The Brenau University Department of Music has opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to share their talents and love of music by joining any of the three open ensembles: The Gospel Choir, Spectrum Singers and Spectrum Winds. Students may also choose to add these ensembles as a one-credit course.
Have you ever wanted to be a part of an ensemble that not only sounded good, but fed your soul as well? The Brenau Gospel Choir is here to satisfy those needs. The Gospel Choir meets every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the choir room on the third floor of the Burd Center (Burd 345). Students may choose to register for the Gospel Choir as a one-credit course (MC 130.01). Please contact director Portia Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All interested singers are invited to join Spectrum Singers. This non-auditioned mixed choral group is open to Brenau students, faculty, staff and community members who love to sing and want to perform in a choir. Students may choose to register for Spectrum Singers (MC 120.01) to receive one credit. This choral group rehearses Mondays from 5-6:30 p.m. in Thurmond McRae. Contact Bobby Ivey at email@example.com or 770-534-6234 if you are interested in joining or have any questions.
Finally, Spectrum Winds is a wind ensemble consisting of woodwinds, brass and percussion. The ensemble is open to students, faculty, staff and community members of all levels and performs a wide range of popular, multi-cultural and traditional styles of music. Check out Spectrum Winds on “That Mancini Magic” on YouTube. Students may also choose to register for Spectrum Winds as a one-credit course (MC 160.01). The ensemble meets Mondays from 7-8:59 p.m. in Banks Recital Hall in the Burd Center. For more information, contact Don Strand at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-915-1480.
The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events within the next week, starting with a forum, “The People, Laws, and Cases of the Indian Removal Act” tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 9, and “Family Day: Music in the Mountains” on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Tonight, join the History Center at 7 p.m. to hear the organization’s own David French speak on the timeline, legal context, characters and court cases surrounding the Indian Removal Act and the subsequent Trail of Tears. Learn how one of the most divisive laws in American History came to pass.
General admission is $3; members enter free.
History Center Forums will run January through June on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
This upcoming Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1-4 p.m. the History Center will present “Family Day: Music in the Mountains,” which will provide a look and listen at the music traditions and instruments of North Georgia from the early 19th century, when if you wanted music you made it, through the 1940s, when the transition to music readily available through technology was complete. Live music and dance performances, living history interpretation, and hands-on activities make for a great way to start the New Year!
Family Days run January through April on the second Sunday of each month from 1-4 p.m. Family Days are free of admission.
The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events next week: “Family Day: Victorian Christmas,” on Sunday, Dec. 10, and “Forum: Pearl Harbor,” on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
On Sunday, visit the 19th century with the Northeast Georgia History Center as we celebrate the holidays and explore the traditions of Victorian Era Christmas-tide during “Family Day: Victorian Christmas.”
Have your holiday photo made with Santa Claus by the fire, refresh yourself with hot cider, hot chocolate and cookies, and hear performances of ‘Twas the night before Christmas, as well as Christmas songs and carols. You can also make pioneer era-inspired ornaments and decorations to take home or put on the History Center Christmas tree as we explore holiday traditions with performances, hands-on activities, living history interpretation and demonstrations.
This Family Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
During the forum on Tuesday, Dec. 12, the History Center’s own Executive Director Glen Kyle will speak about that cataclysmic “day of infamy” 76 years ago: Pearl Harbor. Kyle is the History Center’s resident WWII expert, having taught continuing education courses on the subject and having authored the book Hall County in WWII. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and is $3 for nonmembers.
The Gainesville Ballet Company presents its annual performance of The Nutcracker Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3, 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, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for Brenau University faculty, staff and students with a valid ID. Faculty, staff and students tickets must be purchased at the box office, which opens an hour and a half before each performance, in Pearce. For more information on the show and for general admission ticket prices: 770-532-4241, email@example.com, or https://gainesvilleballet.org.
Bobby Ivey directs the Vocal Chamber Ensemble at Pearce Auditorium during "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Get Your Passport Ready!" presented by the Brenau University Department of Music.
Spectrum Singers, directed by Bobby Ivey, will present a Holiday Concert featuring “Gloria” by Randal Bass and other Christmas favorites on Monday, Nov. 27, at the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Hosch Theatre. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Donald Strand, adjunct instructor of music, conducts the Spectrum Winds. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the Department of Music will present a combined Spectrum Winds and Il Portale Musicale concert. This concert will feature both the Brenau University Spectrum Winds ensemble and solo performances from the music majors.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events this upcoming week, “Family Day: Home and Harvest” on Sunday, Nov. 12, and “Forum: The Gold Rush,” on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Sunday’s “Family Day: Home and Harvest” lets the whole family experience the close of the harvest season and preparing home for the winter in 18th, 19th, and early 20th century Northeast Georgia traditions. The day will include food, music, dancing, storytelling, hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Family Days are held on the second Sunday of each month through December from 1-4 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Tuesday’s Forum will focus on the 1829 Gold Rush, a pivotal event in the history of Northeast Georgia that has had lasting effects on the lands and waters of the region. Hear Dr. Bryan Sorohan discuss the environmental legacy of the search for gold in the mountains and streams in this part of the state. The Forum will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and is $3 for non-members.
Forums are held the second Tuesday of each month through December.
The Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents a stage tour of its upcoming production of “Crazy for You” at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the John S. Burd Center, Hosch Theatre.
“Crazy for You” tells story of a young New York banker who is sent to the sleepy town of Deadrock, Nevada. This hilarious, Tony Award winning, song-and-dance extravaganza features the Gershwin classics “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Embraceable You.” The show is rated PG.