Il Portale Musicale Feb. 19

Come for a night of sweet music at the Il Portale Musicale student recital Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. The evening will present a repertoire of classical and modern songs performed by Brenau’s music majors.

The event is free and open to the public.

Music Majors Perform at Lanier Village Feb. 12

Sophomore music education major Lloyd Burkes performs for the residents of Lanier Village Estates Feb. 12.

Brenau music majors presented a concert for the residents of Lanier Village Estates on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The theme of the concert centered around love for Valentine’s Day, with songs presented in a variety of languages. Sophomore Lloyd Burkes performed “Give a Man A Horse He Can Ride,” freshman Anna Feng sang “Pur dicesti, o bocca bella (O Beautiful Mouth),” and senior Jennifer Skidmore sang “Liebst du um Schönheit.” Piano accompaniment was provided by Ben Leaptrott and Julie Brady.

The concert provided the music majors a wonderful reason to aim for high quality performance as they prepare for the Il Portale Musicale concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Pearce Auditorium.

Tickets to Terminus Ballet Dance Concert Feb. 9

The High School Dance Festival will take place this weekend, Feb. 9-10, at the Brenau Downtown Center and Gainesville campus, and will include a guest performance by Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre.

One of their dancers, Heath Gill, created a dance piece titled Confronting Genius that will be presented at the 7:30 p.m. dance concert in the Theatre in the Square. Additionally, Brenau Dance Department will present Joshua Blake Carter’s work Genesis. The Gainesville Ballet and other works will be performed by pre-professional companies from Atlanta.

Tickets are available at the door for $10. Less than 100 tickets remain. To learn more about Terminus, visit their website.

Zoetic Dance: Sweaty Litanies Thursday, Jan. 31

Zoetic Dance presents Sweaty Litanies 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Sellars Gallery of the Simmons Visual Art Center. Sweaty Litanies is choreographed by Christina Noel Reaves and features live, original music by Norman Frank.

The evening will also include guest performances by Brenau dance majors as a part of Zoetic’s immersive arts platform, tête-á-tête, which brings together artists of different genres in creative art spaces throughout Georgia. This is the second and final event of this season’s tête-á-tête series, featuring excerpts of Rooms by the Brenau Department of Dance, choreographed by Zoetic Artistic Director Mallory Baxley during Zoetic’s guest residency.

Free and open to the public.


Stage Tours for ‘Noises Off’ and ‘Men on Boats’

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance will present two stage tours for the upcoming productions of “Noises Off” and “Men on Boats” the last week of January.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, GTA artistic director and show director Jim Hammond will showcase the elaborate preparations for “Noises Off,” including a revolving set on which sardines fly, pants drop and endless doors slam with abandon for the beloved British sex-farce. Costume designer Pamela Workman will be there to discuss her pants-dropping (literally) designs, as will lighting designer and GTA alum, Jennifer Trippe Nakahara.  Patrons will be treated to a taste of the production in the form of one of its uproarious scenes.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, visitors will be welcomed to the Lake Lanier Olympic Boat House by the music of bluegrass composer and performer Kyle Cantrall. GTA resident director Elisa Carlson will discuss the unusual casting choice of the “Men on Boats” playwright. Scenic designer Larry Cook and lighting designer Evan Freeman will talk about the theater tricks involved in converting the small UNG-Gainesville theater into the Grand Canyon with rushing water.

The stage tours are free and open to the public. For more information on the stage tours and for tickets and information on the actual performances, call the box office at 678-717-3624 or visit

Singing for the Sugar Snouts Concert Jan. 18

Come join the students of Brenau adjunct professor Jan Grissom for a vocal recital “Singing for the Sugar Snouts” performed in the atrium of the John S. Burd Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Enjoy a variety of musical theater and opera repertoire, and support the needy shelter animals of Frankie and Andy’s Place. Free and open to the public, although donations are greatly appreciated.

NEGAHC Family Day: Riding the Rails Jan. 13

Learn about the history of trains and railway service in Gainesville at this family-friendly event presented by the Northeast Georgia History Center from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. There will be living history demonstrations, hands-on activities, games and special musical performances.

Free and open to the public. For more information, call 770.297.5900.

NEGAHC Family Day: Victorian Christmas Dec. 9

Join the Northeast Georgia History Center Sunday, Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m. for one of their most popular family programs as they celebrate and illuminate holiday festivities. Photos with Santa Claus, living-history demonstrations, hands-on activities, special musical, vocal and storytelling performances and seasonal refreshments make this one of the most special History Center events of the year. Free and open to the public. For more information: 770-297-5900.

Gainesville Ballet Presents The Nutcracker Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

The Gainesville Ballet Company presents its annual performance of The Nutcracker Friday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 2, in Pearce Auditorium.

Enter a world of magic as a little girl takes you through an enchanted forest of snowflakes and into a land of sweets and dreams in this holiday ballet.

Performances are on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for Brenau faculty, staff and students with a valid ID.  Faculty, staff and student tickets must be purchased at the box office, which opens an hour and a half before each performance. For more information and for general admission ticket prices: 770-532-4241,, or

Brenau Music Department Fall Events

This fall, Brenau’s Music Department participated in several community events:
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Brenau music students performed a recital for the residents of Lanier Village. Ben Leaptrott, affliate professor of music, accompanied the students with help from one of his students, Julie Fowler Brady.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Brenau Music and Dance departments collaborated for an International Week performance, Ceol, damhsa agus craic!, celebrating the Celtic sounds of Ireland with traditional Irish music, singing and dancing.
  • On Sunday, Nov. 4, The Brenau Gospel Choir performed it Highest Praise concert and hosted a workshop for community members and students to teach singing techniques for gospel music.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 8, Bobby Ivey, assistant professor of music education, hosted the Gainesville City Schools Fifth Grade Honor Chorus at Brenau in Pearce Auditorium. The one-day choral intensive brought selected fifth graders together to learn music, culminating with a performance for their teachers and families in the afternoon.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 8, Leaptrott and Jan Grissom, adjunct professor of voice, performed for the Gainesville/Hall County Community on Aging. The Council on Aging was celebrating Lessie Smithgall, 107 year old benefactor of Brenau and other philanthropic venues in and around Gainesville. To learn more, visit
  • On Thursday, Nov. 8, Barbara Steinhaus, music department chair, took the voice students to the Emory Voice Center. This informative and fun venture allows the students to better understand their voice from the professionals in otolaryngology. To learn more, visit
  • On Friday, Nov. 9, Leaptrott played with Atlanta Symphony violinist Kenn Wagner for a fundraiser benefiting the Waldorf School of Atlanta, in Decatur.