Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, a division of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, will present its second annual “UGA in Atlanta” concert April 10. The event, which is open to aspiring high school musicians, UGA alumni and the general public, will be held at 8 p.m. in Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall.
The performance represents an opportunity for the school of music to showcase its musicians to the Atlanta community while reaching out to potential students. This year’s concert features three of the university’s top-tier graduate chamber ensembles: the Bulldog Brass Society, the Southern Wind Quintet and the Hodgson String Quartet.
“UGA is fortunate to have such dedicated faculty, talented students and university support,” said Dale Monson, director of the school of music. “We want to share an example of this amazing environment with Atlantans—particularly area high school students and our alumni—and hopefully increase their awareness of all the great musical things happening here at the Hodgson School.”
The program features standards from 20th century chamber ensemble literature. The Bulldog Brass Society, founded in 1996 by trumpet player Fred Mills, will play Jan Bach’s rhythmic tour-de-force “Rounds and Dances;” the Southern Wind Quintet, at the university since 1999, will present a work by French neoclassical composer Jean Françaix; and the Hodgson String Quartet, the newest addition to the school of music, will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s 1931 String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50.
All three groups—which regularly serve as ambassadorial ensembles for the university—consist exclusively of students seeking master’s and doctoral degrees in music performance.
“Some of the highest levels of student musicianship at our institution are represented in these ensembles,” Monson said. “These 14 students are perfect for ‘UGA in Atlanta’ because they represent not only what they themselves have become but also the potential inside every young musician in the audience. With hard work and dedication, they could be in this same position someday.”
“UGA in Atlanta” is free and open to the public. For more information on the school of music, see http://www.music.uga.edu.