Posting Date: April 7, 2011
Renowned composer conducting residency at KSU
Thomas Benjamin participates in lectures, master class and more
By Megan Roberts
Starting April 11, distinguished composer Thomas Benjamin is conducting a residency at the Kennesaw State University School of Music. Benjamin, a professor of music at Peabody Conservatory, has published more than 50 original works and is a respected authority in the field of composition and theory. As part of the residency, there will be two performances of Benjamin’s work. The first is a free concert on April 12 at 8 p.m. by the KSU Mixed Chamber Ensembles. The second is the KSU Orchestra on April 13 at 8 p.m. Both concerts will be held in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
The Mixed Chamber Ensembles will perform two works by Benjamin. The first work, titled “Capriccio,” is a flute quintet. The other piece is called “say i am you,” and is for voice, flute and piano. The KSU Orchestra will perform “Latino Sketches” at the April 13 concert.
Benjamin is also giving guest lectures, teaching a master class and working with students on an individual basis. His lectures will take place on two different days. The lecture on April 11 at 1 p.m. is open to all students and is an introduction to musical analysis and the interpretive aspect of performing. His second lecture will be on April 13 at 1 p.m. and is a more specialized lecture on Schenkerian analysis.
The master class is April 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Wilson Building Room 103 and is on composing music as well as what composers do with their work and various promotion strategies. Anyone is welcome to attend the master class.
Residency programs are a way to bring in professionals from outside the university to serve as mentors and help enrich learning material. Laurence Sherr, composer-in-residence and associate professor of music, is excited about Benjamin’s residency at KSU. “Seeing the way he approaches teaching will be quite edifying,” Sherr says. “He is a brilliant person.”