Thursday Scholarship Concert Series opens Sept. 7

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TSS_UGASO.jpgThe students of the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, along with an array of faculty soloists, opens a new year of concerts for the Thursday Scholarship Series in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.:

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s flagship concert series opens with one of its most notable large ensembles performing classics from Barber, Haydn and Tchaikovsky.

The concert opens with Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra. Premiered in 1942, the single-movement orchestral work clocks in around 11 minutes.

“The Barber is a lush and energetic concert opener that displays the orchestra's virtuosity,” said Mark Cedel, conductor of the UGASO.

Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante follows, a part-symphony, part-concerto work in which four instruments compose the solo group: violin, cello, oboe and bassoon.

“This is an unusual combination of soloists, making it a unique and very enjoyable work,” said Cedel.

Hodgson School faculty members will perform as soloists: Kristin Jutras, director of the UGA Community Music School, violin; Reid Messich, assistant professor of oboe; Amy Pollard, associate professor of bassoon; and David Starkweather, professor of cello.

The final piece of the concert is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Great music from truly great performers in a wonderful campus tradition that is the Thursday Scholarship Concert Series. Get your tickets now - at or the Performing Arts Center box office.