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UGA Wind Ensemble closes season with three world premieres

On April 21, UGA’s Wind Ensemble closes the 2021-22 season with a concert featuring three world premieres and several guest artists. The program will also honor musicians performing in their final concert at UGA, acknowledging their many contributions to the band department and School of Music.

UGA’s Wind Ensemble closes the 2021-22 season on April 21. (Submitted photo)

Graduate conductor Davaron Edwards opens the program with John Mackey’s concert march “Xerxes.” Graduating DMA student Emily Mariko Eng leads the world premiere of “dear diary…,” written by undergraduate Ayako Pederson-Takeda, who was the 2020-21 large ensemble composer-in-residence at the School of Music.

Faculty soloists Michael Heald and Maggie Snyder play the world premiere of Adam Gorb’s “Concerto for Violin, Viola, and Wind Ensemble.”

“The opportunity to perform a work that is tailor made for the soloists and ensemble is like driving a luxury car on an open highway,” said Jaclyn Hartenberger, interim director of bands. “I am excited for our audience to hear Adam Gorb’s work and grateful to have him here for the performance.”

The second half features graduate conductor Jeremy Smith and Vincent Persichetti’s “Serenade No. 1 for Ten Wind Instruments.” The program continues with a musical tribute, “As Long As Stars Shall Shine,” by composer Andrew E. Lawson, in remembrance of a dear friend. Peter Boyer’s “Fanfare, Hymn and Finale” is a hopeful and spirited conclusion, under the baton of graduate conductor David J. Stanley.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for adults, $3 for students.  Livestreaming is available at for those unable to attend.

For more program information or questions, please contact the band office at 706-542-1505 or