Congratulations, Madia Cooper-Ashirifi and Family

Ellis Nana Kweku Ashirifi,Madia Cooper-Ashirifi and Kwabena Ashirifi welcomed baby boy, Ellis Nana Kweku Ashirifi, at 5:07 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, in Lawrenceville. He weighed 8 lbs 9 oz.

Junior Music Recital Friday, June 16

Gabrielle Wagner, left, performs with Amber Urso, right, in Brenau University’s opera workshop of “Little Red Riding Hood.”

Gabrielle Wagner will give her Junior Recital at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, in the Atrium of the Burd Center.

Her repertoire includes music by well-known classical composers Handel, Bellini, and Schubert; as well as by American composer John Adams. However, the main theme of the vocal literature is the lullaby. Gabrielle’s theme reflects her new life as a mother, having given birth in March to a healthy baby boy. She is studying for a Bachelor of Arts in advanced music: voice.

This concert is free and open to the public. Ben Leaptrott will be accompanying at the piano. Wagner will also be assisted by music major, Alyssa Stowers.

Free Cashbox and Document Holder

If you are interested in a locked cash box or a document holder for your office please contact nfinley@brenau.edu.

History Center Open House Saturday, May 13

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host a Membership Open House at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13.

For one day only, admission to the Northeast Georgia History Center will be free. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the History Center and its membership program.

If you have never seen the History Center before, this is an excellent opportunity to see everything it has to offer. For more information, call 770-297-5900, email historycenter@brenau.edu or visit www.negahc.org/.

Final Spectrum Singers and Vocal Chamber Ensemble Concert April 10

Bobby Ivey, assistant professor in the music department, leads the Brenau University Spectrum Singers, Vocal Chamber Ensemble and the Chestatee High School I Cantori in their first song of A Holiday Concert Friday, Nov. 26.

Bobby Ivey, assistant professor in the music department, leads the Brenau University Spectrum Singers, Vocal Chamber Ensemble and the Chestatee High School I Cantori in their first song of A Holiday Concert Friday, Nov. 26.

Vocal Chamber Ensemble. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)On Monday, April 10, Spectrum Singers and Vocal Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Bobby Ivey, will delight the audience with a variety of songs from around the world in the Department of Music’s final concert of the semester, “Get Your Passport Ready!” This is the last program of the Concerts Connecting Cultures series.

Five of Brenau’s international students from China are participating in Spectrum Singers this semester and Lisa Wang will accompany the group playing a Chinese folk song on the erhu.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium, and is free and open to the public. For more information call 770-538-4764 or go to brenau.edu/fineartshumanities/music/.

Georgia Poetry Circuit Spring Reading Monday, April 3

Kim AddonizioThe Georgia Poetry Circuit spring reading by Kim Addonizio will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the Trustee Library Quiet Zone. A Q&A session with Addonizio will follow at 2:30 p.m. also in the Library Quiet Zone.

Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections and two books on writing poetry. In addition to earning numerous awards and grants, she also plays harmonica with the word/music group Nonstop Beautiful Ladies, and she has two word/music CDs in collaboration with other artists.

Her latest books are a poetry collection, Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton), and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin). She teaches and performs internationally.

The reading and Q&A are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.berry.edu/gpc or call 770-534-6195.

Spectrum Winds and Honors Il Portale Concert Tuesday, April 4

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, the Department of Music will present a joint instrumental and vocal concert with Spectrum Winds, the brass and wind ensemble, and Honors Il Portale Musicale in Pearce Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

For information, call 770-538-4764 or visit www.brenau.edu/fineartshumanities/music.

Gospel Choir Concert Monday, March 20

Brenau University Gospel Choir concert (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau University Gospel Choir concert (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Brenau University Gospel Choir will perform its spring concert, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, on Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the John S. Burd Center’s Hosch Theatre.

The concert, directed by Portia Burns, will feature spiritual songs from many lands. This performance is free and open to the public. For information, visit brenau.edu/fineartshumanities/music or call 770.538.4764.

History Center Hosts Family Day Sunday, March 12 and Forum Tuesday, March 14

The Northeast Georgia History Center will present two events in the next week: Family Day on Sunday, March 12, and a forum on Tuesday, March 14.

Family Day’s theme will be “From Plow to Plate: Mountain Food Ways.” It will run from 1-4 p.m. on March 12 and will include cooking in the cabin, planting in the garden and sharing traditional recipes for attendees to try at home, as the History Center celebrates the planting season with hands-on activities, living history interpretation and demonstrations. Family Days will be held through April on the second Sunday of each month and are free and open to the public.

The forum on “Rural Churches of Georgia” will begin at 7 p.m. on March 14 at the History Center. Dr. George Hart will be on hand to share a statewide effort to research, record and, if possible, preserve the remaining historic rural churches of Georgia. The effort is noncommercial and is made up of a small group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of our past and the dissemination of as much knowledge as possible.

Hart’s book will also be available for sale in the Museum Shop. Northeast Georgia History Center forums are held through June on the second Tuesday of each month. Admissions is free for members and $3 for nonmembers. For more information, call 770.297.5900, visit negahc.org or email historycenter@brenau.edu.

Leaptrott Trio Concert Saturday, March 11

The Leaptrott Trio is, from left, Kenn Wagner, Ben Leaptrott and Charae Krueger.

The Leaptrott Trio will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road SE, Smyrna, Georgia. This concert is jointly sponsored by Brenau University’s Department of Music and the Atlanta Alumni chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, a national music honor fraternity. Brenau’s chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, as well as a number of the university’s music majors, will be in attendance.

The Leaptrott Trio includes Kenn Wagner, Charae Krueger and Ben Leaptrott. Kenn Wagner is first violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Charae Krueger is principal cello with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Ben Leaptrott is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist in and around Atlanta, and he serves as an assistant professor of music at Brenau University.

The concert is free and open to the public. All Brenau faculty, staff, students, alumni and prospective students are invited to attend. For information, call 770.538.4764 or email nfinley@brenau.edu.