Bassoon and marimba duo to open 2019-2020 Faculty Artist Series

Amy and Scott Pollard will perform at the Faculty Artist Series’ season opener on Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Ramsey Hall.

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music is excited for the new Faculty Artist Series season opener featuring husband and wife team, Col Legno Duo. The duo is made up of University of Georgia’s associate professor of bassoon Amy Pollard and her husband, Scott Pollard, the artist affiliate in percussion at Emory University.

This new season will kick off on Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Ramsey Hall.

The Col Legno Duo takes its name from the Italian musical term meaning “with the wood.” The program will present a series of original pieces and transcriptions for bassoon and marimba. Audiences will hear a variety of styles and sounds from the unusual instrumental combination. With an eye toward expanding the repertoire of this unique instrumental combination, the duo has arranged and commissioned numerous works and recently hosted an international composition contest that featured more than 100 submissions from 20 countries.

This concert consists of mostly American composers, with one transcription of a piece by Erik Satie. The style of music varies, including elements of jazz, Broadway and rock music blended with more traditional harmonies and forms.

The Faculty Artist Series is one of the Hodgson School’s premier series, with all ticket proceeds directly benefiting student scholarships. Tickets to the concert are $12 for adults or $3 with a UGA student ID and can be purchased at or by calling the PAC box office at 706-542-4400. Those unable to attend can watch the concert live at

The UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music sponsors more than 350 performances each year. To learn more, go to