Release Date: April 10, 2009
KSU Concert Band and KSU Wind Ensemble present season finale
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Concert Band and Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble will perform their season finale in a shared concert on April 20 at 8 p.m. in the performance hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Performance Center. Unique to this performance is the appearance of two special guest conductors, sophomore Staci Hatmaker and senior Brandon McDaniel, both members of the Concert Band.
The concert presents a special opportunity for the KSU student conductors. “I am delighted to have a small part in the continual advancement of the Concert Band, and to have the chance to share the stage with such competent and expressive conductors,” Hatmaker said. McDaniel added, “This is the best possible preparation for student teaching I could think of, and I’m having a great time doing it.”
The KSU Concert Band is a non-audition band open to all KSU students that provides both performance and leadership opportunities for its musicians. John Culvahouse, professor of instrumental music education and director of the Concert Band, coaches the 40-member plus ensemble and the students conducting the repertoire.
Selections for the evening will include “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Symphonic Dance No. 2, ‘The Maskers’” by Clifton Williams, “Serenade for Band” by Vincent Persichetti and “Fandango” by Ralph Perkins.
The KSU Wind Ensemble, led by Interim Conductor of Wind Ensembles Paul Davis, prepares and trains music students for professional careers in performance with its on-campus concerts throughout the academic year. Called “an all-American concert,” the performance will feature works by well-recognized American composers. “It will be an enjoyable evening of music that has defined the culture of America,” Davis said. “There will be music that people know and love, and some new sounds as well.”
The program will include music from John Philip Sousa’s “Fairest of the Fair,” Donald Grantham’s “From an Alabama Songbook” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.” A highlight of the concert will be a brass transcription of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude in C# minor,” the setting of which is composed by Peter Gustav Westin II, KSU’s 2009 Composition Competition winner.
Admission to the performance is $5. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the KSU box office at 770-423-6650 or online at www.kennesaw.edu/arts.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.