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Musicians, educators join UGA faculty for chamber recital

Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a former member of the Medici String Quartet will perform with UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music faculty members in a special performance in Ramsey Concert Hall Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.

Violinist Kenn Wagner and cellist Joel Dallow from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Ivo-Jan van der Werff, professor of viola at Rice University, join the School of Music’s Michael Heald and Maggie Snyder, associate professors of violin and viola, respectively.

The quintet will perform Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G major and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major.

“The Brahms and Mendelssohn string quintets are marvelous examples of contrast in the Romantic era,” said Heald. “They both represent the characters of each composer. The Brahms is rather dark and brooding in character, while the Mendelssohn has a swashbuckling feeling of heroism.”

Heald expressed excitement over the wealth of experience and talent assembling for this performance.

“There will be a freshness to the performances as musical colleagues come together for the first time in pursuit of chamber music pleasure,” Heald said.

Open free to the public, the recital will be streamed live on the Hodgson School’s website at

The UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music sponsors more than 350 performances each year.

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