ATHENS, Ga. —UGA Presents is bringing the Zurich Chamber Orchestra to Athens Nov. 14 for a 7:30 p.m. performance in Hodgson Concert Hall. Led by music director and violinist Daniel Hope, the orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s beloved masterwork, The Four Seasons. The program will also include concertos by Bach and Mendelssohn along with Bechara El-Khoury’s Unfinished Journey, which was commissioned by Hope for the tenth anniversary of violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s death.
The Zurich Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1945 and is now considered one of the world’s leading ensembles of its kind. The orchestra is regularly invited to perform at international music festivals and its critically acclaimed recordings have been honored with numerous awards, including two 2017 Echo Klassik Awards in the Classics Without Borders category.
Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for 25 years and is celebrated for his musical versatility as well as his dedication to humanitarian causes. He was named music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in 2016, and he served as associate artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival for 16 seasons.
Hope has released over 25 albums, winning the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d’Or of the Year, the Edison Classical Award, the Prix Caecilia, seven Echo Klassik Awards and numerous Grammy nominations. He has penned four bestselling books published in Germany, and he contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal and has written scripts for collaborative performances with the actors Klaus Maria Brandauer, Sebastian Koch and Mia Farrow.
Tickets for the Zurich Chamber Orchestra concert start at $50 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400. A limited number of discounted tickets are available to current UGA students for $10 with a valid UGA ID (limit one ticket per student).
The concert is supported by Caroline D. Strobel.
Patrons are invited to make it an evening with a tour and free dessert at the Georgia Museum of Arts at 5:30 p.m.
The Zurich Chamber Orchestra concert is part of Spotlight on the Arts. Presented by the University of Georgia Arts Council, Spotlight on the Arts runs Nov. 6-17 and includes dozens of exhibitions and performances in the visual, literary and performing arts.
Hodgson Concert Hall is located in the UGA Performing Arts Center at 230 River Road in Athens.