To start the new year, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music will welcome four guest artists the week of Jan. 22-26.
This talented list of artists includes pianist and conductor Timothy Lovelace, soprano Sonya Baker, and composers David Kirkland Garner and Greg Stuart. All of these events are free and open to the public.
Timothy Lovelace, piano, joins UGA violin faculty member Michael Heald for a recital on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ramsey Concert Hall in the UGA Performing Arts Center. Their program will include “Sonatensatz in C minor” by Johannes Brahms, ”Violin Sonata” by Doreen Carwithen and ”Sonata in E-flat major” by Richard Strauss.
Lovelace heads the collaborative piano program at the University of Minnesota and is an active recitalist, having been featured at Rio de Janeiro’s Sala Cecilia Meireles, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts and on chamber music series sponsored by the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minnesota and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Baker brings her lecture recital “For Thee We Sing: The Historical Implications of Marian Anderson’s 1939 Easter Concert” to Edge Hall in the School of Music Building on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. This recital “fills in some of those gaps, which may be missing for you in the story of Marian Anderson and the famous concert this Black singer gave in 1939 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.” Baker will offer a master class and discussion on Jan. 26 at 1:50 p.m., also in Edge Hall.
Baker made her Carnegie Hall debut with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, singing music of Aaron Copland. Noted for her performances of American music, Baker has been heard in concert both nationally and internationally, including performances in Havana, Cuba, with the Yale Alumni Chorus and at the World Equestrian Games opening ceremonies with the American Spiritual Ensemble.
Garner and Stuart join the school’s composition students for a seminar discussion Jan. 26 at 4:10 p.m. in the Dancz Center for New Music in the School of Music Building. Immediately following at 6 p.m., Garner and Stuart will perform their work “Short Stories, Vol. 1.”
The UGA Performing Arts Center is at 230 River Road in Athens. The School of Music Building is across from the PAC at 250 River Road. For additional details on these artists and their performances, as well as for parking for both venues, visit music.uga.edu.