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UGA Wind Ensemble
Nicholas Williams, conductor

Presented in partnership with the Hugh Hodgson School of Music

“It proved a charmed collaboration — it was hard not to be, when working with music as charismatic as Viet Cuong’s Vital Sines. Commissioned for the Eighth Blackbird and the U.S. Navy Band…the 15-minute piece is a smiling tribute to Cuong’s upbringing in wind bands, and to his late father.”—Chicago Tribune

Eighth Blackbird is a four-time Grammy Award-winning contemporary music group that has been hailed as “one of the smartest, most dynamic ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Through performances in its Chicago home base and at venues across the U.S. and around the world, Eighth Blackbird has brought innovative presentations of works by living composers to tens of thousands of music lovers. The group’s UGA Presents debut includes a performance of Atlanta composer Viet Cuong’s exhilarating Vital Sines in collaboration with the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble.

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Hodgson Concert Hall (View Seating Chart)

230 River Road
Athens, GA 30605


Eighth Blackbird:
Lina Andonovska, flutes
Zachary Good, clarinets
Maiani da Silva, violin
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Matthew Duvall, percussion
Lisa Kaplan, piano

UGA Wind Ensemble
Nicholas Williams, conductor


VIET CUONG: Vital Sines
Additional music to be announced

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