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Down The Rabbit Hole

Down The Rabbit Hole, an Opera in One Act

Thursday, October 6 at 5:30 PM
Lyndon House Arts Center

Friday, October 14 at 5:30 PM
UGA Performing Arts Center, Ramsey Hall

All performances are free and open to the public

Down the Rabbit Hole is a one act opera based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. This production aims to engage new audiences, particularly the young and the young at heart, with both new compositions and opera as an art form while also creating performance opportunities for undergraduate singers and instrumentalists. The familiar story, presented through whimsical music, is brought to life through this operatic retelling. Music by Bryan Wysocki and Julien Berger. Libretto by Abigail A. Head. Supported in part by an Idea Lab Mini Grant.

Athens Hip Hip Harmonic Residency

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic
October Residency
music.uga.edu/ahhh-residency

Launched in August 2021, the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic is a multi-year collaboration between the local Hip Hop community and the UGA Hodgson School of Music. It started with a simple question: What would happen if a Hip Hop artist and a classically-trained composer co-created a piece of music? Answer: Come to these events to find out!

Featuring
Ishues + James Weidman + Jazz Combo
Cassie Chantel + Julien Berger + African American Choral Ensemble
Celest Ngeve + Ayako Pederson-Takeda + CCE
Convict Julie + Tom Hiel + Wind Symphony
Montu Miller, emcee
Connie Frigo, producer

Composition Seminar
Friday, October 7 from 4:10-5 PM
Dancz Center, Hugh Hodgson School of Music Room 264

Join the Hip Hop artists and composers to learn about their collaborative writing process and receive a sneak peak at the musical scores that will be premiered at the October 20th show.

Common Hour Event
Wednesday, October 12 from 1:50-2:40 PM
Edge Recital Hall, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Conversation: “Where Athens Hip Hop & UGA Come Out to Play”

Meet the Hip Hop artists, composers, and ensemble directors bringing the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic to life this semester! Facilitated by Connie Frigo, producer of the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic. Artist Meet & Greet with refreshments will take place immediately following Common Hour!

The Show!
Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 PM
UGA Performing Arts Center, Hodgson Hall
FREE, no tickets required

The African American Choral Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Wind Symphony, and CCE will perform world premieres of music co-created by Cassie Chantel & Julien Berger; Ishues & James Weidman; Convict Julie & Tom Hiel; and Celest Ngeve & Ayako Pederson-Takeda.

Follow the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/athenshiphopharmonic/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenshiphopharmonic
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCyXqmhqyTE8G2ke9d4-glZw

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts Funding Trends

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts Funding Trends
Friday, November 18 at 10 AM
Main Art Building Room S160

What kinds of arts projects actually get funded? Idea Lab presents a report about trends in arts funding and shares examples of recent grants awarded by Creative Capital, South Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Idea Lab is a UGA student organization committed to providing an open, interdisciplinary platform for engagement in arts.

Idea Lab Conversation: Mini Grant Stories

Idea Lab Conversation: Mini Grant Stories
Friday, November 11 at 10 AM
Main Art Building Room S160

Join Idea Lab Mini Grant recipients and mentors for a reflective conversation about their projects. The Idea Lab Mini Grant Program is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. Ideas for Creative Exploration is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School.

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic performance

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic
Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 PM
UGA Performing Arts Center

FREE, family-friendly, no tickets required

Launched in August 2021, the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic is a multi-year collaboration between the local Hip Hop community and the UGA Hodgson School of Music, supported by UGA’s Arts Lab. It is produced by saxophone professor Connie Frigo, who developed it in collaboration with Hip Hop impresario Montu Miller and Mariah Parker (aka Linqua Franqa), along with a team of other artists, educators, and supporters eager to create music together to explore our mutual artistic and cultural curiosities. We started with a simple question: What would happen if a Hip Hop artist and a classically-trained composer co-created a piece of music? Answer: Come to the show to find out!

Building upon what we started last year, this special show – our biggest to date – features premieres of music co-created by (4) Hip Hop artists and (4) UGA composers, performed by (4) UGA ensembles. There are approx. 100 undergraduate and graduate student performers involved. Montu Miller will serve as emcee.

Hip Hop artists include recent Athens Music Walk of Fame inductee Ishues, the 2020 Vic Chestnutt Songwriter of the Year Cassie Chantel, compelling and soulful alternative R&B singer Convict Julie, and dynamic poet and spoken word performer Celest Ngeve.

UGA composers include piano and African American studies professor James Weidman, commercial music and media professor Tom Hiel, composition/music education major Ayako Pederson-Takeda, and composition/performance major Julien Berger.

The featured UGA ensembles include the African American Choral Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Wind Symphony, and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

Youtube channel featuring collaborative performances:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCyXqmhqyTE8G2ke9d4-glZw

Torrance Center seminar and lecture

The Power of Narratives Across Disciplines
Wednesday, October 12 from 10 AM – 3 PM
Georgia Museum of Art

www.eventbrite.com/e/the-power-of-narratives-across-disciplines-a-creative-mini-conference-tickets-416046485237

Join leading experts from across UGA as they discuss the creative use of narratives and storytelling across their wide areas of research. Registration is required as tickets are limited. This event is free to attend and open to everyone.

Kimberly Van Orman
UGA Institute for Artificial Intelligence

How do we teach students to save the world? Use science fiction!

Hyangsoon Yi
UGA Comparative Literature

Narrative for Education, Narrative for Entertainment, and Narrative for Enlightenment: The Storytelling Conventions in Buddha Biography

Nate Kreuter
UGA English

The Persuasive Lives and Afterlives of Trees, According to a Humanist

David Saltz
UGA Theatre and Film Studies, Ideas for Creative Exploration

Living in Fictional Worlds: Acting, Imaginative Play, and Simming

2022 Annual Torrance Lecture: Angus Fletcher
Wednesday, October 12 at 4 PM
Georgia Museum of Art

Why are Children More Creative than Computer AI — Until They Go to School?

For decades, researchers have observed: children get less creative the longer they attend school. In this talk, I’ll explain why–and what we can do about it. I’ll reveal how children’s creativity is rooted in a neural process that cannot be reproduced by computer AI. I’ll detail my work with US Special Operations to up-train that neural process in adults. I’ll present my lab’s new findings on how the training can restore creativity in elementary students. And I’ll propose that we devote less time in school to critical thinking and mindfulness–and more time to causal thinking and art.

Angus Fletcher Professor of Story Science at Ohio State’s Project Narrative, the world’s leading academic institute for the study of stories. His research on how narrative can boost empathy, courage, and creativity has been called “mind-blowing” by Malcolm Gladwell and “life-changing” by Brene Brown. His most recent books are Wonderworks (Simon & Schuster, 2021) and Storythinking (Columbia University Press, 2023). His current research partners include various Fortune 50s, public schools, and US Special Operations.