KSU wind and band will present a "wild night" of "stars"
By Kathleen Walker
KSU Wind Ensemble
The Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will hold their first joint concert of the season on Oct. 9 at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
The wind ensemble’s first concert in September was well-received, according to Paul Davis, interim conductor of wind ensembles. “We had a wonderful season premiere,” he said, “and we are eager to present our exciting new music in October.” The next concert, which is a joint performance of the KSU Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
The theme of the concert is “Wild Nights! Stars and Crowns” and is inspired by three pieces performed during the concert—the opening piece, “Wild Nights!” by Frank Ticheli, “Morning Star” by David Maslanka and the closing piece, “Starry Crown” by Donald Grantham. The concert band will perform music by Handel, Vaughan Williams and Charles Carter.
However, the magic of the concert is in more than just the music. The wind ensemble will have a guest conductor, John K. Whitwell, professor emeritus at Michigan State University. “Dr. Whitwell is one of the premier wind conductors and educators in the county,” Davis said. “We are honored to have him in residency at KSU for this concert and it will be a thrilling experience for our students.”
The Oct. 9 concert is the opening performance of the concert band, conducted by John Culvahouse, professor of music education at KSU. The concert will also mark the conducting debut for student conductors Luke Rabun and Staci Hatmaker.
There is a $5 admission fee for the wind ensemble and concert band concert on Oct. 9, which begins at 8 p.m. For more information, call 770-423-6650 or visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts. The next joint concert is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 19.