Posting Date: March 3, 2011

KSU Wind Ensemble and Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony to play joint concert
Event features Thomas Hooten of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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KSU Wind Ensemble

KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble will perform in a shared concert with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony on March 21 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The program includes a wide variety of music and solo performances by acclaimed trumpeter Thomas Hooten and saxophonist Jan Berry Baker.

The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony will perform during the first half of the concert under the direction of Scott Stewart, director of wind studies at Emory University. The KSU Wind Ensemble will play the second half of the concert and will be conducted by David Kehler, director of bands at KSU.

Kehler says one of the highlights of the event will be Hooten’s solo performance of Alexander Arutunian’s Trumpet Concerto. Hooten is principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a KSU instructor. “Mr. Hooten is one of the finest orchestral trumpet players in the world today, and it should be a terrific performance,” Kehler says.

The concert will also include works by Aaron Copland, Michael Gandolfi, Giovanni Gabrieli and Joseph T. Spaniola. Kehler hopes the audience will appreciate the wide variety of repertoire on the program, ranging from some of the oldest music written for wind instruments to 20th century pieces. Kehler adds, “I also hope the audience will appreciate the incredible playing from one of the finest youth wind symphonies in the United States.”

The KSU Wind Ensemble was formed in 1996 and has since been regularly visited by leading professional artists, including the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet, the Detroit Chamber Winds and the Atlanta Percussion Trio.

The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony is the premiere honor wind ensemble for Atlanta-area high school students. It is composed of approximately 80 students and it performs collegiate and professional level original wind band pieces throughout the year.

Tickets for the concert are $5. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the KSU box office or call 770-423-6650.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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