Posting Date: April 1, 2011
KSU Community and Alumni Choir presents spring concert
Concert theme, "OMG," features oratorios, madrigals and gospel music
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Community and Alumni Choir will present its Spring Concert on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Leslie Blackwell, KSU associate professor of music and music education, is the artistic director of the KSU Community and Alumni Choir. According to Blackwell, the theme of this year’s performance is “OMG,” which stands for oratorios, madrigals and gospel music.
The concert is divided into three sections. The first section is oratorios and features works by composers Felix Mendelssohn, Joseph Haydn and George Handel. The second section consists of madrigals from the Renaissance and 20th century, and the third section is all gospel music, including featured soloist Debra Crampton. Blackwell says that the audience will be treated to an outstanding evening of music that should not be missed and is even planning a surprise musical number.
The KSUCAC was created in 2007 and has 80 volunteer members comprised of the KSU community and beyond, including alumni, students, community members and KSU faculty and staff that Blackwell describes as “a wonderful conglomerate of people who are just wonderful to work with.” The choir is open to anyone who would like to join. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7-9 p.m. and the new season begins on Sept. 12.
According to Blackwell, the KSUCAC provides a musical experience for its members that will continue after they leave KSU. “We have lifelong learners of singers and music, and part of our mission is to continue that lifelong learning process.”
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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.