Release Date: October 30, 2009
Kennesaw State University presents first Women’s Choral Day concert
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KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University’s School of Music will host the first annual Women’s Choral Day concert on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The performance will feature more than 245 female high school students representing 13 schools from four counties in the Atlanta area, along with both home-schooled and private school students.
The students will receive the program music the morning of the performance and will prepare all day for the concert. Alison Mann, coordinator of the event and assistant professor of choral music education at KSU, says, “It’s important for women to get outside of their high school and connect with other people in the community and make music together.”
After practicing all day, the students will open the concert with a performance of “Exaudi Laudate,” a high-energy piece written in Latin by Beverly A. Patton. Next, the students will perform “Sambalele,” a Brazilian folk song written in Portuguese and arranged by Eduardo Lakschevitz, followed by an adaptation of a Fred Mitchell poem, “I Have Had Singing,” arranged by Ron Jeffers. To complete the concert, the fourth piece of music will be an African American spiritual, “Music Down in My Soul,” composed by Moses Hogan.
One unique aspect of the concert remains the size of the choral group. Mann observes that “there are not a lot of chances to sing with 245 other people” and notes that a group this size will produce an exciting level of energy. For the audience, Mann promises a variety of music and the opportunity to hear “what less than 24 hours of rehearsal can successfully produce.”
The event is free. For information and directions, 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.