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School of Music Annual Holiday Concerts, live and in person

Alan Flurry

The students and faculty of Hugh Hodgson School of Music help us start the holiday season off right in Hodgson Hall with the return of the live Hodgson School of Music Annual Holiday Concerts. Audiences will be able to enjoy a wonderful evening of holiday classics and more to get into the spirit of the season, with performances by multiple ensembles. The concerts are part of the Thursday Scholarship Series and will take place Dec. 2nd and 3rd at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldog Brass Society will play outside the PAC for a festive beginning to the evening before the concert.


The program will open with the Men’s and Women’s Glee ClubsUniversity Chorus and Hodgson Singers performing Ave Maria, along with a traditional Nigerian carol Betelehemu. Each piece will include choral soloists. A percussion ensemble will join in on Betelehemu as well.

John Coble will lead guest strings artists in George Frideric Handel’s organ concertos, which were played during intermission in performances of his oratorios, usually with Handel himself as the organ soloist. Though not specifically associated with his well-known Messiah, Handel’s organ concertos capture the same joyful spirit.

Under the baton of Mark Cedel, the UGA Symphony Orchestra will conclude the first half of the concert with Malcom Arnold's The Holly and the Ivy: Fantasy on Christmas Carols.

During intermission, the UGA Flute Quartet will perform holiday music in the lobby led by professor of flute, Angela Jones-Reus.

Daniel Bolshoy’s guitar ensemble will start the second half of the concert with pieces by Luigi Boccherini and will also perform Seis Villancicos, or six Spanish carols arranged by Francois Castet.

The UGA Jazz Sextet will be playing White Christmas and The Grinch, arranged by Paul Di Cicco, and will highlight each member artistically. Directed by David D’Angelo, the ensemble consists of Ramon Zamudio on trumpet, Paul Di Cicco on alto sax, Michael Siler on tenor sax, Hayden Johnson on drums, Michael Solomon on piano and Jordi Lara on bass.

Bandmaster Phil Smith will lead the British Brass Band in some fan favorites. "During this season, we all celebrate unique traditions of hope, love, joy and peace! Christmastime, with jingle bells, the smell of roasted chestnuts and the sound of brass instruments is as common as ice cream and apple pie. Celebrate the sounds of the season with our UGA Brass Band!" said Smith.

The Hodgson Singers will end the concert with Stille Nacht, under the direction of Dan Bara, the John D. Boyd UGA Foundation Professor of Choral Music and the Director of Choral Activities. Joining them will be the British Brass Band and choral soloists, as well as a flugelhorn solo.

As part of the Thursday Scholarship Series, proceeds from this concert are instrumental in helping to offer scholarships to deserving young musicians. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and children, and can be purchased online or by calling the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 706-542-4400. For those unable to attend the concert, live streaming will be available online at This performance is underwritten by Dr. William Barstow in loving memory of Mrs. Dolly Barstow.


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