GRAMMY® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra makes debut performance at KSU

This is the fifth Guest Artists Series performance of the 2013-2014 season.

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KENNESAW, Ga. (January 15, 2014)

The Kennesaw State University School of Music welcomes the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Morgan Hall in the Bailey Performance Center on January 24, 2014. The performance will feature highly acclaimed pianist Wu Han performing Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto, and the epic orchestral work Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz. Music Director Robert Spano will conduct the orchestra’s first KSU performance in its 69-year history.

Although an Atlanta Symphony concert is a new experience for Kennesaw State, the ASO and the KSU School of Music have long enjoyed a close relationship. Twelve ASO musicians are on the KSU faculty, and ASO concertmaster David Coucheron and Robert Spano have performed at the Bailey Center this season. Last October, Spano visited KSU for a three-day residency, where he rehearsed the KSU Symphony Orchestra, hosted a question-and-answer session, and coached students in chamber music performance.

About their upcoming concert, Spano says, “one of the most exciting things about bringing the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique to Morgan Hall is how it will sound in here. This is such a beautiful hall but it’s also quite intimate. To perform such an epic, large-scale work in this space will be mind-blowing.”

The two organizations will be announcing a formal partnership in the coming weeks, further solidifying their cooperative interests in music performance, education, and outreach. David Daly, Director of Programming and Facilities for the School of Music, says, “We are absolutely honored to have an orchestra of such prominence perform on our campus. I hope this is the beginning of a long-standing collaboration with many more exciting concerts to come.”

The ASO is known for its excellent live performances, presentations, and renowned choruses, as well as an impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings. During its 32-year history with Telarc records, the ASO Orchestra and Chorus have recorded more than 100 albums; its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance. Performing more than 200 concerts each year, the Orchestra reaches over a half million people, including educational and community concerts.

This concert will be held January 24, 2014 at 8 p.m. in Morgan Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Tickets range in price from $8-$40; for more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit, 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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