Category: performance

Dance: Emerging Choreographers Dec. 5 & 6

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YoungChoreographers2014.jpgThe department of dance presents the Emerging Choreographers Informal Showing on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. in the New Dance Theatre in the dance building on Sanford Drive:

The showing marks the second performance of the annual fall semester Young Choreographers Series, which premieres choreographic works by UGA dance majors. The works reflect each choreographer's creative process, movement vocabulary and artistic perspective.

"After working all semester conceiving a choreographic idea, developing vocabulary and then crafting that material in space and time with dancers, it is always quite interesting to see the variety of works that manifest," said Rebecca Gose, an associate professor of dance.

The students prepared the pieces within either the Young Choreographers' Lab or Dance Composition I course. The works count toward the students' fulfillment of their bachelor's or bachelor's of fine arts degrees in dance.

Dance remains one of the world's most important art forms and we are fortunate to have such a vibrant program on campus. It's crucial to retain the language of dance and engage its subtle use of movement to express emotion and tell stories, as a performer as well as a spectator. Come celebrate the accomplishments of these student choreographers as you sharpen your appreciation and enjoyment of dance.

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.

Dance students to premiere choreography at 2014 Senior Exit Concert

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Senior Exit Poster 2014.jpgThe UGA department of dance will present the 2014 Senior Exit Dance Concert on November 12-14 at 8 p.m. in the New Dance Theater in the Dance Building on Sanford Drive.  The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department presents this three-day event as part of the university's Spotlight on the Arts Festival.

The senior showcase is a demonstration of the unique artistic talents of the department of dance's senior bachelor’s degree candidates. Seniors Mollie Henry, Kalela Massey, Mirna Minkov, and Emi Murata will premiere their works at this week’s performances. 

In addition to creating works, the seniors will also be performing in their peers’ choreographic premieres. The work featured in the concert reflects each choreographer’s individual background and movement vocabulary, promising an evening of contemporary dance that is sure to delight. 

Advanced tickets are available for purchase at www.pac.uga.edu or via phone at 706-542-4400. Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Tate Student Center ticket counter, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with cash, personal check, Bulldog Bucks, or major credit card. Tickets are also available at the door beginning at 7:00 p.m. before each performance. General admission ticket prices are $8 for students/seniors and $12 for adults. Because of limited seating for the three nights of performances, advance purchase is strongly recommended.

For more information on the Senior Exit Concert, please contact the department of dance at 706-542-4415 or visit www.dance.uga.edu. For more information on Spotlight on the Arts visit www.arts.uga.edu.

Graduate Acting Ensemble: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

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Danny.pngThe Graduate Acting Ensemble in the department of theatre and film studies will present a two-night engagement Oct. 21-22 in the Cellar Theatre of the Fine Arts Building - Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley:

A violent maniac and a neglectful mother walk into a bar, but the only punch lines are the scars they carry with them. Danny wants to fight his way out of this vicious world, and Roberta wants punishment for her awful life choices. When they cross paths one night in a dingy Bronx bar, they might be each other's last hope for redemption.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. The production contains adult content and themes, so discretion is advised. The Graduate Acting Ensemble is comprised of MFA students in the department and advised by professor Ray Paolino.

Spotlight on the Arts: Opera Theatre

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2014 spotlight.jpgWe'll be highlighting a few of the upcoming Spotlight on the Arts events, and first but not least is the UGA Opera Theatre production of 'Hansel and Gretel':

 University of Georgia Opera Theatre will present "Hansel and Gretel" in a three-night engagement Nov. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

The performance, part of both the UGA Spotlight on the Arts Festival and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music's 2nd Thursday Scholarship Concert Series, also features the Georgia Children's Chorus, dance department and UGA Symphony Orchestra, conducted by professor Mark Cedel.

The quasi-children's opera is the best-known work of 19th century German composer Engelbert Humperdinck.

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UGA's production of the opera will be sung in English, using a libretto unique to the performance that draws upon several translations. Presented as a fully-staged concert production, the opera features Marisan Corsino as Hansel, Elisabeth Slaten as Gretel, Chalis Montgomery in the dual role of the mother and witch, Isaiah Feken as the father and Alexis Minogue as the Sandman and Dew Fairy, two spirits encountered by the children in the forest.

"Beyond beautiful singing, musical elements, melodies and an understanding of the text, I find the most important element in any opera to be the relationships between characters," Burchinal said. "You can dress things up in all manner of fantastic settings, but the characters' interaction is at the heart of whether or not we believe what is happening in the opera. The goal is to always find a way to create reality onstage."

That's what the spotlight is for - live performance on a stage, with music, costumes, singers and musicians. All with a great story. Come out and support our students and faculty in the Opera Theatre. It's a great experience, with extraordinarily skilled performers in a friendly environment. Step into the Spotlight. #UGASpotlight

Hodgson Wind Ensemble - selections from West Side Story

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WestSide.jpgThe Hodgson Wind Ensemble presents a special Second Thursday Scholarship Series concert on Oct. 9, with a program featuring selections from "West Side Story."

The concert also marks the Second Thursday debut of new director of bands in the Hodgson School of Music, Cynthia Johnston-Turner, with a program of music written entirely by American composers.:

 Selections include Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 2, John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Slava!, and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, both compositions by Leonard Bernstein.

“Jazz is America’s music, and the work of Bernstein and Adams tap into that genre,” said Turner, who began her position at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music this fall. “It’s exciting, gritty music with artistic value that appeals to this country’s aesthetic, and their inclusion makes for an uplifting, fun performance.”

The performance also features graduate conducting students Tyler Ehrlich and Jack Eaddy, Jr., as well as special guest soloist Pamela Mia Paul for the Georgia premiere of Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Piano.

The renaming of the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble to the Hodgson Wind Ensemble represents the new direction and vision Turner has for the group. In addition to this rebranding, Johnston Turner has changed the ensemble’s structure, reducing the number of performers to one-per-part.

“Excellence has its place,” said Turner. “These are the finest wind musicians here, and reducing the instrumentation encourages more ownership and responsibility, in addition to pushing students to be more sensitive musicians. It’s structured like a chamber ensemble—though that doesn’t mean we still can’t get quite loud when appropriate.”

Get your tickets today to enjoy a fantastic evening of music and welcome Dr. Johnston-Turner to the Second Thursday tradition. Bravo, Hodgson School.

2014-15 University Theatre Season

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Fine_Arts.jpgThe richness of cultural choices - programming, in the common parlance - in our campus community instills a great sense of contact, exploration and inspiration. The new University Theatre season is an extraordinarily thoughtful repertoire of new and old that promises many great nights on its venerable stages:

[The] 2014-2015 lineup, which includes the 2012 Tony Award Winning "Raisin in the Sun" spinoff "Clybourne Park," a stage adaptation of literary and film classic "The Great Gatsby" presented as part of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts Festival, Shakespeare's classic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" and the biting satire "Mein Kampf."

This year's season offers new and old classics, from Shakespeare to Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" and adaptations and spin-offs of classic literature. It also contains new offerings, such as Catherine Trieschmann's "Hot Georgia Sunday" and George Tabori's "Mein Kampf," a satirical sendup of Adolf Hitler's failure as an artist that led him to pursue his other dream—of taking over the world. "A Lesson Before Dying," based on the Ernest Gaines novel examining the life of an innocent man on death row in 1948 Louisiana

The literary sensibililty of this roster alone has tremendous appeal. I already have my favorites. Get your season tickets today.

Image: Fine Arts Theatre by Cassandra Wright.

'Mafia on Prozac' production begins July 23

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An unusual summer theatre production begins its international run at the university next week:

"Mafia on Prozac," the hit off-Broadway comedy by Edward Allan Baker, July 23-25 at 8 p.m. in the Cellar Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

The company will move to Atlanta's Hangar Theatre for a performance July 26 from 8:50-9:35 p.m. and then on to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland Aug. 1-2 and 4-9.

The production is a collaboration between two long-time colleagues at separate universities: Ray Paolino, UGA's director of theatre, and Barry Pearson, provost of the State University of New York Purchase College. The two pooled resources to bring a professional-level production to the Edinburgh Festival with Pearson serving as the play's director and Paolino as a lead actor in the role of Tee.

Also on board from UGA is department of theatre and film studies faculty member T. Anthony Marotta in the lead role of Jay; master of fine arts in theatre graduate student Zack Byrd as the stage manager; and alumnus Michael Stille in the role of Matt. The production and tour are funded by the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the President's Venture Fund, a Provost's Summer Research Grant and the Purchase College Foundation.

A late July treat that is not to be missed. Get your tickets the evening of each performance at the Fine Arts Theatre box office.

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 Awakening

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Spring-Awakening-Ware-Brockmeier.jpgUniversity Theatre winds up its season with the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening':

[T]he sexually charged rock musical "Spring Awakening," composed by Duncan Sheik with book and lyrics by Steven Sater, on April 10-12 and 15-18 at 8 p.m. with matinees April 13 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The production is directed by Richard Garner, co-founder and artistic director of Georgia Shakespeare.

A recent hit on Broadway, "Spring Awakening" adapts German playwright Frank Wedekind's "1891 Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy," which was a commentary on the era's climate of sexual repression.

Garner calls Wedekind's work "a landmark play in the history of modern drama that gave us a pained look into the confused youth who had to make their way through a claustrophobic world that denied them a satisfactory understanding of the storm that was raging within their own adolescent bodies."

University Theatre and the department of theatre and film studies announced that the Grammy and Tony award-winning composer Duncan Sheik will be present for the performances and host a Q & A on Friday April 11 after the 8 pm show. A great opportunity to interact with and hear directly from one of the artistic forces behind the musical - a strong way to end up the season, and one that sums up University Theatre's commitment to audience, our students and the community.

Image: Senior theatre major Ashley Ware of Dacula plays the part of Wendla in the University Theatre performance of "Spring Awakening" along with senior theatre and English major Connor Brockmeier of Woodstock as Melchior. (Credit: Kristyn Nucci/UGA)