Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present the ARCO Chamber Orchestra Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Artistic director and violinist Levon Ambartsumian will conduct the concert, which will feature UGA piano professor Evgeny Rivkin. The program will include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Concerto for Three Pianos and Chamber Orchestra and Brahms’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.
The ARCO Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1990 by Ambartsumian during his years as professor of violin at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. The orchestra garnered international acclaim following concert tours to Italy, Spain, Germany, Romania, France and Korea.
In 1995, Ambartsumian joined the faculty of the University of Georgia as the Franklin Professor of Violin, while remaining the artistic director and conductor of ARCO. The chamber orchestra is now based at UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music and has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall every year since 2001. ARCO’s recent tour of Italy included a performance in Venice’s famed Le Fenice opera house.
Tickets for the concert are $20 and are free for UGA students with valid UGA ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.