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Spotlight 2021

pianosHHSOM Spotlight on the Arts 2021

Nov. 2, 9:40-10-50 am, Edge Hall: MUSI 42/6270 Class and guest artists

The Chinese Music Ensemble in Dr. Kidula’s class will perform a program of Chinese music with guest artists. Joining the students are Yang Chun Lu (Erhu), Huang Rongfu (Yangqin), Yusheng Hsu (Erhu), and Longsheng Zhang (Erhu).


Tuesday, November 2nd, 7:30 pm, Ramsey Hall, Faculty Concert: James Weidman, piano

James Weidman will be featured in a solo/duo piano recital featuring special guests Gregory Broughton and David D’Angelo. The musical selections will include Weidman’s compositions along with music by jazz composers John Lewis and John Coltrane. Also included are selections by American Songbook Composers, Irving Berlin and Jule Styne. Gregory Broughton will sing James’ composition, “I’m Telling You, Now” David D’Angelo will perform James’ composition, “Soulmates.”


Friday November 5th, 7:30, Hodgson Hall, UGA British Brass Band

The UGA British Brass Band will be featuring music by outstanding composer, James Curnow. Having been commissioned to write over 400 works for concert band, brass band, orchestra, choir and various vocal and instrumental ensembles, his total published works now number well over 800! He has taught all areas and levels of instrumental music, and has received numerous awards for teaching and composition, including the Outstanding Educator of America, the Citation of Excellence from the National Bandmasters Association, the North American Brass Band President's Award, the Volkwein Composition Award (twice), the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award (twice), the International Competition for Original Compositions for Band, and the Coup de Vents Composition Competition of Le Havre, France.

This "composer" oriented program will also feature world premiere compositions by our own Dr. James Naigus, and Cameron Gwynn, a former HHSOM composition grad, now working on his MM at Miami’s Frost School of Music.

Dr. Naigus will also be featured as soloist on a couple of short works by his teacher, Dr. Paul Basler from University of Florida.

Another young composer and former Solo Euphonium player of the James Madison University Brass Band, Dr. Joel Collier, will have his composition “Annie Laurie” performed.


Monday Nov. 8th, 5:30 p.m., Ramsey:  Jazz Ensembles I and II

Jazz Ensemble II, which is co-led by new jazz piano faculty Professors James Weidman and Greg Satterthwaite, will open the program. This group will be followed by Jazz Ensemble I led by Director of Jazz Studies, David D'Angelo. Both ensembles will perform works of composers from both the past and present playing a variety of jazz styles that will feature ensemble sections as well as outstanding student soloists.


Tuesday, November 9th, 7:30, Ramsey Hall: Faculty Artist Series: Damon Denton

Damon Denton, will be performing on the UGA Faculty Artist Series November 9 at 7:30pm in Ramsey Hall. He was a top prize winner at the Fourth International Piano Competition held in Pretoria, South Africa and is one of our two faculty collaborative pianists at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

The evening program will present music of FRANCE, his lineage being half French on his mother’s side Works include: 3 short works by Mompou; the Poulenc Nocturnes; Ravel’s “Jeux d’eau”; Boulanger’s three pieces for Viola and Piano (with guest string faculty, Maggie Snyder); Chopin’s Nocturne in D Flat Major; and Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise closing the concert.

Thursday, Nov. 11th, 2:20-3:30, Edge Hall: Jazz Combo's Recital

This recital will feature two small group jazz ensembles directed by David D'Angelo and Greg Satterthwaite. Each group will be playing selections of different jazz styles from the libraries of Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, and the Modern Jazz Quartet that will feature student soloists and ensemble sections.


Friday, November 12th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 14th at 3 pm, Hodgson Hall: UGA Opera Theatre Fall Opera

UGA Opera Theatre Presents: Wargo's A Visit to the Country and Walton's The Bear, two one act operas inspired by the works of Anton Chekov. In Person and Live-streamed from Hodgson Hall.

Saturday, November 13: Family Day, Arts Quad

The tentative schedule is below and if the weather is nice everything will be outside in the courtyard. If not, events will be in the Art Museum auditorium instead. Everything listed below is CMS, but GCC will be performing at 12:15 in between the string demonstration and Suzuki Strings. 

10 AM – Woodwind demonstration

11 AM – Brass demonstration

11:30 AM – New Horizons Band (30 min)

12:00 PM – String Demonstration

12:15 PM – Georgia Children’s Chorus performance

12:45 PM – CMS Suzuki Strings

1:15 PM – Percussion Demonstration


Wednesday, November 17, 6 pm, Edge Hall: Sax Studio

Join two student saxophone quartets from the UGA Saxophone Studio for an exciting program of classic and contemporary music. You've never heard saxophones sound quite like this before -- don't miss it!


Thursday Scholarship Series, Nov. 18th, 7:30, Hodgson Hall: Jazz Ensemble I

Jazz Ensemble I, which is directed by David D'Angelo, will be performing notable classics from the big band libraries of composers from both the past and present. Selections featured will be from the Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie libraries as well as current writers Mike Tomaro and Eric Richards. Student soloists will be featured in each selection.

Thursday, November 18, 7 pm, Ciné, Identity Through Sound

Premiere Screening and Conversation: 

Identity through Sound is a project aiming to showcase how identity and upbringing can be inspiration to composition. By understanding the unique perspectives behind each composer’s piece, we can begin to reflect on the importance of self-expression through composition. This premiere will showcase five solo piano works, performed by pianist Zaira Castillo. These works have been written by UGA and Athens-based composers of the BIPOC community. Alongside the solo works, there will be corresponding documentary videos by composers entailing their upbringings navigating the world of music and composition as people of color. This event will be followed by a Q&A session with the composers shortly after. This project hopes to inspire conversations around the need to showcase more music of underrepresented people, especially those in the classical contemporary field. 

Thursday, November 19, 7 pm, Hodgson Hall: UGA wind ensemble and african american choral ensemble concert (es)

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