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UGA symphony orchestra performs Brahms, Stravinsky March 30

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:08am

Tonight, The UGA Symphony Orchestra performs its penultimate concert of the year in Hodgson Concert Hall at 8 p.m.:

Under the batons of Mark Cedel, director of the orchestra, and Claudine Gamache, D.M.A. Conducting student, the UGASO will perform works from Brahms, Karl Goldmark and Stravinsky.

The program opens with Goldmark’s “Im Frühling,” which translates to “In the Spring.” Goldmark’s most popular overture, “In the Spring” is less about telling a story than it is about conveying a feeling likely well known to Goldmark and other Austrian natives who endure harsh mountain winters: the joy of the dawning of spring.

Stravinsky’s ballet “Le baiser de la fée,” or “The Fairy’s Kiss,” the Divertimento of which is the second work on the UGASO program, came together through no small amount of serendipity in 1927.

Ida Rubenstein commissioned a work from Stravinsky and expressed a desire to have something composed that was inspired by Tchaikovky’s music. Not only did Stravinsky have a fondness for Tchaikovsky that stretched back to his childhood, but when he was approached about the commission, the very next year would be the 35th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s death.

Fantastic students musicians, led by faculty and graduate students, our symphony orchestra is the signature ensemble of the Hodsgon School as well as training ground for some of the nation's best musicians. Tickets here.

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