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Performing Arts Center to present ‘50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach’ Jan. 29

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Peter Schickele will perform "50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence!" Jan. 29

The UGA Performing Arts Center will present Peter Schickele in 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence! Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

Tickets, which are $25-$55, will be discounted for UGA students. They can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400.

Schickele is an internationally recognized composer, musician and author who has created more than 100 works for symphony orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles, movies and television. He also is one of the world’s leading satirists as the “discoverer” of P.D.Q. Bach, the 21st child (out of 20) of J.S. Bach.

Since creating P.D.Q. Bach 50 years ago, Schickele has released 11 albums of the fabled genius’s works, and he has published 11 editions of The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach. Robert Marsh of the Chicago Sun-Times has called Schickele’s P.D.Q. Bach “the greatest comedy-in-music act before the public today.”

From 1990 to 1993, Schickele earned a Grammy in the best comedy album category for four consecutive years, winning for P.D.Q. Bach: 1712 Overture and Other Musical Assaults, Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities, WTWP-Classical Talkity-Talk Radio and Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion.

Schickele’s extensive discography also includes P.D.Q. Bach: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour and The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology, both on the Telarc label, and The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection on the Vanguard label. P.D.Q. Bach’s full-length opera, The Abduction of Figaro, has been released on DVD by Video Artists International.