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Faculty trio to translate works for voice, piano to woodwinds

The next installment of the Hugh Hodgson Faculty Series will employ a trio of School of Music faculty to transform works for voice and piano into new, imaginative constructions.

The creator of the program—and several of the arrangements therein—is Connie Frigo, an associate professor of saxophone at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. For her, the Nov. 3 recital, set for 8 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, is a high-water mark.

“The heart of this program features transcriptions of vocal songs, book-ended by lovely trios for saxophone, flute and piano,” Frigo said. “It represents the most elegant recital I have ever programmed and stands out as a favorite.”

Tickets for the performance are $10, or $5 with a UGA student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 706-542-4400 or by visiting

According to Frigo, much of the saxophone repertoire over the last half-century has been populated with “athletic, contemporary pieces that showcase the technical and rhythmic virtuosity of today’s players.” But in the last several years, she has studied saxophone performance of art songs, which are vocal music compositions typically written for one voice with piano accompaniment.

Joining Frigo will be Angela Jones-Reus, a professor of flute, and Liza Stepanova, an assistant professor of piano. Both have experience with the type of art songs at the core of Frigo’s program, and that experience influenced the construction of the program.