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Sounds of the classics
String quartet to play annual Chamber music festival
The Vega String Quartet is comprised of violinists Domenic Salerni and Jessica Shuang Wu, viola player Yinzi Kong and cellist Guang Wang. The quartet will play in the second annual North Georgia Chamber Music Festival on Saturday.

World-class musicians will bring their talents to the University of North Georgia in June for the second annual North Georgia Chamber Music Festival, with performances in Cumming, Dahlonega and Gainesville.

The festival features two Saturday night concerts and two Sunday afternoon concerts. The June 15 concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Hoag Auditorium on UNG’s Dahlonega campus and will feature a performance by The Vega String Quartet and pianist William Ransom.

The Vega String Quartet has been 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. Ransom, who has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, is the Mary Emerson Professor of Piano at Emory University.

The quartet will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet “Serioso” in F minor and Juan Ramirez’s “Suite Latina for String Quartet.” Ransom will join the quartet in Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major.

The second concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16 in the Hoag Auditorium, featuring five members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — violinists David Coucheron and Justin Bruns, cellists Daniel Laufer and Charae Krueger, and Yang-Yoon Kim on viola. Coucheron and Laufer will perform Zoltan Kodaly’s “Duo for Violin and Cello;” all five musicians will perform Franz Schubert’s “Cello Quintet” in C major.

The third concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in the Ed Cabell Theatre at UNG’s Gainesville campus. Ransom will team up with violinist Helen Kim and cellist Charae Krueger and play Antonin Dvorak’s Piano Trio “Dumky” in E minor and Felix Mendelsshon’s “Piano Trio No. 1” in D minor.

The final concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at Cumming First United Methodist Church in Cumming. The duo recital will feature violinist David Coucheron and pianist Julie Coucheron. The pair will play Christian Sinding’s “Suite in A minor;” Edvard Grieg’s “Sonata No. 2” in G major; Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Violin Sonata” in C minor; and Franz Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasy.”

Tickets are $20 for each concert and may be purchased by calling 706-867-2873 or at the door. The performance hall will open 45 minutes prior to each concert.

For tickets, contact Pam Stoffel at For more information, visit