Symposium for High Schools Hits a Chord

Friday, February 27, 2009

A Saxophone and Percussion Symposium will bring sweet melodic rhythm to campus on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 with three free concerts that the community is invited to attend.

Local high school ensembles, UWG music groups and UWG faculty and students will perform together on Friday at 3:45 p.m. and 7 p.m., and at a closing concert on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The symposium showcases the UWG Department of Music and gives high school and junior high school students an opportunity to play their instruments side by side with university students and faculty.

The first concert will be performed on Friday at 3:45 in the Campus Center Ballroom and will feature the South Paulding High School Saxophone Quartet with Eric Slay, Director of Bands, and Chris Carr, Associate Director of Bands.  The group will perform selections from Bach, Humperdinck and Joplin.

The UWG Wind Symphony and Jazz Percussion Group will also perform the works of William Schuman, Percy Grainger, George Gershwin, Steven Bryant, Boris Kozhevbikov and Doug Overmier, director of bands and percussion at UWG.

The second concert will take place on Friday at 7 p.m. in Kathy Cashen Recital Hall and will feature UWG faculty in addition to the Stars Mill High School Saxophone Quartet and Quintet. 

Stars Mill High School students will perform works from Handel and Bach.  The UWG faculty will perform the works of Herbie Mann, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Bernhard Heiden, Ryo Noda and Lucie Robert.

The closing concert will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. It will feature an ensemble comprised of selected symposium participants who will perform works of Debusy, Handel, Grainger and Bizet.

Dr. John Bleuel, associate professor of music, and Overmier will direct the two-day event. For more information, call 678-839-6516.