Posting Date: September 10, 2010
KSU presents Wind Ensemble and Concert Band in concert
Performance to honor 100-year-old composer H. Owen Reed
By Andrea C. Kirwan
KSU Wind Ensemble
The Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will open the 2010-2011 season by honoring the 100th birthday of composer H. Owen Reed on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Reed, an American composer and author, has studied with well-known composers Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. The KSU Concert Band will be conducted by Professor of Instrumental Music Education John Culvahouse and will open the celebratory performance with Reed’s "Missouri Shindig."
Following Reed’s piece will be two student-directed pieces, "Sarabande and Polka" written by composer Malcolm Arnold, conducted by Staci Hatmaker followed by "Chorale and Shaker Dance," written by John Zdechlik, conducted by David Collins.
According to Culvahouse, the KSU music program is unique in that it allows undergraduates to conduct pieces during performances. "Providing students with hands-on experience puts them at an advantage and inevitably aids in their pursuit of a musical career upon graduating," explains Culvahouse.
The KSU Concert Band’s performance unintentionally morphed into a dance-themed performance as the three pieces feature a shindig, a polka and a chorale, and shaker dance. Despite the coincidence, Culvahouse says all three compositions are different and create a variety that will appeal to all audiences.
Associate Professor of Music David Thomas Kehler will conduct the Wind Ensemble in the second half of the performance, which will feature "Spiritual" and "La Fiesta Mexicana" by Reed, whom Kehler knew when he was a child. Additionally, KSU Concerto winner Brandon Bell, alto saxophone, will perform Concerto, Opus 26b by Paul Creston.
Admission to the performance is $5. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the KSU box office or call at 770-423-6650.