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Chamber symphony plays classics
The North Georgia Chamber Symphony Inc. will premiere “Foothills,” a four-part piece for strings and piano, at its four free concerts this weekend across Hall County.

The North Georgia Chamber Symphony Inc. will perform four free concerts May 16 through May 18 in Dawsonville, Blairsville, Gainesville and Dahlonega.

The Dahlonega-based symphony will begin its concert series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville. The second concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 at the Old Courthouse on the Square in Blairsville.

Final performances are Saturday, May 18. The first one at 3 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, and the second at 7:30 p.m. at Dahlonega United Methodist Church.

The concerts will feature the world premiere of “Foothills,” a four-part piece for strings and piano, commissioned by the North Georgia Chamber Symphony Inc. and written by Scott Pender of Washington, D.C. The work uses elements of old-time music, where the piano gradually emerges from an accompanying role into a solo role in the finale.

Additionally, the orchestra will perform the Sicilienne and Overture by Gluck, Souvenir de Porto Rico by Gottschalk, Sinfonia in B minor by Vivaldi and the lively Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms.

Director Laurin Smith will perform the viola solo in Telemann’s Concerto in G Major for viola, strings and continuo.