Posting Date: April 5, 2011

College of the Arts presented "Synergy" at CEPAC
Annual event for schoolchildren highlights KSU arts programs

By Cheryl Anderson Brown


(Above) Members of the KSU Dance Company received high fives from audience members after the show.

(Below) Members of the KSU Wind Ensemble lined up for the "paparazzi."


Photo by Cheryl Anderson Brown

Children from 33 schools across the region and far as far away as Tennessee converged on the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on March 30 to enjoy "Synergy," a morning of arts presented by the Kennesaw State University College of the Arts. The annual event is part of CEPAC's ARTSBRIDGE programming. This is the fourth year the College of the Arts has participated.

For the 1,700+ youngsters, the event started with a slide show of artwork by KSU art majors followed by performances representing the various disciplines represented in the college. These included two compositions played by the KSU Wind Ensemble, excerpts from the KSU productions of "Melancholy Play" and "Side by Side by Sondheim," a performances by the KSU Opera Theatre and KSU Tellers, and Bill T. Jones' "D-Man in the Waters" performed by the KSU Dance Company. The program was coordinated by Ivan Pulinkala, director of the KSU Program in Dance.

"I salute Prof. Pulinkala and all of the participants for such a fine event," said Joseph Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts. "Each year, it gets better and better. This program really showcases all that the college has to offer."

ARTSBRIDGE is the education program of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation. The program collaborates with local, national, and international arts organizations to provide quality education programs for students and teachers throughout North Georgia.

During the KSU ARTSBRIDGE program, the young audience applauded, joined in the storytelling and cheered just as loudly for opera as for comedy. Afterwards, they were able to meet some of the performers in the lobby.

"It's wonderful to have CEPAC provide this programming for young people, many of whom would not have access to all of these artforms," said Samuel Grant Robinson, assistant dean for admissions and student services. "Plus, it gives our students the opportunity to perform on much larger stage for a house that seats 2,600." The largest performance space on campus, the Bailey Performance Center, accommodates slightly more than 600.

Pulinkala has already scheduled for "Synergy" to return to CEPAC next year with a brand-new line-up on March 28, 2012. For information on how to schedule a group to attend, please visit the Cobb Energy Centre web site.

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