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Performing Arts Center to present chamber orchestra

The UGA Performing Arts Center will present the ARCO Chamber Orchestra Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. Artistic director Levon Ambartsumian will conduct a program that will include Khachaturian’s Masquerade Waltz, Podgaits’ String Fairy Tale and works by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Bragato and Gade.

Tickets for the concert are $20 and are free for UGA students with valid UGA ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center, online at or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400.

The ARCO Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1990 by Ambartsumian during his years as professor of violin at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. The orchestra garnered international acclaim following concert tours to Italy, Spain, Germany, Romania, France and Korea.

In 1995, Ambartsumian joined the faculty of UGA as the Franklin Professor of Violin, while remaining the artistic director and conductor of ARCO. The chamber orchestra is now based at UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music and has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall every year since 2001. The most recent ARCO concert tour included performances in six cities in Brazil.