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North Ga. Chamber Symphony springs into trio of concerts

POSTED: May 17, 2012 12:30 a.m.

The North Georgia Chamber Symphony has scheduled a series of spring concerts in Northeast Georgia cities today through Saturday.

The Dahlonega-based group begins its concert series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville. The second is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Old Courthouse on the Square in Blairsville.

The final performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Dahlonega United Methodist Church.

Admission is free, but donations to cover expenses will be accepted.

This concert features music from the 1700s through the 20th century, from classics to pop. It will include Johannes Brahms’ “Scherzo from Serenade No. 1,” then Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”

Felix Mendelssohn’s “Songs without Words No. 35 and No. 6 (Venetian Gondola Song)” follow. Director Laurin Smith solos on the violin solo on Ernest Lubin’s “Pavane.” Rebecca Gerstenlauer plays solo on viola and Concertmaster Bob Christmas on violin on Claude Debussy’s “Girl With the Flaxen Hair.”

Other 20th century favorites include Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” and Brian Wilson’s “Surfer Girl.” The performance concludes with a folk arrangement, “Fiddler’s Stew,” by Richard Meyer.

At intermission, professional musicians from the Chamber Symphony will perform a movement or two of chamber music.

Other members who perform regularly with the group who will take part in the concert series include Barbara Spruell, first violin: Betty Florence (principal second), Hannah Mott and Jan Chester, second violin; Paula Jean Redditt, third violin; Mary Drath, viola; and Jan Hill, cello.

For more information on the North Georgia Chamber Symphony, visit or call 706-867-9444.

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