Posting Date: April 2, 2010

JEA Speakers Series goes classical — musically speaking
Concert will feature top musicians from Kennesaw State University

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Robert Henry
Charae Krueger
Angela Anzai
Adam von Housen

KENNESAW, Ga.The Jewish Educational Alliance Speakers Series will present a concert called, “The Best of Kennesaw State University Music” at 7:30 p.m., April 18 at Congregation Mickve Israel on Monterey Square. The concert features award-winning KSU faculty musicians Robert Henry and Charae Krueger with student musicians Angela Anzai and Adam von Housen. This is the first time the Speakers Series has presented a concert.

The event is being coordinated by Savannah resident Richard Berkowitz, a longtime supporter of the KSU School of Music, located in Metro Atlanta.

“Richard Berkowitz is a dear, dear friend,” says Joseph Meeks, dean of the KSU College of the Arts. “It is an honor for the School of Music to be invited to perform in the JEA Speakers Series in Savannah. I think the audience will be very excited about the program.”

The concert program features works by Fritz Kreisler, Eugene Ysaye, Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt and Antonin Dvorak.

Pianist Robert Henry, a graduate of Kennesaw State with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, has won several international piano competitions, including the Seiler International Piano Competition in Germany and the Leeds International Piano Competition in England.

Charae Krueger is the principal cellist of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. She also performs with a number of chamber ensembles. She studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and has an Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music.

First-year student Angela Anzai has won numerous state and local piano awards, including first prizes from the Georgia Music Educators Association and at the Georgia Bach Competition. She also plays violin.

Sophomore Adam Von Housen began playing violin at age 10. He is the co-concertmaster of the KSU Orchestra. In high school, he performed with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Georgia All-State Orchestra.

The piano for the April 18 concert is being provided by the Steinway Piano Galleries of Atlanta.

Tickets for the event are $10 with discounts for JEA members; active military and students are free.

The School of Music at Kennesaw State University is an All-Steinway School and it is nationally accredited by the National Association of the Schools of Music. It offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and the Bachelor of Music degree in performance and in music education. For more information about the KSU School of Music, visit


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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.



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