Release Date: September 29, 2008
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra members perform Bach at Kennesaw State
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Christina Smith and Robert Cronin
KENNESAW, Ga.—The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will present husband and wife flutists Christina Smith and Robert Cronin in an all-Bach performance on Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. They will be accompanied by Peter Marshall, harpsichord, and Brad Ritchie, cello.
The evening’s program features Bach’s six flute sonatas. “This is a rare chance to hear all of the sonatas together,” said Smith. “And it’s a test of skill and endurance for us. Bach’s flute sonatas are some of the most challenging pieces in the flute repertoire and also some of the most beautiful.” Marshall and Ritchie, on the harpsichord and cello, respectively, will play the continuo part of the program, in which the two separate sounds of the instruments combine into the sound of a singular instrument, according to Smith.
Christina Smith, KSU artist-in-residence in flute, began appearing as a flute soloist at age 15. After winning several awards, she was appointed principal flutist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at age 20. Smith makes appearances at many festivals, including the Blossom and Tanglewood Music Festivals, and, along with harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson, will soon release her first CD, “Encantamiento.”
Robert Cronin, KSU artist-in-residence in flute, is a seven season native of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and currently serves as the associate principal flutist at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is an active composer whose work has premiered at the National Flute Association National Convention, the Rochester Flute Association, the Pennfield Music Project and the Eastman School of Music.
Peter Marshall performs on piano, harpsichord and organ, and he currently holds the Hugh and Jessie Hodgson Keyboard Chair at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Marshall frequently collaborates in vocal and instrumental recitals, and has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States. Brad Ritchie is in his 12th season with the Atlanta Chamber Players and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. A recipient of the Kuttner String Quartet scholarship at Indiana University, he has played in the United States, Japan, France and Germany. His CD “Chocolate Fashion” was released in Japan.
Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts or call the box office at 770-423-6650.
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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.