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UGA Performing Arts Center to open 20th season with Atlanta Symphony and Chorus
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The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will kick off its 20th season in grand fashion with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 in Hodgson Concert Hall.

Music director Robert Spano will conduct the program, featuring Mahler’s monumental Resurrection Symphony with soprano Laura Tatulescu and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor as soloists.

“We are looking forward to expanding the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s partnership with the University of Georgia for the 2015-2016 season with a total of five concerts, plus two Young People’s Concerts,” Spano said. “This will be our 20th season together and we look forward to a wonderful year as we celebrate the legacy of Robert Shaw.”

The Performing Arts Center’s expanded partnership with the Atlanta Symphony will include a special New Year’s Eve concert as well as a concert marking the 100th anniversary of Shaw’s birth. It will be performed in Hodgson Hall before going to New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Throughout the 2015-2016 season, all Atlanta Symphony pre-concert lectures will be given by Ken Meltzer, who is the author of the Atlanta Symphony’s program notes. Meltzer also hosts the orchestra’s “Inside the Music” pre-concert lectures in Atlanta and the weekly radio show, “Meet the Classics,” on Atlanta’s AM-1690.

Tickets are $65-$75 and are discounted for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.

The pre-concert lecture begins at 2:15 p.m. and takes place in Ramsey Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.