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UGA Wind Ensemble performance will celebrate birth of Ben Franklin

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The UGA Wind Ensemble has an upcoming tour to Paris and Switzerland.

The UGA Wind Ensemble presents a concert of music from Vienna and Paris on Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 or $5 for UGA students.

The concert’s first half features two Viennese masterworks from two very different times. It opens with the Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare by Richard Strauss, conducted by doctoral candidate John Lopez. Following that, the group presents Mozart’s Gran Partita, one of the oldest works in the standard wind ensemble repertoire. The Adagio movement of the Mozart is notable for being featured in the 1984 hit movie Amadeus.

The concert’s second half showcases music from Paris, including Daniel Kellogg’s 2005 work,  A Toast to Ben!  written to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. Rounding out the concert are Maurice Ravel’s lush Pavane for a Dead Princess, conducted by Jose O. Riojas, and Paul Fauchet’s Symphony for Wind Instruments.

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John Lynch, a professor in the Hodgson School of Music, is composed of the university’s most virtuosic wind and percussion players, and performs works composed throughout the span of music history.

Tickets are available from the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or