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Orchestrating spring concerts at UNG
Four musical events in a week's time
The University of North Georgia Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. today in Hoad Auditorium on the UNG Dahlonega campus. The free concert will include an original piece by a UNG student.

Fans of classical music may have two opportunities to hear live performances of symphony standards and newly composed material thanks to the University of North Georgia.

The UNG Orchestra, composed of students only, will present its spring concert at 8 p.m. today in Hoag Auditorium on UNG’s Dahlonega campus. 

The free concert will premiere an original composition by a UNG student and feature “Symphony No. 101” by Joseph Haydn and “Peer Gynt Suite” by Edvard Grieg.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to premiere a new work composed by one of our orchestra members alongside two staples of the orchestral repertoire,” said Dr. Joe Chapman, professor of music at UNG and conductor of the orchestra. “I am confident that our audience will thoroughly enjoy ‘Galactic Symphony,’ which was composed this spring by UNG student cellist Caleb Swift.”

Ten days later, the North Georgia Symphony Orchestra will present an all-Beethoven program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Cumming First Methodist Church. Tickets are $10.

The professional orchestra, which includes faculty members, will deliver a program featuring Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto for piano and “Symphony No. 5.”

“We will be featuring a member of the faculty, Dr. Joe Chapman, in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the ‘Emperor,’” said Andy David, the orchestra’s music director and head of UNG’s music department.

The other work on the program is Beethoven’s towering landmark, “Symphony No. 5” in C minor.

“Many musicians and music lovers around the world consider the 5th to be the greatest symphony ever composed,” David said. “I’m certainly looking forward to the challenge of conducting this epic work.”

Other upcoming spring concerts include: 

The Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. today at the Ed Cabell Theatre on the UNG Gainesville campus.

The Percussion Ensemble at 8 p.m. Monday, April 27, on the UNG Dahlonega campus.