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Hugh Hodgson School of Music opens season with ‘Golden Age’

Hugh Hodgson School of Music faculty and students will form the UGA Golden Age Band at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in Hodgson Concert Hall, taking the audience on a journey through American band music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The concert, which is the joint kickoff to the School of Music’s Thursday Scholarship Series and the UGA Performing Arts Center’s season, assembles a rare group under the baton of George Foreman, director of the PAC.

“UGA faculty members will be joined by our best students,” said Foreman. “This makes for a fully professional quality 25-piece ensemble.”

The instrumentation of the band will mirror the kind used by American bands of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: piccolos, clarinets, cornets, alto horns, trombones, euphonium, tubas and percussion.

“The concert will include the types of works that made up a typical Golden Age program, including marches, overtures, works featuring soloists on various instruments and novelty numbers,” Foreman said.

The program features music by John Philip Sousa, Edwin Franko Goldman, Herbert L. Clarke and Arthur Pryor.

Audience members arriving early also will be treated to an ice cream social on the quad at the PAC before the performance. Reminiscent of the social gatherings of the time period, the Golden Age Band concert’s ice cream social will consist of complimentary ice cream and lemonade.

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