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Students “conduct” Hodgson Wind Ensemble for Student Spotlight event

More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff from across campus experienced the Hodgson Wind Ensemble’s  “Conduct Us” event on Thursday, a highlight of a daylong Student Spotlight event of the annual Spotlight on the Arts festival. More than two dozen students took the baton to lead the band in favorites such as “Stars and Stripes Forever,” while a crowd of students looked on—and snapped smartphone photos and videos—at Tate Plaza. “Conduct Us was a fun and exciting way for students to get a taste and sense of the arts at the University of Georgia,” said Russell Mumper, the university’s vice provost and chair of the UGA Arts Council. “We couldn’t be more pleased with…


Third-annual Spotlight on the Arts Festival set for Nov. 6-14

A Tony Award-winning playwright, a Grammy Award-winning soprano, art-making robots and a music composition performed on Google Glass are among the more than 40 events on tap for the University of Georgia's 2014 Spotlight on the Arts festival. The third annual festival is scheduled for Nov. 6-14 and will feature performances by British baroque quartet Red Priest, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Grammy Award-winning soprano Kathleen Battle. The 2014 Spotlight on the Arts festival also includes events featuring Academy and Tony award-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, who will be inducted into the Georgia Writer's Hall of Fame. A University Theatre production of "The Great Gatsby" will run throughout the festival. "Each year, the…


Hodgson Singers Win Big in Baden

The University of Georgia Hodgson Singers, the flagship choral ensemble of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, won both first prize and the Grand Prix Ave Verum at the prestigious International Choral Competition Ave Verum on May 24 in Baden, Austria. The four-day event featured performances by choirs from the U.S., Italy, Hungary, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Austria and the Philippines, each evaluated by an international panel of judges. "I am overwhelmed by the success of this choir on this tour of beautiful cathedrals in the Czech Republic and Austria, at the (American Choral Directors Association) Convention in Jacksonville earlier this March and in this international competition," said Daniel Bara, director of choral activities in the Hodgson…


Art Rocks Athens 2014

Athens, Georgia is well known for its vibrant music scene. What is less known, however, is that artists from the era of 1975-85 gave rise to the music, and then their music went on to influence the art. Art Rocks Athens Foundation, a non-profit organization, was formed to explore and document that time period, and to present a retrospective of the work of artists who were living and making art in the vortex of creativity that centered on Athens. Through the conservation of both artworks and music-related artifacts, Art Rocks Athens Foundation seeks to make a verifiable record of this history and its lasting importance to the town so many people love. On May 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, UGA Special Collections Libraries will host the Art…

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