The Naumburg Trio takes its name from the famous Naumburg Competion, which is among the most prestigious of all international Classical music competitions. The members of the trio are all Naumburg winners. Pianist Gilles Vonsattel, who took the honors in 2002, has become a familiar figure in Athens with his recital performances and concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. David Require, cello, won in 2008. Violinist Frank Huang, who won in 2003, is now the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic.
Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor Marshall Shepherd will present this year's Founder's Day Lecture entitled: “The Challenges of Communicating Science to Non-Scientists.” A leading international expert in weather, climate and remote sensing, Shepherd is director of UGA’s Atmospheric Sciences Program. He serves as host of The Weather Channel’s Sunday talk show “Weather Geeks” and as a contributor to Forbes magazine. Shepherd served as president of the American Meteorological Society in 2013 and is the recipient of the society’s 2018 Helmut E. Landsberg Award.
The musical and personal friendship between Brahms and Dvořák is legendary. This pairing brings to life the creative energy that reverberated between the German neo-classicist and the champion of Czech folk music and produced a glowing array of musical masterpieces.
Dvořák: Selected Slavonic Dances for Piano, Four HandsBrahms: Trio in C Minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 101Brahms: Selected Hungarian Dances for Piano, Four HandsDvořák: Quintet in A Major for Piano, Two Violins, and Cello, B. 155, Op. 81
Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in two powerful works by Beethoven and Bernstein. Known for its forceful melodies and heroic spirit, Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto is the most frequently performed of the composer’s five piano concertos. The Los Angeles Timescalled piano soloist Jorge Osorio “one of the more elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet.” Leonard Bernstein composed his first major symphonic work, the Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah, in 1942.
The University of Georgia Creative Writing Program presents writer John Keene for a reading.Keene is the author of the novel Annotations (New Directions, 1995); the poetry collection Seismosis (1913 Press, 2006), a collaboration with artist Christopher Stackhouse; and the short fiction collection Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015), which received the inaugural 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses (in the United Kingdom) as well as a 2016 American Book Award, and a 2016 Lannan Literary Award for fiction.
Qui is a poet, literary translator and crime novelist. He will present a lecture entitled, “A Chinese Cop in the Global Age.” His critically acclaimed Inspector Chen series —which is set in Shanghai, China, in the 1990s—has been published in 20 languages and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Qui’s novel “Death of a Red Heroine” won the Anthony Award for best novel in 2001.
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Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, will present “Tackling Postsecondary Challenges Today.” Cooper has served as the deputy director for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance at the U.S. Department of Education. She also provides commentary to various media outlets including NPR, FOX News, the Washington Post and C-SPAN. Cooper is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Aspen Institute Presidential Fellowship and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL (Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership) award.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, award-winning journalist and alumna, will present “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” as this year's Holmes-Hunter Lecture. One of the namesakes of UGA’s Holmes-Hunter Academic Building and the annual Holmes-Hunter Lecture, Hunter-Gault was one of the first two African-American students to enroll at UGA.
Shirley Brice Heath, Marjorie Bailey Professor of English and Dramatic Literature and Professor of Linguistics, emerita, at Stanford University will present “The Arts as Brick and Mortar of Community Building” as the 2018 Aralee Strange Lecture. Heath is a linguistic anthropologist whose research focuses on learning through sustained experience in art and/or science as well as across various environments. She has written several books and publications on her work with community building as well as directed and produced short documentaries on the topic.
Gale Anne Hurd, CEO of Valhalla Entertainment; Will Packer, Emmy-nominated producer; Jeff Stepakoff, executive director, Georgia Film Academy; and Lee Thomas, division director of the film, music and digital entertainment division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development will present “Hollywood South: The New $9.5 Billion Georgia Industry.”
Bakari Sellers, CNN political analyst, will present “Education, Civil Rights and Equality: Cornerstones for our Future” as the 2018 Mary Frances Early Lecture. At age 22, Sellers was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, making him both the youngest member of the state legislature as well as the youngest African-American elected official in the nation. Sellers represented South Carolina’s 90th district in the state legislature from 2006-2014. He has also worked for Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.