Posting Date: March 30, 2010
Athens Chamber Singers joins KSU School of Music in concert
Performance to commemorate the Holocaust
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Athens Chamber Singers in performance
KENNESAW, Ga.—The Athens Chamber Singers, directed by Kevin Kelly, will join Kennesaw State University’s School of Music in a free concert at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on April 13 at 8 p.m. The concert will feature the choral works of composer and performer Elliot Levine. The concert will also feature displays in the lobby from the "Parallel Journeys" exhibit at the KSU Museum of History and Holocaust Education. This event is free and open to the public.
The performance at KSU is the second of two scheduled appearances by the Athens Chamber Singers coinciding with Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. The first performance will take place on Yom HaShoah, April 11, at the Friendship Presbyterian Church in Athens, Ga. Yom HaShoah is held each April in commemoration of those who died and those who survived during the Holocaust.
The concert will also feature Levine as the vocal soloist in “Flame Language,” a work for chamber ensemble by KSU Composer-in-Residence Laurence Sherr. The piece is one of a collection of Holocaust memorial compositions by Sherr, whose mother was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. Sherr’s “Flame Language” was inspired by the poetry of Nelly Sachs, a Holocaust survivor and 1966 Nobel Laureate in literature. The words for the piece are taken from the Sachs' poem, “The Candle that I Have Lit for You.”
Elliot Levine is a native New Yorker and has sung with the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble since its inception in 1969. Levine earned his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and he has taught at City College, Upsala College, the Lighthouse Music School and the Hebrew Arts School. He has been a featured soloist with the RAI Orchestra at Rome, the Rome Opera, La Fenice, Musica Sacra, The Folger Consort, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival and many more.
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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.