The KSU School of Music welcomes world-renowned pianist Jeremy Denk

MacArthur Fellow to perform in the 2013-2014 Guest Artists Series

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KENNESAW, Ga. (November 13, 2013)

Kennesaw State University welcomes renowned, award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk for a solo recital and concerto performance with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra at Morgan Hall in the Bailey Performance Center on November 20, 2013 at 8.00 pm. Denk is well acquainted with the Atlanta music scene, having performed in the past with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and, most recently, at Spivey Hall. This concert marks his debut at Kennesaw State University.

Denk was recently named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a prestigious prize also known as the “genius” award that recognizes “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement.” According to the MacArthur Foundation, Denk is instrumental in “transforming our understanding of classical music.” A press release announcing the fellowship notes that he is “a concert pianist enlivening the musical experience for amateurs and aficionados alike through his eloquence with notes and words.”

It’s been a good year for Denk: the pianist was also named the 2014 “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America, a leading classical music publication who cited Denk’s “multifaceted artistry.” The Washington Post praised Denk for his performance of Bach's “Goldberg Variations” calling it a “revealing journey into the soul.” Denk recently released a recording of the famed “Variations” on the Nonesuch label.

Denk is not only a musician, but also a prolific writer. In his blog, Think Denk, he shares his thoughts on music, performing, and his travels, and various other topics. In 2013, the Library of Congress selected his site to be part of the historic collection of Internet materials related to the performing arts web archives. His personal and witty writings have also appeared in well-known publications like The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and on the National Public Radio Music website. In 2014, Denk will serve as Artistic Director of the Ojai Music Festival, for which he is also composing the libretto to a semi-satirical opera.

David Daly, Director of Programming and Facilities for the School of Music, talks about the uniqueness of this event: “I am excited about the prospect of having our students perform with an artist of Jeremy's caliber. Working alongside such an insightful and talented artist will be an extraordinary experience for them, and is sure to be a treat for the audience as well.”

Denk will perform a number of solo works in the first half of the evening’s program, followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra.

After receiving music degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University, he graduated with his doctorate in piano performance from the Juilliard School; he was fortunate enough to study with longtime faculty member Herbert Stessin. Denk regularly gives recitals throughout the United States, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. He is currently on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

This concert will be held November 20, 2013 at 8.00 pm in Morgan Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Tickets range in price from $8-$40; to purchase tickets, visit the KSU box office online or call 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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