Posting Date: February 20, 2009
KSU presents the debut performance of tenor Adam Kirkpatrick*
By Michael Ruther
New member Adam Kirkpatrick, assistant professor of voice and lyric tenor, will present his first KSU recital on April 7* at 8 p.m. in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center with Mary Akerman, assistant professor of guitar, on the classical guitar and Russell Young, associate professor of opera and musical theater, on the piano.
One of the unique aspects of this concert is that it will feature a vocalist and a guitarist in collaboration, a combination rarely seen in the orchestral community. The guitar will bring a “folksy” quality to the concert that results from the finger plucking of nylon strings. Akerman, Young, and Kirkpatrick will perform, among other works, a six-song cycle called “Anon. in Love,” composed by William Walton and written by anonymous poets. On the final song of the evening, Kirkpatrick will play the guitar, an instrument he has been playing since the age of six, with Akerman.
Kirkpatrick had been teaching for three years at Georgia State University and working with the Atlanta Opera when he met Russell Young, who informed him that Kennesaw State needed a tenor. Kirkpatrick visited the campus and was “impressed with the facilities and how beautiful the campus was. This school is poised for greatness.”
His recent performances include a concert at Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia on March 5 and another performance at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on March 7 with the Marietta Master Chorale. His future performances include collaborations with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra, the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra at Northwest Florida State College. He has also written a novel called “Lincoln’s Shadow” that will be available soon from Strategic Press.
For directions and information, contact the KSU box office at 770-423-6650 or online at www.kennesaw.edu/arts/boxoffice.
*This event was originally scheduled for March 3, 2009. Due to circumstances beyond the School of Music's control, it had to be canceled that evening.