The UGA Performing Arts Center is launching the Noontime Concert Series, presented exclusively for UGA faculty, staff and students.
The new series kicks off Oct. 7 at noon in the Chapel with a performance that includes the Grammy-winning Juilliard String Quartet.
Performing Arts Center Director George C. Foreman was inspired to create the series after attending similar concerts at Rockefeller University in New York City.
“I thought this would be a great way to encourage colleagues from across campus to come together and enjoy world-class music during their lunch hour,” Foreman said.
The series is free of charge, and each concert will last approximately 50 minutes. The inaugural concert will feature the Juilliard String Quartet and the Attacca Quartet. The Juilliard Quartet is the first classical music ensemble to receive a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Attacca Quartet was recently named Quartet-in-Residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“What’s particularly interesting about our first concert is the fact that the Attacca Quartet was formed by students at the Juilliard School, so they are, in essence, protégés of the Juilliard String Quartet,” Foreman said.
Each Noontime Concert will feature musicians who are in Athens to perform on the Franklin College Chamber Music Series at the Performing Arts Center as well as performers from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, which is part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
The next concert in the series will feature Red Priest on Nov. 11. The complete schedule will be announced soon.