Arts Society & Culture

UGA Wind Ensemble to take audiences to Paris on Valentine’s Day

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s 2nd Thursday Scholarship Concert Series continues with “On the Road,” a performance by the UGA Wind Ensemble, on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Hodgson Concert Hall.

The concert is a sneak preview of the ensemble’s upcoming performance at the American Bandmasters Association 2013 Convention in Tampa, Fla., as well as its upcoming tour to Paris and Switzerland.

“It’s quite fitting that our Valentine’s Day concert features many of the same compositions that we’ll be performing in Paris, one of the most romantic cities on the planet,” said John P. Lynch, a professor in the music school and director of the 60-person UGA Wind Ensemble. “Joining the UGA Wind Ensemble for a 2nd Thursday performance is the perfect way to spend this romantic evening.”

In addition to classics by seminal old-world composers J.S. Bach and Antonín Dvořák, “On the Road” also will feature works by more contemporary American composers. Visiting professor John Whitwell will conduct Aaron Copland’s “Emblems,” while George Gershwin’s “An American In Paris” and a world-premiere of Jess Turner’s “Black Bolt!,” commissioned especially for the UGA Wind Ensemble, round out the program.

Tickets are $18 for the general public and $5 for UGA students and are available at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 706/542-4400 or online at www.pac.uga.edu.

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 gives donors the opportunity to sponsor individual students of the music school at several levels of giving. In 2011, the 2nd Thursday series provided scholarships to 30 students based on faculty recommendations, academic achievement and performance ability.

The next concert in the series will feature UGA piano faculty, students and friends in “Steinway Spectacular” March 21 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

For more information on the 2nd Thursday Series or the Hodgson School of Music, see www.music.uga.edu.