North Georgia Chamber Music Festival
When: 8 p.m. June 15 and 22; 3 p.m. June 17 and 24
Where: Gloria Shott Performance Hall, 322 Georgia Circle, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega.
How much: $30 per concert, discounts for multiple concerts
More info: www.northgeorgia.edu/chambermusic
A lineup of nine world-class classical musicians will gather over the next two weekends in the North Georgia Chamber Music Festival.
The event includes four programs, two each on Fridays and Sundays through June 24 on the campus of North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega.
The festival was conceived and is directed by Cecylia Arzewski, renowned violinist and former concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The Krakow, Poland, native studied music at the Krakow Music Academy, the Tel Aviv Conservatory, Juilliard, the Meadowmount School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music.
In 1978, after receiving a prize at the Bach International Competition, Arzewski played a debut recital at Carnegie Hall consisting entirely of Bach unaccompanied violin works.
“My first acquaintance with the magic spells of chamber music came when I was a student at Juilliard in 1962. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of being swept along by the powerful currents of the most intimate form of music making,” she said.
“The solitude in chamber music shapes its visions over the hall. Everyone is alone, yet together at the same time. Listeners are pulled into the quiet, sometimes painful, sometimes blissful space created within us.”
Arzewski has served as assistant concertmaster or concertmaster for symphonies in Boston, Cleveland and Atlanta. She also has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Pops and played regularly in chamber music concerts throughout New England. She has appeared in concerts with the Georgian Chamber Players and in recitals throughout Europe.
Arzewski served as concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony for 18 years and left in 2008 to concentrate on teaching, performing and recording projects. She was honored with the Hambidge Distinguished Artist Award for 2009.
The event under her direction features four programs over the next two weekends in Gloria Shott Performance Hall, a 162-seat intimate setting.
The festival begins with a performance by The Vega String Quartet, the quartet in residence at Emory University since 2006.
The group features Domenic Salerni and Jessica Shuang Wu on violins, Yinzi Kong on viola and Guang Wang on cello. Considered on the cutting edge of chamber music ensembles, the group has been praised by the L.A. Times and the New York Times and has performed in venues such as the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
The next two concerts feature four members of three Atlanta orchestras; violinists Kenn Wagner and Olga Shpitko and violist YangYoon Kim are with the Atlanta Symphony and cellist Charae Krueger is with the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet orchestras. Krueger also plays with the Atlanta Symphony.
The four Atlanta musicians will be joined by renowned pianist William Ransom for the final concert Sunday, June 24. Ransom has collaborated with musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Stoltzman, William Preucil, Robert McDuffie and Stephen Isserlis.
The festival will feature pieces from Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky.
Tickets are $30 for each concert, with discounts are available for multiple concerts. Tickets may be purchased online, along with information on directions and accommodations, at www.northgeorgia.edu/chambermusic.