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Symphony Orchestra kicks-off new season

Alan Flurry

The University of Georgia’s Symphony Orchestra, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s premiere orchestra ensemble, will begin the new season with an exciting performance on the newly renovated Hodgson Hall stage. Students will take their chairs to perform challenging repertoire on September 5th in the opening concert of the 2019-2020 Thursday Scholarship Series Season.

The concert will open with what has been recorded as the first “concert waltz” and the music reflects the first meeting of a boy and girl at a dance, with an opening cello solo demonstrating the boy’s polite introduction. The piece was written for piano by German composer Carl Maria von Weber and orchestrated by Hector Berlioz in 1841. 

Joining the UGA Symphony Orchestra on Debussy’s “Nocturnes” will be the women of the Hodgson Singers, directed by Daniel Bara, Director of Choral Activities and John D. Boyd UGA Foundation Professor of Choral Music. Debussy, considered to be the first impressionist composer, described the piece as “an experiment in the different combinations that can be obtained from one color.” The three movements reflect his varied interpretations, and the wordless female chorus in the 3rdmovement adds to the ambiance. 

An epic ending to the concert will be awaiting audiences after intermission, as the orchestra will perform Russian composer Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47.” In a time of stringent intellectual censorship, the young composer faced much resistance with former pieces, but was able to make a comeback with his energetic and dramatic Fifth Symphony.  


Congratulations to students and faculty of the Hodgson School on the beginning of a new concert season. Tickets are $20 for adults and $3 for students, and can be purchased online at, by calling 706-542-4400 or in person at the PAC Box Office located next door to the music school. Streaming will be available at As always, all proceeds from ticket sales directly support student scholarships.

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