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Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society continues partnership, looks for audience growth

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 4:08 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 9:27 PM
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A music partnership with the former Augusta State University is continuing under the newly merged Georgia Regents University, a move the group’s leader said signifies potential for growth of music and arts at the school and in the community.

The Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society is gaining a larger audience base while the collaboration is otherwise unchanged, said Dr. Quentin Kuyper, the co-artistic director for the music group.

“It’s the same relationship we had,” Kuyper said. “Nothing changed.”

Incorporating the medical campus into its outreach is a return to the music society’s early years, Kuyper said. When the group was founded 23 years ago, performances were held at the old Medical College building on Telfair Street. Ties with Augusta State University began in 1999 and performances have been held at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on the Summerville campus ever since.

GRU’s faculty, staff and students will be admitted free of charge to events on the Summerville campus. Each year, the music society plays host to six small ensembles such as trios or quintets from around the nation and globe. Its next event is Jan. 25.

David Brond, the senior vice president for communications and marketing at GRU, said the music partnership is one of many initiatives integrating the university with the surrounding area. Last week, the university announced it is the new title sponsor of the Augusta Half Marathon and 10K.

“We’re part of the community, the community is part of us,” Brond said.

Kuyper, who formerly directed the ASU Conservatory Program, said he hopes music education at GRU continues to add students, resources and facilities.

As for the prospect of a new performing arts center, Kuyper said he’s interested in developments but has not been involved in any conversations.

Brond said new facilities for music depend on funding like any other area of the university.

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Riverman1 01/16/13 - 05:48 pm
If we are referring to the

If we are referring to the two campuses by their former neighborhoods then the medical campus should be Frog Hollow. Afterall, ASU is not Summerville.

Sweet son
Sweet son 01/16/13 - 07:00 pm
Thanks Riverman!!

You say things that come to my mind and I agree with you 100%. You are also right about the campus in the hole. It should be called Frog "Holler." Frog "Holler" was a big neighborhood filled with many hardworking people so why are they not as important as the "rich folk" who happened to be able to afford to live up on the hill. If nothing else the ASU campus should be referred to as the Arsenal Campus. Or, the logical thing is to refer to one as the ASU campus and the other as the MCG campus. Of course we know that King Azziz will call them what he wants to. But, you and I and others will always refer to them as ASU and MCG!!!! And he can kiss something I can't mention! He can call the whole thing "Gooorooo" if he wants to but I will never call them that!

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