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Atlanta Symphony visits UGA Performing Arts Center on Sunday

POSTED: March 24, 2011 12:20 a.m.

The UGA Performing Arts Center will present the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday in Hodgson Concert Hall.

Music Director Robert Spano will conduct the ASO with special guest, Metropolitan Opera star Dawn Upshaw making her Athens debut. The program will feature innovative pairings of works for soprano and orchestra with symphonies by the same composer.

The first half of the program will include She Was Here, four songs by Franz Schubert, paired with Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony." That will be followed in the second half by Jean Sibelius's tone poem, "Luonnotar," paired with the Sibelius Symphony No. 5.

Upshaw, a Nashville, Tenn., native, is a four-time Grammy Award winner who was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation in 2007 and was the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year "genius" prize. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Vanessa Tome, a doctoral student in music at UGA, will give a pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to the performance. The lecture is free and open to the public.


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