Category: Hugh Hodgson School of Music

UGA Holiday Concert Dec. 4 and 5

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Holiday-Concerts.jpgThe great tradition afforded by a campus symphony orchestra and dynamic choral program returns with the UGA Holiday Concert preformances Dec. 4 & 5 in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall:

The concert brings together hundreds of student musicians from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music for an evening of seasonal selections by the UGA Symphony Orchestra, British Brass Band, Jazz Band and choirs.

"These concerts are one of the events that usher in the holiday season here in Athens," said Dale Monson, Hodgson School director. "They occupy a special place in our hearts and in university life."

The 2014 Holiday Concert is sponsored by Sylvia Harley Arant and Dolly and Bill Barstow.

Tickets for the program, part of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music's 2nd Thursday Scholarship Concert Series, are $25 for the general public and $5 for students. For tickets, call the UGA Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or see www.uga.edu/pac.

An uplifting of all that is the best of the holiday season, this concert is not to be missed. Perfect for finding that festive mood sure to last all season, start your own tradition with family at the UGA Holiday Concert.

Concert on the Lawn, Oct. 17

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The Concert on the Lawn has become a fall tradition on North campus, and the Hodgson Wind Ensemble will present the fifth installment this Friday, Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy an hour of good fellowship and fun at this free concert by the Hodgson Wind Ensemble and director of bands Cynthia Johnston Turner!

Begun in 2010, the program includes light classics, patriotic numbers, and beloved marches in the style of old-fashioned band concerts in the park. This year's repertoire includes Glinka's overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla; American classics such as Whistler and His Dog, The Stars & Stripes Forever, 76 Trombones, Circus Bee March, and America, the Beautiful; John WIlliam's famous Olympic Fanfare; Slava! by Leonard Bernstein; and medlies Disney at the Movies, Broadway Spectacular, andSelections from "The Wiz."

The event is free and open to the public—bring your blanket or lawn chair and a picnic lunch!

So much fun - and if you don't believe it, here's a video we made from the 2011 concert. Bring a chair and see you there.

 

 

2nd Thursday Scholarship Concert Series

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UGASO_11_0.jpgThe Hugh Hodgson School of Music revs up the fall semester with the first concert in the 2nd Thursday Scholarship Concert Series on Thursday Sept. 11, with a new start time at 7:30 p.m.:

Pianist Damon Denton will appear as featured soloist with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 11 in Hodgson Concert Hall.

In addition to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major “Eroica,” one of the most beloved compositions in the Western music canon, the UGA Symphony Orchestra—directed by Mark Cedel—will showcase Denton during its performance of George Gershwin’s “Concerto in F.”

“One of the reasons I love this composition is because it highlights the piano and orchestra in equal measure,” said Denton, a faculty accompanist in the Hodgson School, speaking of “Concerto in F.” “It gives the entire orchestra—not just the piano, but all the wonderful musicians onstage—a chance to shine.”

As one of the country’s most celebrated composers, Gershwin had an affinity for combining distinctly American idioms, including jazz, the blues and ragtime, into his compositions. “Concerto in F,” while more closely tied to classical concerto tradition than “Rhapsody in Blue,” incorporates many of the sounds, textures and harmonies for which Gershwin is known.

“The concerto is all about real life,” Denton said. “It mirrors the street—cars honking, crowds cheering, dirty streets and bright lights. Gershwin’s work is distinctly American music that joyously reflects American life as opposed to abstract melody.”

We know the semester is fully geared up when the Symphony orchestra opens the 2nd Thursday season. Take advantage of these wonderful cultural offerings all year long and help support our students in the Hodgson School by purchasing season tickets. Great concerts and wonderful musical experiences await. See you at Hodgson Hall.

Flutissimo 2014

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flute trill.jpgThe Hugh Hodgson School of Music will hold an intensive flute workshop that includes three recital concerts in Ramsey Concert Hall beginning Monday June 23 at 7:15 pm:

Each concert features members of the Flutissimo! faculty:

Carol Wincenc, Professor of Flute - The Juilliard School
Nicole Esposito, Professor of Flute - University of Iowa
Angela Jones-Reus, Professor of Flute - University of Georgia
Katherine Isbill, DMA - University of Washington, MM & BM - University of Georgia
Victor Asuncion, Professor of Piano - University of Memphis)
Akiko Aguchi, Pianist - Athens, GA

Sounds like great fun - and beautiful music. Jones-Reus is a wonderful performer and teacher who attracts some of the best flute students in the country to UGA. Come find out why. The recitals are free and open to the public

Hodgson Singers take First Prize in Ave Verum Choral Competition

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The great news keep rolling in from the UGA Hodgson Singers European tour, where they have won the Grand Prix Aveverum, 1st prize & best interpretation at the International Ave Verum Choral Competition, held in Baden Austria.

Here's the announcement:

 

And now some music:

 

Lots other great features on their travel blog, so check it out. Congratulations to choral director Dan Bara and all of our students.

Betrieten sie die UGA Hodgson Singers für ihre Europa-Tour 2014

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pic stitch of choral groupOr alternatively: Join the UGA Hodgson Singers for their 2014 European Tour! And if you can't make it to Salzburg Castle or Prague, follow the ensemble via the great travel blog they have set up, hodgsonsingers.wordpress.com/

The UGA Hodgson Singers are the major choral ensemble in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, directed by professor Dan Bara. World tours by our performance students, a kind of hybrid study abroad/promotional good will endeavor that, no matter how many times they travel the world individually, create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the group. What a very fun time and what better ambassadors for the Franklin College and UGA than this group. We're very proud of you. keep those blog posts coming!

Image: UGA Hodgson Singers in a performance in the Church of Our Lady Before Týn, Prague, Czech Republic.

Spring Commencement 2014

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stadium_commence.jpgIt's a great week on campus. The 2014 Spring Undergraduate Commencement exercise will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. inside Sanford Stadium. Athens is beginning to flow with excited and proud parents, family members as well as the graduates themselves. An exciting time for all involved, and the reason at the center of all activity at the university.

Commencement itself then is a spectacle equal to grandeur of the occasion. And in that spirit, this year will also feature a special musical premiere:

The University of Georgia Wind Ensemble will present the world premiere of "Declarations," a new composition for wind band, during the university's spring undergraduate Commencement on May 9. The piece, composed by past Hugh Hodgson School of Music professor Steve Dancz, will commemorate the final performance of departing director of bands John P. Lynch.

"Steve and I thought it would be particularly meaningful to mark this occasion with a new commission," Lynch said. "We were aiming for something akin to American composer Aaron Copland's ‘Lincoln Portrait': regal, epic and concise, for maximum impact."

So true. 5, 374 students are eligible to walk this spring, and we wish every single one of them the very best in their future endeavors. And as we bid Lynch farewell along with this spring's graduates, the premiere takes on that much more significance. Here's to a great night, to be christened with beautiful new music played by our students.

Image:  Commencement 2010, when UGA moved the Spring Commencement ceremony to an evening event, culminating with a fireworks celebration. Courtesy UGA Photographic services.

 

Turner named new Director of Bands

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redcoat tubasThe Band Program in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music is nationally renowned for multiple reasons, and most have to do with the artistic leadership of outgoing director of bands John Lynch. Whether recordings by the Wind Ensemble or memorable performances by the Redcoat Marching Band, our music students represent the the university exceedingly well, consistently performing at the highest levels, no matter the venue or ensemble.

So with Lynch departing for a new opportunity elsewhere, the director of bands was a crucial personnel opportunity for the Hodgson School and the university. The recently announced appointment of Cynthia Johnston Turner as our new director of bands is great news:

Turner, currently director of wind ensembles at Cornell University, has been named new director of bands at the University of Georgia.

Turner succeeds John P. Lynch, who has been director of bands in the university's Hugh Hodgson School of Music since 2007.

"UGA has one of the strongest, most prestigious band programs in the nation, a result of decades of leadership at the highest level," said Hodgson School director Dale Monson. "We are extraordinarily fortunate to have secured Dr. Turner, among the most innovative and creative band directors in the country, to take over this position, leading us into our future."

Turner's appointment is effective starting fall semester 2014.

 

Image: The Redcoat Tuba section on a Georgia Saturday.

School of Music recitals

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cello_close.jpgThe Hugh Hodgson School of Music is home to the finest musicians you could ever hope to hear play, sing and perform. Our performance students are required to play recitals as part of their degree programs and every semester, you have the opportunity to come and listen (free!) to many wonderful performances.

The recital really stack up at this time of year, with several each day. Have a look at the School of Music calendar, come out and enjoy great music!

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2nd Thursday to feature UGA Symphony Orchestra

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UGASO on stageBecause of spring break, the March 2nd Thursday Concert in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music will be performed on March 6 at 8 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center. The concert, featuring the UGA Symphony Orchestra performing Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in E major, is not to be missed:

Trained as an organist, Bruckner’s works are noted for their powerful and grand style, using the full scope of the orchestra to evoke the sound of his primary instrument. Thursday’s performance marks the first time the UGASO and conductor Mark Cedel have performed one of Bruckner’s symphonies at UGA. To commemorate the occasion, musicology Professor David Haas will present a special pre-concert lecture on the composer and his seventh symphony at 7:15 in the Performing Arts Center.

The concert will also feature Joseph Haydn’s Oboe Concerto in C major with UGA oboe professor Reid Messich.

Reid Messich joined the Hodgson School faculty in 2010, and holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Florida State University. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and Japan, often under the direction of such conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Otto-Werner Mueller, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle, and Mstislav Rostropovich. He is a current member of the Georgia Woodwind Quintet.

Proceeds from these concert support scholarships in the Hodgson School. Get your tickets here and come out and enjoy some great music.

Image: The UGA Symphony Orchestra from 2011 - old photo but with some of our very favorite student musicians.