Posting Date: March 19, 2011

Kennesaw State Orchestra performance to feature guest composer
Performance includes guest artist Thomas Benjamin and Soohyun Yun

By Megan Roberts


Soohyun Yun will perform with the
KSU Orchestra on April 13.


On April 13, the Kennesaw State University Orchestra will hold a concert in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The concert will include work by guest artist, Thomas Benjamin, professor of music at Peabody Conservatory, and a unique performance by Soohyun Yun, KSU assistant professor of piano.

Benjamin, winner of international composition contests and author of more than 50 published works, will be conducting an artist residency at KSU. Michael Alexander, director of orchestras at KSU, says that Benjamin's presence at the concert “is a unique chance for the orchestra to meet a composer and get his feedback during the rehearsal process.” Additionally, Yun will be performing a 19th century Piano Concerto by Schumann.

Other pieces performed will include the Prelude to Act 3 from “Lohengrin” by Wagner and Symphony No. 10 by Shostakovich. The Wagner piece is a selection from a romantic opera written in the 1850s that is most famous for the “Bridal Chorus.” Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, written 100 years after Wagner’s piece, is made up of four movements that highlight various kinds of musical techniques.

“Shostakovich’s piece is based on a response he had to criticism by Stalin about his work,” Alexander explains. This is the first time the KSU orchestra will perform a Shostakovich Symphony. Both the prelude by Wagner and the symphony by Shostakovich offer different elements to the concert.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $5. To purchase tickets and for more information, contact the KSU box office.


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