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A scene from this semester's UGA Opera Theatre production of "Così fan Tutte"

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Georgia is holding a fundraising gala at the Athens Country Club on Sunday, April 3, at 4 p.m. and the entertainment will be home-grown: opera singers from the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

Beginning at 4 p.m. with appetizers, cash bar and a silent auction, the OLLI event will welcome UGA Opera Theatre students at 5 p.m., the latest in a long partnership between the opera and OLLI.

OLLI is encouraging donations during the event to support scholarship awards for the opera students so...

The Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music, with support from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, will host a two-week festival of new music at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music from April 4 through April 16. 

The Classic City New Music Festival will feature chamber and electroacoustic recitals, guest performances, workshops, and discussions. Every event on the schedule is free admission and open to the public.

Featured guests include Boston-based bass clarinet and marimba duo Transient Canvas and acclaimed electroacoustic pianist Keith...

David Zerkel, professor of tuba and euphonium at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music, was recently awarded the International Tuba Euphonium Association’s (ITEA) inaugural Teaching Award.

Recognizing exceptional achievement in teaching, the award requires a minimum of ten years of teaching euphonium and/or tuba and letters of support from colleagues, current students and former students. Zerkel was selected by vote of the ITEA Board of Directors.

“David Zerkel's professional recognition is stellar, from his own...

The UGA Symphony Orchestra (UGASO) performs works from Manuel de Falla, Mendelssohn and Mozart in Hodgson Concert Hall on Thursday, March 31, at 8 p.m.

Conducted by Mark Cedel, director of the UGASO, and assistant conductor Claudine Gamache, doctoral conducting student, the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s premier orchestral ensemble opens its program with the overture to Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”

One of Mozart’s comic operas, “The Marriage of Figaro” is a cornerstone...

The Hodgson Wind Ensemble’s (HWE) penultimate spring concert comes to Hodgson Concert Hall on Tuesday, March 29, at 8 p.m.

The ensemble, conducted by Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner, director of bands at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music, will perform a program pulling from the 20th century works of composers Donald Grantham, Gustav Holst, Serge Lancen, Joseph Schwantner and John Williams.

“Summon the Heroes” by Williams, written for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta,...

A Night at the Morton poster

Downtown Athens, well-known as a cradle of new and daring music, will play host to three music acts with direct lineages stretching as far back as the 19th century, with “A Night at the Morton: Celebrating American Roots Music” at the Morton Theatre on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

The McIntosh County Shouters, The Skillet Lickers and Tony Bryant will perform music that laid the foundations for most, if not all, of the musical styles that have emerged in America. The event begins—and began—with a man who is connected to all the performers.

“The show is...

The brass area at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music recently received good news on a few fronts, beginning with the 2016 National Trumpet Competition.

Held at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga., the event saw two UGA ensembles advance to the semi-finals of their competition: the UGA Trumpet Quintet (Dan Price, Tyler Jones, Victoria Bethel, Yanbin Chen and Deborah Caldwell) and the UGA Trumpet Octet (Michael Meo, Ben Otieno, Lillie Smith, Robert Chambers, Geoff Wood, Tyer Jesko, Emmy Johnston and Joel Garcia).

Two UGA soloists also made it to...

UGA faculty and students, led by Dr. Skip Taylor (bottom left) and Dr. Pete Jutras (third row, third from left), share a photo with faculty and staff of Potters House Elementary School in Kenya.

Many of UGA’s 35,000 students traveled somewhere over spring break, but most didn’t leave the country. Fewer still crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Only six flew to Nairobi, then took a seven-hour van ride to Eldoret, Kenya, to teach music. 

A group of eight from the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s music education and piano performance areas are in Africa from March 10-21, setting up distance learning and orchestra programs for a fledgling music department in western Kenya.

The seeds of this project were planted almost four years ago, when Benita Gladney,...

The final Hugh Hodgson Faculty Series recital of the season brings Shakhida Azimkhodjaeva, violin faculty at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music, to the Ramsey Concert Hall stage on Thursday, March 24, at 8 p.m.

Accompanied by fellow School of Music faculty member Evgeny Rivkin, professor of piano, Azimkhodjaeva will perform works from a number of 19th and 20th century Russian composers.

The program begins with two sonatas, both composed early in their respective composer’s...

Martha Thomas, a Hugh Hodgson School of Music professor at the University of Georgia, has been named the second recipient of the Despy Karlas Professorship in Piano, which was established by friends and admirers of the late UGA music professor.

Karlas joined the UGA faculty in 1946 after Hugh Hodgson, the director of the newly established school of music, overheard her practicing on a visit to Juilliard and hired her on the spot. Her career spanned decades at UGA, but her legacy has lived on through the countless students,...

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