Kennesaw State Wind Ensemble Season Premier Sept. 10
By Kathleen Walker
KSU Wind Ensemble
The Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble will hold its first concert of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The group will perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary wind band music throughout the evening.
Some of the traditional pieces include a collection of English folk songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the African-American spiritual “Honey in the Rock.” New works include “Push,” which was written in 2002 by Rob Smith. “The concert will also feature a number of soloists from the ensemble,” says Paul Davis, interim conductor of wind ensembles. “Overall, this will be an exciting evening of great music.”
The concert also marks the first performance directed by Davis, who joins the School of Music after serving as a member of the conducting faculties at several prestigious southern universities, including the University of Alabama, Converse College in South Carolina and Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. John Culvahouse, professor of instrumental music education at KSU, says, “We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Paul Davis with us on this year.”
Davis also is excited about the opportunity to work with Kennesaw State. “This is a vibrant and growing institution with a great enthusiasm for the arts,” he says. “Working with the great talent here has truly been a thrill. The students have a strong passion to be outstanding performers.”
Melissa Harris, a senior and French horn player, is one of those students. She is excited about the music for the Sept. 10 concert and also about working with Davis. “He has things welding together nicely,” she says. “The band sounds great and I can’t wait for the concert so everyone can hear how wonderful we sound.”
There is a $5 admission fee for the wind ensemble concert, which begins at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts or call 770-423-6650.