Kennesaw State University announces 2013-2014 music season

Season will feature performances by guest artists and School of Music faculty and students

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David and Julie Coucheron

Patricia Goodson and Petr Nouzovsky

Jessica Rivera (left)

photo by Ken Howard

and Kelly O'connor

photo by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Jeremy Denk

photo by Michael Wilson

Robert Spano and Wu Han

Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt

American Bass Quintet

photo by Peter Schaaf

KENNESAW, Ga. (July 17, 2013)The 2013-2014 Kennesaw State University School of Music concert season will feature a unique and eclectic mix of talented guest artists and KSU faculty and student performance groups. All of the performances will be held in Morgan Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, KSU’s world-class concert hall.


"This season includes many exciting milestone moments for KSU," explains David Daly, Director of Programming and Facilities for the School of Music. "Each concert in this series is special in its own way, and we are excited to bring these amazing artists to our campus and community."


The Guest Artist Series will feature a variety of exciting musicians bringing their talents to KSU throughout the year. "These guest artists are here not only to perform, but each of them will interact with our students in an educational capacity through coaching and mentoring activities," Daly says. "While there is always great value in having our students hear performances by great artists, the rare opportunity to work alongside these artists in one-on-one situations is simply priceless."


The Series kicks off on Monday, Sept. 16 with the award-winning sibling duo of David and Julie Coucheron, violinist and pianist, respectively. These two young artists, originally from Oslo, Norway, have forged successful international careers and have received critical acclaim as both performers and recording artists.


The Series continues on Saturday, Oct. 5 with Petr Nouzovský, cello, and Patricia Goodson, piano. Nouzovský is one of the foremost cellists of the young Czech generation and Goodson, an American pianist active throughout Europe and North America as a solo recitalist and chamber musician, will join Mr. Nouzovský for this concert. The duo will present a program titled “Degenerate Music,” featuring performances of chamber works highlighting music created by Jewish composers and influenced by Jewish culture that was banned by the Nazis before and during World War II.


On Thursday, Oct. 17, KSU will welcome Jessica Rivera, soprano; Kelly O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; and Robert Spano, piano, to the Morgan Hall stage. Rivera and O'Connor have performed frequently with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, for which Spano has served as Music Director for the past twelve seasons. The trio will come together for a special recital featuring classic operatic vocal repertoire as well as newly commissioned works.


World-renowned pianist Jeremy Denk will make his first visit to KSU on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Denk has steadily built a reputation as an unusual and compelling artist, with a broad and thought-provoking repertoire. His performance will feature both his solo repertoire as well as a unique collaboration with the KSU Symphony Orchestra.


KSU welcomes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a very special performance on Friday, Jan. 24 featuring conductor Robert Spano and pianist Wu Han. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, consistently regarded as one of America’s leading orchestras, will be joined by the equally impressive Wu Han, who is routinely ranked among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. The performance will feature Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto and Hector Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique.


The Kennesaw State Festival of New Music (KSFNM) will return from Feb. 17-21, celebrating the work of female artists with creative approaches to music making and exploring music that challenges definition and breaks barriers. The festival consists of four different concerts and will include a world-premiere performance of a new work commissioned by KSU. The 2014 KSFNM will feature guest composer Chen Yi and a performance by the KSU Wind Ensemble on Tuesday, Feb. 18; the KSU Symphony Orchestra and choruses will take the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 19; the KSU Jazz Ensembles will perform the music of Maria Schneider on Thursday, Feb. 20; and guest artists Tift Merritt, guitar, and Simone Dinnerstein, piano, will close the festival with a performance on Friday, Feb. 21.


The Guest Artist Series will conclude on Friday, March 21, with a special performance by the American Brass Quintet. Internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles and an icon in the brass world, the American Brass Quintet was recently honored as the 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contribution to the field.



Alongside its Guest Artist Series, the KSU School of Music will also present four special performances throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.


On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the KSU Chamber Singers and Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus will join the KSU Symphony Orchestra in a concert to commemorate the attacks of September 11, 2001. The performance will include Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Brittten by Arvo Pärt and blue cathedral by Jennifer Higdon.


On Monday, Oct. 14, the Duke University Wind Ensemble will share a concert with the KSU Wind Ensemble. The concert will include Ecstatic Fanfare and Solace by Steven Bryant, who will be in attendance at the concert, and Joseph Schwantner's haunting ...and the mountains rising nowhere.


On Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, guests Tim Whalen, Jamie Ryan, Trey Wright and Marc Miller will join the KSU Symphony Orchestra for an evening of music from the legendary rock band, The Who. The unique experience will combine the power of a rock band with a full symphony orchestra, and proceeds from the event will support the Maddie Borders Proctor Scholarship for KSU music students.


The final of these special presentations will be the School of Music’s annual Collage Concert held on Saturday, Feb. 8. A signature event for the School of Music, the concert will showcase faculty soloists and student ensembles in a fast-paced blend of vignette performances, spanning an assortment of musical styles and instrumentation.


Tickets for all performances will be available at 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 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.




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