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UGA Wind Ensemble to premiere lost Russian marches

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The Wind Ensemble performs works for eight to 80 players and presents repertoire composed from the Middle Ages to tomorrow.

Two marches by Gioachino Rossini will be performed outside of Russia for the first time Oct. 17 when the UGA Wind Ensemble presents “Land of White Nights: Music of the Tsars and Beyond.” The concert, part of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s Second Thursday Scholarship Series, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Hodgson Concert Hall.

Tickets are $18 for the public and $5 for students. For tickets, call 706-542-4400 or see

George Foreman, director of the UGA Performing Arts Center, discovered the compositions last summer while on a research trip to St. Petersburg. Composed in honor of Czar Nicholas I in 1834, the marches likely only have been performed once.

“These works were never published, and have simply sat in a library for the past 180 or so years,” said John P. Lynch, director of the Wind Ensemble and a professor at the Hodgson School. “When George returned this summer with me and my graduate students, we literally spent several days poring over scores in a dusty attic room.”

In addition to the lost marches, the Wind Ensemble also will premiere Eudoxie de Bologovsky’s “Marche Tactique,” John Mackey’s “The Frozen Cathedral” and a new setting of the Coronation Scene from Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.”