Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music 2nd Thursday Scholarship Series continues in 2010-2011 with a lineup of large ensembles, individual performers and two operas, including Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus on March 10 in the newly-renovated UGA Fine Arts Theatre. All other performances will be in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center. Individual tickets for the concert series are $15 and $7 for students with a valid UGA ID.
Established in 1980, the 2nd Thursday Scholarship Series offers showcase performances by UGA students and faculty the second Thursday of each month throughout the academic year. Proceeds from individual ticket sales and season subscriptions allow for year-long academic scholarships and assistantships for students and presents donors the opportunity to sponsor individual students of the music school at several levels of giving. In 2010, the 2nd Thursday series provided scholarships to 35 students based on faculty recommendations, academic achievement and performance ability.
“The financial support of our donors has a great impact on our students, providing time to hone their skills in performance, teaching and scholarship,” said Dale Monson, director of the Hodgson School of Music. “Through our 2nd Thursday concerts, this close relationship is extended to the community through performance by our students and we can all enjoy the fruits of this important sponsorship collaboration.”
The schedule for 2010-2011 is as follows:
September 9 – The UGA Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Cedel will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 3, featuring Martha Thomas, piano, and Mahler’s Symphony no. 4, featuring Stephanie Tingler, soprano.
October 14 – Basically Brass! Featuring the UGA Faculty Brass Quintet with the Bulldog Brass Society.
November 11 – The UGA Opera Ensemble presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.
December 2 – The UGA Holiday Concert featuring the UGA Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir and University Chorus.
January 13 – An Evening of Piano Music with Evgeny Rivkin.
February 10 – ARCO Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Levon Ambartsumian, will perform selections by Bach and Vivaldi, featuring faculty and graduate student soloists.
March 10 – The UGA Opera Ensemble presents Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus
(Fine Arts Theatre).
April 14 – The Wind Ensemble under the direction of UGA Director of Bands John Lynch presents “Looking Bach” featuring J.S. Bach’s monumental Toccata and Fugue in D minor artfully transcribed for winds and Leonard Bernstein’s entertaining Dances from West Side Story. The premiere of a new work for voice, solo flute and band by UGA’s own Roger Vogel and surprise guest faculty soloists make for a lively and enjoyable evening for all!
To purchase tickets, see the UGA Performing Arts Center online at http://www.uga.edu/pac/ or to support the scholarship series, contact Suzi Wong, director of development for the fine and performing arts, email@example.com or at 706/542-9867.