Arts & Humanities

Hodgson Wind Ensemble to commemorate Valentine’s Day with ‘Fireworks & Serenades’

Philip Smith, left, and Reid Messich, right, will join the Hodgson Wind Ensemble for a Valentine’s Day concert. (Photos courtesy of Hugh Hodgson School of Music)

The University of Georgia’s Hodgson Wind Ensemble will share its love of music in a Valentine’s Day program titled “Fireworks & Serenades.” The concert takes place in Hodgson Hall on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Joining the Wind Ensemble are Philip Smith, trumpet, the William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professor in the Arts, and Sheila Smith, soprano, who will perform music of George and Ira Gershwin. Reid Messich, associate professor of oboe, is featured in Frank Ticheli’s Serenade for Kristin. Wind band works by Stravinksy, Sousa, Cuong, Gillingham and Denza round out the concert.

In addition to the music, a special Valentine’s Day photo booth, sponsored by the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota, will be in the lobby before and after the concert.

“The Hodgson Wind Ensemble and guests are ready to serenade, and fireworks are guaranteed,” said conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner, UGA director of bands.

The Hodgson Wind Ensemble is the premier performing ensemble of UGA bands, having garnered an international reputation for its artistry, precision, sensitivity and musicianship. Tickets to the concert, part of the Thursday Scholarship Series, are $6-$20 and are available online at by phone at 706-542-4400.   

For those unable to attend, live streaming will be available at

For more program information or questions, call 706-542-1505 or email