Hugh Hodgson School of Music

ARCO in Venice

Posted 5 years 6 months ago

A year ago last month, I had the distinct privilege of traveling to Italy with one of the premiere ensembles in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music - the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Franklin Professor of Music Levon Ambartsumian. ARCO was invited to play a UNESCO-sponsored concert in the renowned opera house La Fenice, in Venice. It was a very beautiful concert and delightful experience.

Now WUGA-TV will broadcast the one-hour documentary I made with ARCO as a part of that trip, ARCO in Venice:

"La Fenice is among the most prestigious and glorious performance...

Dave Brubeck at UGA

Posted 5 years 6 months ago
Brubeck at piano

The Red & Black had a nice rembrance of jazz great Dave Brubeck, who died wednesday at the age of 91. The article recalls that Brubeck was a guest artist in residence at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in Feb. 2008. We are lucky to have shared our campus and opened our stages and classrooms to this visionary pianist and composer. The UGA students who can say they learned from and performed alongside Brubeck will carry something all their own of the man and his music far into the future.

Image: UGA photo of Brubeck during a performance in Hodgson Concert Hall, 2008.

Dreaming of the Redcoat Band

Posted 5 years 6 months ago

Hugh Hodgson School of Music graduate Richard Gnann (BMus, MMEd) is the author of Dreaming of the Redcoat Band, the true story of one child’s Bulldog dream — to march in Sanford Stadium with the University of Georgia Redcoat Band. The story personifies the Redcoat Marching Band legacy and experience for the hundreds of Franklin and UGA students who have comprised its ranks over the years. The book inspires children to follow their dreams and inspires parents to encourage childhood dreams. It is also an opportunity to support the band, as all profits generated from the book will be donated...

Holiday Concerts

Posted 5 years 7 months ago
Hodgson-holiday-concerts, with combined chorus and orchestra

The end of each fall semester at UGA is punctuated by a musical spectacular marking the unoffical beginnig of the holiday season: The Holiday Concerts:

The University of Georgia Holiday Concerts, a tradition of the Athens community, returns Nov. 29-30 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Hall.


The concerts bring together the UGA Symphony Orchestra and choral ensembles under the baton of Professor Mark Cedel. The nearly 300 student singers and instrumentalists will lead an evening of selections that include new and familiar seasonal songs and an audience sing-along.


ARCO Chamber Orchestra presents Bach and Beethoven

Posted 5 years 7 months ago
ARCO with Levon conducting.

The ARCO Chamber Orchestra, under the artistic direction of its founder, Franklin Professor of Violin Levon Ambartsumian, is one the gems of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and the university. Ambartsumain brought the ensemble with him from Moscow years ago and has, over the years, tranformed it into a first-rate student and faculty ensemble, exhibiting the utmost professionalism in repertoire and performance. A true teacher as well as a conductor and gifted violinist, Ambartsumian and ARCO offer the rare opportunity for chamber music fans. Normally one would have to live in a major city...