Posting Date: April 10, 2009
KSU presents a performance of the Community and Alumni Choir
By Michael Ruther
The Kennesaw State University Community and Alumni Choir will perform on April 25 at 8 p.m. at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The choir is led by Leslie Blackwell, director of choral activities at KSU, and will be accompanied on piano by Sherri Barrett.
The title of the concert is “Americana” and will feature American music, including early American hymn tunes. The performance will include compositions by Alice Parker, a renowned composer who recently performed at KSU with the Marietta Master Chorale and has collaborated with Robert Shaw of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Rene Clausen, composer and conductor of the Concordia Choir of Concordia College; Aaron Copland, an American composer; and choral music conductor Robert Shaw. The concert will also feature the vocal talents of baritone soloist and KSU professor of music Oral Moses.
The KSU Community and Alumni Choir is an all-volunteer choir composed of about 75 members of the KSU community including , staff, alumni and students of various majors. The KSUCAC meets every Monday night for rehearsals and does not require an audition to join. According to Blackwell, “I believe anyone can learn to sing.” The second active year of the KSUCAC is drawing to a close, but the new season begins in September.
Blackwell encourages audiences to come and enjoy the concert. “It features all-American music, which makes it special. There are some pretty exciting things in this concert, such as the spirituals, ‘My God is a Rock,’ arranged by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, and ‘Everytime I Feel the Spirit,’ featuring Dr. Moses, who is incredible. There is also a surprise that we don’t want to give away.”
The event is free, but donations will be accepted at the door. For additional information and directions to the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, please contact the KSU Box Office at 770-423-6650 or online at www.kennesaw.edu/arts.