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UGA Symphony Orchestra to feature student soloists in annual Concerto Concert

Athens, Ga. – Five of the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s most talented musicians will be featured with the UGA Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. as soloists in the ensemble’s annual Concerto Concert.

“This will be one of the most exciting events in my 21-year history here at UGA,” said Mark Cedel, the UGA director of orchestral activities. “The repertoire is fantastic and makes for an extremely challenging—and rewarding—concert for the orchestra, soloists and conductors.”

The students were selected after advancing through a rigorous competition process within the Hodgson School. The performance will feature flutist Amelia Dicks on Nielsen’s “Flute Concerto” (Mvmt. I); violinist Teresa Grynia on Shostakovich’s “Violin Concerto” (Mvmt. IV); saxophonist Brandon Quarles on Tomasi’s “Saxophone Concerto” (Mvmts. I & II); pianist Yoonsook Song on Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” (Mvmt. III); and pianist Grace Tian on “Rapsodie on a Theme of Paganini.”

“That we have five students playing this type of repertoire is a testament to how much the Hodgson School of Music has grown over these past years,” Cedel said. “Any major university or conservatory would be proud to present a program like this.”

Tickets for the performance are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and are available through the UGA Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or online at

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