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ARCO Chamber Orchestra to give concert at UGA Performing Arts Center

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The ARCO Chamber Orchestra

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present the ARCO Chamber Orchestra Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Artistic director Levon Ambartsumian will conduct the program that will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, Haydn’s Symphony No. 22, “The Philosopher” and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Ambartsumian on violin.

David Starkweather, professor of cello at UGA, will join ARCO for Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major.

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 UGA faculty 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 or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.

The ARCO Chamber Orchestra is supported by Buddy and Lucy Allen and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.