ARCO to Play UNESCO Benefit

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Hodgson School students and faculty will embark on a tour of Northern italy in November, highlighted by an invitation to perform in Venice, at the venerable Gran Teatro La Fenice opera house.

The University of Georgia ARCO Chamber Orchestra has been invited to participate in a benefit concert in Venice, Italy, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as part of a three-day international conference, The Future of Venice and its Lagoon in the Context of Global Change.

The concert will take place on Nov. 13 in the Gran Teatro La Fenice, considered one of the world's leading opera houses, and will be one leg of a musical tour in Northern Italy by ARCO from Nov. 11-17. Two UGA faculty members, Milton Masciadri and Levon Ambartsumian, will be guest soloists at the Venice event, along with Alex Klein, former principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony, and Japanese cellist Day Miyata. The opening gala concert is part of UNESCO's efforts to raise funds to support its program on risk preparedness.

In all, 22 students, faculty and staff will travel to Italy for the musical tour. To support the trip, the Hodgson School of Music is inviting donors and members of the university community and beyond to accompany the group to Venice to attend the gala concert and the next evening's concert in Verona, as well as embark on a musical tour of the city. The price of the trip is $2,600 for accommodations for five nights as well as for the concerts and tour, $1,000 of which is tax deductible. Interested parties should contact the school of music by email ( by Sept. 23 to reserve space.

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