Posting Date: July 5, 2012

Kennesaw State announces the 2012-2013 Scholarship Series

Concert series will benefit scholarships for KSU music students

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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University School of Music presents the line-up

for the 2012-2013 Scholarship Series. This year the series will feature KSU students and faculty member performers exclusively. All ticket proceeds from the series directly fund scholarships for music students. “These performances will allow audiences to see the high level of quality,” says Harry Price, director of the School of Music. All concerts will take place at 8 p.m. in Morgan Hall in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.

The series begins on Thursday, Sept. 6 with the KSU Faculty Showcase, featuring many faculty members from the School of Music. “The program will consist of a number of unusual and exciting pieces ranging from solo works to octets. This will be a great opportunity to listen to a wide variety of chamber music in the wonderful acoustic of the newly named Morgan Hall,” says John Warren, assistant professor of clarinet and director of the performance.

KSU Women's Chorus

KSU Symphony Orchestra

2012 School of Music Collage Concert

Helen Kim

Ring in the holiday celebrations early with the next performance in the series, the KSU Choral Ensembles holiday concert, titled “Home for the Holidays,” on Thursday, Nov. 29 and directed by Leslie Blackwell, associate professor, and Alison Mann, assistant professor. Audiences can expect “traditional favorites and holiday classics featuring the music of Gjeilo, Brahms, Biebl, Szymko, Nunez and Handel,” says Blackwell.

The show will include performances by KSU Chamber Singers, Chorale, Women's Chorus and Men's Ensemble. The line-up will include selections such as “Ave Maria” by Johannes Brahms and excerpts from Handel's “Messiah.”

On Thursday, Jan. 10 the KSU Symphony Orchestra will put on a special concert of Peter Gabriel's symphonic arrangements from the “New Blood” album.  The music is “really powerful and creative and will appeal to fans of Peter Gabriel and beyond,” says Michael Alexander, KSU director of orchestras. Audiences can expect to hear performances of hits like “In Your Eyes.”

KSU faculty and students will take the stage on Saturday, Feb. 2 for the annual School of Music Collage Concert, featuring all the major ensembles in the School of Music. The concert will feature an hour and a half of fast-paced music from a variety of genres and musical styles, “highlighting the incredible talent and versatility of the music students and faculty,” says Price.

The next performance in the series will feature Helen Kim, associate professor of violin, performing on Monday, March 18. Kim will perform works covering a range of pieces from the Classical period (Mozart), Romantic Impressionism (Franck), along with some virtuoso works of Pablo de Sarasate and Manuel de Falla. This recital will also feature pianist Sakiko Ohashi from Bard College in New York. Kim and Ohashi studied at the Juilliard School and performed recitals nationwide together.

“We have a special friendship that I think the audience will be able to hear and appreciate at our recital. It is rare to find someone to collaborate with that you do not have to verbally explain every musical idea to. In fact, we rarely speak when we rehearse. This allows us a different freedom with the music,” explains Kim.

On Monday, April 29, the final performance of the series culminates in a cultural experience with a Ghanaian-inspired performance by the KSU Percussion Ensemble and visiting Ghanaian professor John Wesley Danquah. Using traditional Ghanaian drums to present the unique rhythm of Africa, audiences can expect a performance that includes “out of the box rhythms,” says John Lawless, KSU instructor of percussion studies and director of the performance. Audiences will also experience African dancing and singing in addition to the percussion performance.

Tickets for each performance are $15. Discounts are available for KSU personnel, seniors, military, and groups. For more information about the concert series, 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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