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Symphony kicks off season
Symphony pic
Laurin Smith conducts the North Georgia Chamber Symphony during one of the groups holiday concerts last year. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

The North Georgia Chamber Symphony has scheduled a series of four holiday concerts in four different Northeast Georgia cities, including Dawsonville, during the first few days of December.


The concert series begins in Dawsonville at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. The performance will be held at the Bowen Center for the Arts. Performances will follow in Blairsville, Dahlonega and Gainesville. 


Admission is free, but donations to cover the expenses of the concerts will be accepted.


The programs include a variety of classical and popular selections, such as “The Nutcracker Suite” by P. I. Tchaikovsky and “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin.


Special guest performers will be the North Georgia Children’s Chorus conducted by Janey Chapman and Ruth Purcell. The group will also lead in the singing of Christmas carols.


Based in Dahlonega, the North Georgia Chamber Symphony formed in 2002 as a community and school orchestra at North Georgia College & State University.


Laurin Smith, who formed the orchestra and has been its director and conductor since that time, studied extensively in the New York area.


For more information on the North Georgia Chamber Symphony, go to, or call (706) 867-9444.