The University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, a division of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, proudly presents its 2nd annual “UGA in Atlanta” concert on April 10. The event, which is open to the general public, aspiring high school musicians, and UGA alumni, will take place in Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall at 8 p.m.
The performance represents an opportunity for the Hodgson School to showcase its musicians to the Atlanta community while reaching out to potential future students. This year’s concert features three of the university’s top-tier graduate chamber ensembles: the Bulldog Brass Society, the Southern Wind Quintet, and the Hodgson String Quartet.
“UGA is fortunate to have such dedicated faculty, talented students, and university support,” said Dale Monson, director of the Hodgson School of Music. “We want to share an example of this amazing environment with Atlantans—particularly area high school students and our alumni—and hopefully increase their awareness of all the great musical things happening here at the Hodgson School.”
The program features standards from twentieth century chamber ensemble literature: the Bulldog Brass Society, founded in 1996 by legendary trumpet player Fred Mills, will play Jan Bach’s rhythmic tour-de-force Rounds and Dances; the Southern Wind Quintet, at the university since 1999, will present a work by French neoclassical composer Jean Françaix; and the Hodgson String Quartet, the newest addition to the school of music, will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s 1931 String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50. All three groups exclusively consist of students seeking Master’s and Doctoral degrees in music performance, and regularly serve as ambassadorial ensembles for the university,
“Some of the highest levels of student musicianship at our institution are represented in these ensembles,” said Monson. “These fourteen students are perfect for ‘UGA in Atlanta’ because they represent not only what they themselves have become, but also the potential inside every young musician in the audience. With hard work and dedication, they could be in this same position someday.”
“UGA in Atlanta” is free and open to the public.