KSU’s School of Music presents the KSU Percussion Ensemble
Concert will close out the Scholarship Series 2012-2103 season
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KENNESAW, Ga. (April 24, 2013) —
Kennesaw State University’s School of Music will unite for an evening of exhilarating music and unparalleled collaboration on Monday, April 29th, at 8 p.m. for the final concert of the 2012-2013 Scholarship Series in the Morgan Hall of the Bailey Performance Center. The concert will feature the KSU Percussion Ensemble and will illustrate the diverse range and complexity of the school’s talented faculty and students. The recital will also feature special guest and master drummer John Wesley Dankwa, a visiting professor from Ghana.
Michael Alexander, KSU director of orchestras and interim director of the School of Music, explains that, “the audience will get to experience the amazing diversity of sounds possible from a percussion ensemble, and feel the energy of the students and their director, John Lawless.”
John Lawless, KSU instructor of percussion studies and director of the performance, says that, “as with any percussion ensemble concert, the audience will be immersed in the diverse sounds of the percussion family. They will hear the softest and the loudest sounds, and literally everything in between.”
The first half of the electrifying performance will be a slightly traditional percussion ensemble. The second half of the recital, however, will include traditional rhythms from Ghana on authentic instruments, led by Dankwa. In order to prepare for such a captivating performance, Lawless explains, “we rehearse two times per week, and started preparing for this concert in January.”
The reason this concert stands out, according to Lawless, is “because of Dankwa’s presence. We have had the pleasure of working with Professor Dankwa for this entire semester, and it has been so wonderful for all of us!”
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.