music

Culture and commodity

Posted 2 years 11 months ago
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The roll-out of Apple Music is creating a lot of media sizzle, but the conversations about major corporations and their battle for customers is leaving one major element out of the equation: the people who make our music (and books):

Do you think Spotify and YouTube are nervous about today's announcement? Those are two very different entities, and I'm not sure how they're both feeling. Lately in interviews I've started saying nice things about Spotify because they’re not the biggest problem for artists. The biggest problem is YouTube, and all the the user-generated, unwrangled...

New Zimdars recording

Posted 3 years 1 month ago
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Richard Zimdars, Despy Karlas Professor of Piano in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, is one of the great piano performers who is also a fantastic teacher who draws some of the best students in the world to UGA. A scholar of great renown, his extraordinarily distinguished pedigree only begins with his international performances and lectures in England, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant, first prize in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist...

Slingshot Festival

Posted 3 years 2 months ago
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The third annual Slingshot festival got off to a rousing start last night and the action continues through Saturday:

Musical highlights of the festival will include DJ sets by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire) as well as performances by Jamie XX, Nosaj Thing and Reptar. Comedy Night headliners include Kyle Kinane, Ron Funches and Kurt Braunohler. The festival will screen "Salad Days," a documentary about the Washington, D.C., punk scene.

Electronic art offerings include new work by designer Kyle McDonald, video artist Andy Thomas...

UGA Opera Theatre: Mascagni's L'amico Fritz

Posted 3 years 3 months ago
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UGA Opera Theatre brings the rarely-performed opera in three acts L'amico Fritz to the Fine Arts Theatre Feb. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.

"I have wanted to bring this particular opera to UGA ever since I arrived here," said Frederick Burchinal, the Wyatt and Margaret Anderson Professor in the Arts and Opera Theatre director. "I had the opportunity to perform it with the San Francisco Opera in 1976 and fell in love with it. Now, we have the students in place to bring it to life."

The opera tells the tale of a wealthy landowner who...

Hood/Powers Q & A at the Chapel

Posted 3 years 3 months ago
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Thursday the 12th at 4 pm, we're all going to the Chapel for a conversation between great friends of the blog Patterson Hood and Ann Powers:

Ann Powers of NPR and musician Patterson Hood will hold a public conversation on "Our Back Pages: The Music, Books and Movies That Fed Two Creative Lives" Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. in the University of Georgia Chapel.

The event is part of the Global Georgia Initiative, the signature speaker series of the UGA Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Hood is a co-founder and principal singer-songwriter of the Athens band Drive...

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