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UGA Choral Project, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble present Jan. 12 concert

The UGA Choral Project performs at an August 2023 concert. (Photo by Shaun Baer)

The University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music starts the spring semester with an eye-opening concert.

“Awakening” is a combined concert featuring the UGA Choral Project and the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. The concert will feature new works for voices and instruments by living composers. Conducted by Sarah Frook Gallo and Brandon Quarles, the ensembles will present an evening of 21st-century music.

“Awakening” will be performed in Ramsey Concert Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center on Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. This concert is free with no tickets required.

The UGA Contemporary Chamber Ensemble performs at an April 2023 concert. (Photo by Shaun Baer)

Today, many companies rehearse on a “project” model, where singers from all over the country are engaged for singular projects, travel to a city, rehearse intensely for a few days before the concert, perform and then scatter again. The UGA Choral Project seeks to imitate this project model and provide students with a near-professional experience during their study at UGA.

The University of Georgia Contemporary Chamber Ensemble is a performance group composed of graduate and undergraduate students. Since 1979, the ensemble has focused on the performance of modern masterworks and recent music. The ensemble has performed at many major metropolitan centers in the Eastern and Southeastern United States, including Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City; the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; the Society of Composers, Inc. National Convention in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Atlanta.