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Ustad Nizami, 17 generation Indian musician, to perform and give workshop at UGA

Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, 17th generation Indian musician, poet, and composer, will give a performance of classical Indian music in Ramsey Concert Hall on Friday, November 2, at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $5. As a descendant of Mian Tan Sen, court musician of 16th century Moghal Emperor Akbar the Great, Nizami is a master of Hindustani and Sufi music in the Senia Gharana tradition. He will be performing on the sitar, harmonium, and tabla. He has performed for all Pakistani heads of state as well as for 3 United States presidents, Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Saudi King Abdullah, and Jordan's King Hussein. Nizami is the creator behind several educational television programs in his native Pakistan, and has appeared countless…

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Mark Zemlan of Surface Optics assists with X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy of the Orpheus Relief fragment at the Georgia Museum of Art.

Object in Focus: The Orpheus Relief Project

When initially considering Roman statues and bas-reliefs, one usually tends to visualize them as spotless sculptures of pure marble, adorned with details such as ivy, robes or a vase. In actuality, however, both Greek and Roman classical sculptures were frequently painted in bright colors. One relief in the collection of the University of Mississippi Museum that demonstrates this polychrome quality will be coming to visit the Georgia Museum of Art for a semester. An analysis of the relief shows traces of pigment from when the statue was originally created and painted, to heighten its sense of naturalism. The relief is a fragment of a much larger scene, and because it is a Roman copy of the Greek original (currently in the Louvre in Paris), researchers…

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GMOA honored with reaccreditation

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia was recently reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums (formerly known as the American Association of Museums), an honor that less than 5 percent of U.S. museums receive. To celebrate this achievement, GMOA will be open to the public Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with an official announcement at 2 p.m. by Ford Bell, president of AAM and an ice cream social to follow. The event is free and open to the public. Reaccreditation is a lengthy process, involving a self-study that GMOA worked on for several years and a site visit lasting several days, during which AAM representatives toured the facility from top to bottom, met with university upper administration and interviewed staff members,…

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UGA Opera Theater to present Jacques Offenbach’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’

The University of Georgia Opera Theater will present “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Jacques Offenbach’s supernatural tale of unrequited love, in a two-night presentation on Oct. 11 and 13 at 8 p.m. in the Hodgson Concert Hall. The UGA Opera Theater, under the direction of UGA professor Frederick Burchinal, will present highlights of “The Tales of Hoffmann” and will be joined by the UGA Symphony Orchestra and the Hodgson Singers conducted by Mark Cedel. The opera will be performed in French with surtitles provided by Chadwick Creative Arts. Offenbach, long known for his lightweight operettas, died shortly before Hoffmann’s 1881 Parisian premiere. “This is his greatest work,” said Burchinal, who is the…

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