|North Georgia Chamber Music Festival|
Cecylia Arzewski, violinist and former concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, had a vision to begin a chamber music festival in northeast Georgia and is the artistic director of the inaugural North Georgia Chamber Music Festival. This event, coming on June 15th & 16th, 2013, will feature world-class musicians in an intimate setting on the campus of University of North Georgia campus in Dahlonega. The concerts form the centerpiece of a perfect summer getaway to the cool mountains and region brimming with activities ranging from wine tasting to hiking.
World-class musicians will bring their talents to the University of North Georgia in June for the second North Georgia Chamber Music Festival, with performances scheduled in Cumming, Dahlonega and Gainesville.
The festival features two Saturday night concerts and two Sunday afternoon concerts. The first two of the four concerts, set for June 15 and 16, will be held in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall on UNG's Dahlonega campus. The third concert will be held June 22 in the Ed Cabell Theatre on the university's Gainesville campus; the June 23 concert will be held in the Cumming First United Methodist Church.
Cecylia Arzewski, violinist and former concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, had a vision to begin a chamber music festival in northeast Georgia and is the event's artistic director.
"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."
The festival begins with a performance by The Vega String Quartet and renowned pianist William Ransom. The quartet will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet "Serioso" in F minor, op. 95, and Juan Ramirez's "Suite Latina for String Quartet." Ransom will join the quartet to perform Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat major, op. 44.
The June 16 concert features five members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) — violinists David Coucheron and Justin Bruns, cellists Daniel Laufer and Charae Krueger, and Yang-Yoon Kim on viola.
Coucheron, who plays a 1725 Stradivarius, and Laufer will perform Zoltan Kodaly's Duo for Violin and Cello; all five musicians will perform Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C major, D. 956.
On June 22, Kruger and Ransom will be joined by violinist Helen Kim for a performance at the Ed Cabell Theatre on UNG's Gainesville campus. The trio will perform Antonin Dvorak's Piano Trio "Dumky" in E minor, op. 90, and Mendelsshon's Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, op. 49.
The festival wraps up on June 23 at the Cumming First United Methodist Church with a duo recital from Coucheron and his sister, pianist Julie Coucheron. The pair will perform Christian Sinding's Suite in A minor, op. 10; Edvard Grieg's Sonata no. 2 in G major, op. 13; Beethoven's Violin Sonata in C minor, op. 30, no. 2; 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. For more information about the festival, including directions and accommodations, visit www.ung.edu/chambermusic.
Communications Specialist, University Relations
University of North Georgia, Dahlonega Campus