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UGA cello professor to open Hugh Hodgson Faculty Series

David Starkweather

The UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music opens its Hugh Hodgson Faculty Series with David Starkweather, professor of cello, performing at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 in Ramsey Concert Hall.

An acclaimed performer, researcher, author and educator with more than 30 years at UGA, Starkweather’s performance will showcase not just his own talent, but the talent of some of his frequent collaborators at the School of Music, beginning with the first piece on the program, Handel’s Trio Sonata in G Minor.

“Milton Masciadri [professor of double bass] and I played it on tour in Italy and Serbia and now will perform it here in Athens with our colleague Martha Thomas [professor of piano],” said Starkweather.

The second of four pieces on the program is Bach’s Suite No. 6 in D Major, a work described by Starkweather as “monumental.”

The slow movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G Minor follows intermission, and Thomas rejoins Starkweather for this performance.

The concert closes with Zoltan Kodaly’s Sonata in B Minor. This three-movement sonata will change the voice of Starkweather’s cello and employ a number of challenging techniques.

Tickets are available at or the PAC box office for $12 or $6 with a UGA student ID.