Arts Society & Culture

UGA faculty, graduate students to be featured in 2nd Thursday Concert

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia faculty and graduate students in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music will present the latest entry in the 2nd Thursday Scholarship Concert Series on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

The concert, titled “Chamber Music for Brass, Woodwinds, Stings and Piano,” will showcase small groups of university musicians in performances of intimate repertoire: an all-brass setting of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Concertino, op. 94,” Francis Poulenc’s “Sextet for Piano and Winds,” and Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Quartet in G minor.”

“One of the greatest strengths of any school of music is its faculty, and the Hodgson School is no different,” said Dale Monson, director of the Hodgson School. “They define UGA’s stellar reputation.”

In addition to brass graduate students, the performance will feature faculty members Angela Jones-Reus, flute; Reid Messich, oboe; D. Ray McClellan, clarinet; Amy Pollard, bassoon; Jean Martin-Williams, horn; Philip Smith, trumpet; Brandon Craswell, trumpet; Joshua Bynum, trombone; David Zerkel, tuba; Michael Heald, violin; Maggie Snyder, viola; David Starkweather, cello; Damon Denton, piano; and Anatoly Sheludyakov, piano.

“Students come from all over the world to study with these musicians on our faculty, and when you hear them performing in our own wonderful concert halls, you quickly understand why,” Monson said. “Chamber music is among the most intimate and expressive of music genres-and here their individual artistry shines brightest.”

Established in 1980, the 2nd Thursday Scholarship Series offers showcase performances by UGA students and faculty each month throughout the academic year. Proceeds from individual ticket sales and season subscriptions help fund year-long academic scholarships and assistantships for students and present donors the opportunity to sponsor individual music school students at several levels of giving.

Tickets are $18 for the general public and $5 for students and are available through the UGA Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or online at http://pac.uga.edu/.

The next concert in the series will be Evgeny Rivkin on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Hall—his performance was originally scheduled for February—followed by the Hodgson Singers on April 9.

For more information on the 2nd Thursday Series or the Hodgson School of Music, see http://music.uga.edu/.