Category: Hugh Hodgson School of Music

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.
 

Piano recitals on Wednesday the 8th

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anatoly flyerAnd just like that... 2014. Welcome to this year to us all and starting things off just right is the Hugh Hodgson School of Music with two piano recitals on one day, January the 8th, featuring some of the very best:

At 5 pm, the Richard Zimdars studio recital will take place in Edge Hall. As much as we wish this was a recital by the great performer and teacher (and Despy Karlas Professor of Piano), this free recital will give Zimdars' students a chance to shine. 

And at 8 pm, enjoy the music of Strauss and others as performed by the wonderfully talented Anatoly Sheludyakov. Staff accompanyist in the Hodgson School, Sheludyakov has performed much of the greatest music ever written, at venues across the world. We're lucky to have him at UGA. Come out and enjoy some extraordinarily high-quality live music. ($10/$5 students).

Hodgson School of Music Holiday Concert Dec. 3

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Hodgson-holiday-concerts_0.jpgThe annual holiday tradition that is the Hugh Hodgson School of Music Holiday Concert continues to grow as the event moves to the Classic Center this Dec. 3:

The concert brings together nearly 300 student singers and instrumentalists from the UGA Symphony Orchestra, Bulldog Brass Society and choral ensembles. Led by Hugh Hodgson School of Music professors Daniel Bara and Mark Cedel, the performance will feature a variety of seasonal selections.

"Given the size and popularity of this event, we felt it would be appropriate to bring the Holiday Concert to a larger venue in the heart of downtown Athens," said Dale Monson, director of the Hodgson School. "The uplifting and joyful music of this special time of year inspires the goodwill felt throughout the community each season."

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

There is nothing quite like hundreds of student voices (and instruments) celebrating the holiday classics in song. Bara and Cedel do a masterful job guiding these large ensembles through a very entertaining program that is at once uplifting and accessible. A fun way to begin the holiday season. Get your tickets, proceeds from which support the 2nd Thursday Scholarship program, today.