Creative Research Medal 2017
George Foreman, director of UGA’s Performing Arts Center and associate professor of music, guided the production of “Music for the Tsars: Works from the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts,” a CD that significantly advances music education and performance in Russia and the U.S. This massive creative and scholarly undertaking began in 2012 with the goal of highlighting the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts’ rich and largely unknown collection of 19th century wind band music. Foreman coordinated all components of production and recording, while also capturing the original intent and nature of the music. In 2014, the works were recorded in UGA’s Hodgson Concert Hall by Hodgson School of Music faculty and over 100 student musicians. This wonderful recording will have a lasting impact on the world of band literature, the lives of students and others who contributed, and the global perception and reputation of the university.