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Inaugural North Georgia Chamber Music Festival planned for June

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DAHLONEGA Nine world-class musicians will bring their talents to the Dahlonega campus of North Georgia College & State University for the inaugural North Georgia Chamber Music Festival, which features four programs of music spread out over two weekends in June.

The four concerts will be held in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall. The festival features two Friday night concerts and two Sunday afternoon concerts.

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 Friday, June 15 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 Los Angeles Times and the New York Times and has performed in venues such as the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

While the festival's other three concerts will feature the same four members of three premiere Atlanta orchestras, the pieces performed for each will be different.

Kenn Wagner, first violinist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, began focusing his studies toward a musical career at age 13 after soloing with the New Orleans and Arlington, Va., symphonies. He has been with the Atlanta Symphony since 1994 and served as acting assistant concertmaster for the orchestra during the 2004-05 season.

Olga Shpitko, who has played violin with the Atlanta Symphony since 2006, was born in L'viv, Ukraine. In 1997, she came to the United States to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University after receiving two scholarship funds for young musicians.

YangYoon Kim, who has played viola with the Atlanta Symphony since 2009, was born in Seoul, South Korea. She started learning viola at the age 11 and has won many international competitions since making her debut at age 13.
Charae Krueger is principal cellist for the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet orchestras and also plays frequently with the Atlanta Symphony. She is the cello professor at Kennesaw State University. She also has played in a jazz string quartet and several alternative rock bands and has appeared on the albums of popular artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Faith Hill and Natalie Cole.

The four Atlanta musicians will be joined by renowned pianist William Ransom for the final concert of the festival on Sunday, June 24.

Ransom has collaborated with musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Stoltzman, William Preucil, Robert McDuffie, and Stephen Isserlis. As a master teacher, he has also performed and given master classes at numerous schools of music and universities around the world. He is the Mary Emerson Professor of Piano at Emory University, where he is director of piano studies.

For more information about the festival, including directions and accommodations, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/chambermusic. Tickets also may be purchased online via the website. Tickets are $30 for each concert and special combination tickets are available for multiple concerts.

Link: NGCSU Chamber Music
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