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Season tickets on sale for 2nd Thursday Scholarship Series

UGA Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs
UGA Symphony Orchestra

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music will present another season of the 2nd Thursday Scholarship Series, introducing a 7:30 p.m. start time for the first time. The series began in 1980 and continues the tradition of “Music Appreciation Programs” started by Hugh Hodgson in the 1930s.

Proceeds from individual ticket sales and season subscriptions help fund yearlong academic scholarships and assistantships for students and present donors the opportunity to sponsor individual students of the music school at several levels of giving. Tickets for the School of Music’s premier concert series are available now from the UGA Performing Arts Center. Subscription purchases, available for $110, are due Aug. 1.

Single event 2nd Thursday Scholarship Series tickets are $18 each, or $5 with a UGA student ID. The Holiday Concert will be $25. Single event Faculty Series tickets are $10 each, or $5 with UGA student ID.

In addition to the 2nd Thursday Concert Series, the School of Music also has a two-semester “All Events Pass,” offering full admission to the concerts of its top-tier performing ensembles. The pass is available for $60, or at a reduced rate of $30 to 2nd Thursday subscribers.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hodgson Concert Hall of the UGA Performing Arts Center. The lineup for this year’s 2nd Thursday Series includes:

• The UGA Symphony Orchestra, Sept. 11. The 2014-2015 season will open with a performance of orchestral repertoire conducted by Mark Cedel, director of UGASO and of orchestral activities.

• The UGA Wind Ensemble, Oct. 9. The UGA Wind Ensemble under Cynthia Johnston-Turner, new director of bands, will present John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” selections from Leonard Bernstein’s classic West Side Story and Steven Bryant’s “Piano Concerto” featuring guest artist Pamela Paul.

• UGA Opera Theatre’s Hansel & Gretel, Nov. 5-7. As part of the 2014 Spotlight on the Arts at UGA, Frederick Burchinal and the UGA Opera Theatre will bring a classic of opera repertoire to new life in a stunning series of staged performances.

• The UGA Holiday Concert, Dec. 4-5. Join the UGA Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs for this seasonal Athens tradition, which will return to the Classic Center Theatre this year for two performances.

• Pianist Evgeny Rivkin, Feb. 19. A faculty member and International Tchaikovsky Competition winner, Rivkin brings his sensitive touch to the Hodgson School’s brand new Steinway piano for one unforgettable evening.

• Chamber Music: Brass, Woodwinds, Strings and Piano, March 19. The Hodgson School faculty perform chamber repertoire for brass, woodwind and string instruments and piano.

• The Hodgson Singers, April 9. The season will close with the Hodgson Singers raising their voices in an uplifting concert led by Daniel Bara, director of choral activities.

The Faculty Recital Series concerts, which will take place at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall, will include performances by:

• Maggie Snyder, viola; Sept. 16.

• David Zerkel, tuba; Oct. 2.

• Milton Masciadri, double bass; Nov. 20.

• Philip Snyder, guitar; Jan. 12.

• Amy Pollard, bassoon; Feb. 9.

• Lawrence Bakst, tenor, with Kathryn Wright, piano; March 18.