Solange Lord’s Senior Recital Friday, March 23

This Friday, March 23, senior music major Solange Lord will perform her senior recital at 7:30 p.m. in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts atrium. Solange, soprano, will perform selections featuring music by Richard Strauss, Verdi, and H.T. Burleigh.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Department of Dance Named First-Runner Up for National College Dance Festival

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Dance majors get ready to perform at the ACDA Conference in Hartsville, South Carolina in March 2018.

The Brenau University Department of Dance participated with great success in the American College Dance Association Conference hosted by Coker College March 1-5.

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Dance majors with Interim Chair of Dance Madia Cooper at the 2018 ACDA Conference.

Interim Chair of Dance Madia Cooper-Ashirifi and 13 dancers traveled to Hartsville, South Carolina, for the conference, which included more than 10 universities from the Southeast that shared dance works informally and in adjudicated – or judged – performances.

Most notably, the Brenau dancers’ performance of guest artist Kassandra Taylor Newberry’s piece “Ah … I See” was selected out of 44 dances to be performed in the final gala concert at ACDA. Only 10 pieces are chosen to be performed in the gala concert. The conference adjudicators remarked that the piece is “an infinitely fascinating and surprising dance powered by unexpected rhythmic variations and a syncopated and unique vocabulary expertly rendered by the laser-focused ensemble.”

The piece was also chosen as the first runner-up to show at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in the National College Dance Festival in June. As first alternate, Brenau will perform in the National College Dance Festival as the first choice if one of the two invited schools cannot perform. In either case, Brenau and the piece will be highlighted in the National Festival program.

Both remarkable accomplishments are firsts in the Department of Dance’s history since attending ACDA for the past 10 years.

Additionally, senior Nia Byrd’s work “Ennui” was given great feedback and insight from adjudicators and was very well received by peers and colleagues. The Brenau performance of guest artist Juel Lane’s work “The Willingness to Try” shown in the informal concert was also very well received.

Vocal Chamber Ensemble Concert Tuesday, March 13

The Brenau Vocal Chamber Ensemble performs their concert "There Is Sweet Music" in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Brenau Vocal Chamber Ensemble performs their concert "There Is Sweet Music" in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

On Tuesday, March 13, the Vocal Chamber Ensemble, directed by Bobby Ivey, will present a program of choral music promoting harmony and peace in its concert “Building Bridges: Songs of Peace.”

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts atrium.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Gospel Choir Concert Monday, March 12

The Brenau University Gospel Choir, directed by Portia Burns, will perform its spring concert “Let It Rise!” on Monday, March 12. This uplifting concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Hosch Theatre, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts.

Free and open to the public.

History Center Events March 11 and 13

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events next week: “Family Day: Food Ways” on Sunday, March 11, and “Forum: Saving Appalachian Gardens and Stories,” on Tuesday, March 13.

cornbread in a skilletMarch is the month when spring planting begins, and a new cycle of yearly food preparation begins. On Sunday, March 11, from 1-4 p.m. come to the History Center’s March Family Day and have a taste of history as we celebrate the planting season with hands-on activities, living history interpretation and cooking demonstrations – and of course, samples of traditional food cooked over an open fire. Family Day is free and open to the public.

heirloom seed packetsOn Tuesday, March 13, learn about an heirloom seed-saving project at “Forum: Saving Appalachian Gardens and Stories” with Rosann Kent, director of the University of North Georgia Appalachian Studies Center. Through this project, students collect, grow, bank and share seeds that have been passed down in families for more than three generations. See visual art based on the lives of the seed-keepers. Plus, take home a packet of free heirloom seeds.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.

For more information on these events, call 770-297-5900, email historycenter@brenau.edu, or visit negahc.org.

David Markwith Senior Music Recital Friday, Feb. 23

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David Markwith performs during Water, a Musical Perspective, a concert by Brenau’s Spectrum Winds with solos from HONORS Il Portale Musicale. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

David Markwith will perform his senior recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, in Pearce Auditorium. Markwith, who plays the trombone, will perform musical selections by Handel, Curnow and Blume. The concert will feature the trombone and brass ensemble.

The concert is free and open to the public.

GTA February Festival: ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Monstrous Regiment’

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance will present two main stage productions Feb. 13-24.

Avenue Q logoAvenue Q will be performed in Hosch Theatre, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts,at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-17 and Feb. 20-24, as well as at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 and Feb. 24.

A racy mix between South Park and Sesame Street, part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, Avenue Q won the Tony Award triple crown for best musical, score and book. This laugh-out-loud musical tells the story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton, who arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q, where he meets a colorful cast of characters. Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Rated R.

Tickets are $24-26 for adults, $22-24 for seniors and $14-16 for students.

Monstrous Regiment imageRunning concurrently with Avenue Q, Monstrous Regiment will be performed at UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 18 and 20-24, as well as at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and Feb. 24.

Based on the 31st novel in Terry Pratchett’s popular Discworld series, Monstrous Regiment is a wickedly funny look at the absurdities of war and ambiguities of identity. Adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. Rated PG-13.

Tickets are $18-20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12-14 for students.

Brenau faculty, staff and students are eligible for discounted tickets on all performance nights and free tickets on certain nights to both shows. For more information and for tickets, call the box office at 678-717-3624 or visit gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org.

History Center Hosts Colonial Georgia and Digital Media Events

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events next week: “Family Day: Colonial Georgia” on Sunday, Feb. 11, and “Forum: The Magic of Digital Media — How the Cottrell Digital Studio Brings History to Life,” on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The last of the original thirteen colonies to be established by Great Britain, Georgia nonetheless had 43 years of colonial development. For the “Family Day: Colonial Georgia” program on Sunday, Feb. 11, living history demonstrations of Georgia’s Colonial military, music and dance performances, and hands-on activities illuminate life in Colonial Georgia from its founding in 1733 to the separation from England in 1776.

Family Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Family Days are scheduled from January through April on the second Sunday each month.

During next Tuesday’s Forum on Feb. 13, the History Center’s Media Producer, Libba Beaucham, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the technology in the center’s Cottrell Digital Studio. With tips on how to achieve quality video content on a small budget to the basics of video conferencing, this forum is a great introduction to both the creative and practical uses of digital technology.

The Forum will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and $3 for nonmembers. History Center forums are scheduled January through June on the second Tuesday of each month.

For more information on these events, call 770-297-5900, email historycenter@brenau.edu, or visit negahc.org.

GTA’s ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Monstrous Regiment’ Stage Tours Next Week

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance will present stage tours of two of its upcoming spring productions next week.

Avenue Q logoThe stage tour for the spring musical “Avenue Q” will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. in Hosch Theatre, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this award-winning, R-rated show. The production of “Avenue Q” will run Feb. 13-24.

Monstrous Regiment logoOn Thursday, Feb. 1, GTA will present a stage tour of “Monstrous Regiment” at 6 p.m. in UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre. Make sure to attend this event to hear how the design team is creating this hilarious British comedy. “Monstrous Regiment” will run Feb. 16-24.

Both 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 gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org.

Reminder: Singing for the Sugar Snouts Concert Saturday, Jan. 20

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Join the music students of Jan Grissom and some special friends for a concert this Saturday, Jan. 20, in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts atrium.

This concert will contain musical theater favorites and will benefit the animals of Frankie and Andy’s Place. There will be a small reception at 7 p.m. before the concert. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by dessert around 8:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public; however, donations are greatly appreciated.