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“Peering Into the Musical Brain” unravels mysteries of musicians’ minds

The Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts will present “Peering Into the Musical Brain,” a lecture reviewing years of musician-centered neurological studies, on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Edge Recital Hall of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The lecture, presented by Donald Hodges of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is free and open to the public. The presentation represents two decades of work by Hodges, whose career has focused on understanding what happens in the minds of musicians when they perform, study and listen to music. The lecture will include a variety of musical examples spanning from Baroque to contemporary pop. Hodges has authored more than 140 publications…

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Take 5 — President Michael F. Adams on the performing arts

FROM GEORGIA MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2012 Q: Why are the performing arts important to a national research 1 institution? A: The performing arts are important at a place like this because they greatly enhance the social and cultural life of a great university. The arts also implicitly encourage students, faculty, staff and administrators to pose and ponder big questions. Western culture is in many ways embodied in the messages of music and art and drama and dance. Q: In your opinion does having the arts at UGA improve the quality of the Athens community? A: It’s not accidental that this community is on virtually every list of great places to live for everyone from Millennials to retirees. A great part of that is the cultural life here in Athens.…

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Persichetti and Pupils

Albany Records released a CD of twentieth-century American piano music performed by Richard Zimdars, Despy Karlas Professor of Piano in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.  The album is titled Persichetti and Pupils. This recording presents solo piano music by Vincent Persichetti and two of his composition students at the Juilliard School of Music, Marga Richter and Jacob Druckman.  The pieces in large forms of sonata and variations offer a focused look at the early work of three important American composers. Four works receive their first recorded performances. Persichetti's Ninth Piano Sonata and Winter Solstice are included. Marga Richter is the first woman to have received a degree in composition from the Juilliard School of…

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World Premiere of Roger Vogel’s “Things Fall Apart”

The final chapter of Dr. Roger Vogel‘s career at the University of Georgia came last spring, when the professor emeritus retired after 36 years of teaching Music Theory and Composition. On September 6th, however, audiences will be treated to an exciting Epilogue.  Thanks in part to a grant from the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, Vogel is returning to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music for Things Fall Apart, a compelling new performance piece including both songs and accompanied narration. The work will feature bass-baritone Odekhiren Amaize, Associate Professor of Zayed University (Abu Dhabi, UAE), who also commissioned the piece.  Amaize, who was educated in the United States of America and Russia, has served as a…

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