Posting Date: June 14, 2012

Kennesaw State announces the 2012-2013 Premiere Series
Series showcases musicians from around the world

For media inquiries: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Director of Public Relations,
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Alfredo Rodriguez
The Aspen String Trio
So Percussion
David Lang
Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner

KENNESAW, Ga.—The Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center presents the 2012-2013 Premiere Series, the flagship concert series of the Kennesaw State University College of the Arts. Now entering its 19th season, the Premiere Series consistently showcases the finest performers in a setting inclusive of artistic and educational opportunities.

The series begins on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at 8 p.m. with Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez. The young musician is described as a powerhouse pianist with a touch of mischievous showmanship. Rodriguez grew up in a musical family and has been playing the piano since he was 10. In 2006, Rodriguez was discovered by legendary producer and composer Quincy Jones and his career has taken off since then. He has performed at jazz festivals around the world, including SXSW Music Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, as well as shared the stage with renowned performers such as Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.

The Aspen String Trio will take the stage on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at 8 p.m. The trio consists of violist Victoria Chiang, cellist Michael Mermagen and violinist David Perry. These three world-class instrumentalists have performed across the globe and offer virtuoso performances of the rich string trio repertoire, including works by Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert as well as lesser-known compositions. The trio are committed teachers as well as performers and are well known for their pedagogy and connection with students in a variety of settings.

On Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at 8 p.m. the new music ensemble So Percussion will perform. The Brooklyn-based quartet includes Adam Sliwinski, Josh Quillen,

Eric Beach and Jason Treuting, who met while students at the Yale School of Music. Since first forming in 1999, So Percussion has been creating music that explores all the extremes of emotion and musical possibility and has been described as an astonishing and entrancing experimental powerhouse.


They have performed at prestigious venues throughout the United States, including Carnegie Hall and the Cleveland Museum of Art, and recent European tours have brought them international acclaim as well. The ensemble are featured artists for the second Kennesaw Festival of New Music, which will highlight the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Lang will also be in residence for the festival, which will include performances by KSU students and faculty.

Closing out the series, the violin and piano duo of Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner will perform on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 8 p.m. Violinist Jennifer Koh is known for her intense and commanding performances, which are delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras, from traditional to contemporary. Pianist Shai Wosner has garnered international recognition for his artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. Koh and Wosner have toured extensively both as individual artists and as a duo and have performed with many orchestras throughout the world.

Tickets for each performance are $25. For more information, contact the KSU box office online or at 770-423-6650.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 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 more than student population of 24,100 from 130 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.


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