Arts Society & Culture

UGA Performing Arts Center presents James Galway March 7

Sir James Galway
Sir James Galway

Athens, Ga. – Flute virtuoso Sir James Galway will bring his Legacy Tour to Hodgson Concert Hall in the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center March 7 at 8 p.m.

Galway will be joined by his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway and the Galway Chamber Players for a concert that will include Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” Georges Bizet’s “Carmen Fantasy” and Henry Mancini’s “Pennywhistle Jig” and “Baby Elephant Walk.”

A classical flute player, Galway has toured extensively, sold over 30 million albums and appeared on television programs around the world.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Galway studied in London and Paris and began his orchestral career with the Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras. Since embarking as a soloist in 1975, Galway has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and played for such dignitaries as Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, the Empress of Japan, the Queen of Norway and former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Galway has shared the stage with a wide array of entertainers, including Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, John Denver, Elton John, the Chieftains, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Jessye Norman, Cleo Laine and Andrea Bocelli. He performed with Pink Floyd in their concert at the Berlin Wall, was part of the Nobel Peace concert in Norway, and performed at the G7 Summit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.

Galway has been honored twice by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the Order of the British Empire in 1979 and again in 2001 with a knighthood for his services to music.

Mary Helen Still, a graduate student in musicology in UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, will give a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Galway’s concert will be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today, heard by over 1.3 million listeners across the country.

From 6-8 p.m., the Georgia Museum of Art (located next to the Performing Arts Center) will hold “Make It an Evening” with gallery tours before the concert. Jittery Joe’s coffee and desserts by Cecilia’s Cakes will be available for $5 per person. The “Make it an Evening” series continues March 26.

Tickets for the concert are $20-$59 with discounts for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 706/542-4400 or toll free at 888/289-8497.

Michael F. and Mary L. Adams, Libby V. and C. Van Morris and Lisa and George Foreman are the performance underwriters.