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KSU Celebrates Independence Day with 8th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular

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8th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular
Concert and Fireworks Show

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On Sunday, June 28, 2015, Kennesaw State University celebrated Independence Day by hosting the 8th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular Concert and Fireworks Show! In addition to many fun pre-show activities, the event featured the inagural performance by the KSU Summer Orchestra and Singers followed by an exciting fireworks finale. Don’t miss next year’s event on Saturday, June 25, 2016!

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Dance, Dance, Dance! KSU Magazine story on Dance

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Dance, Dance, Dance!



By Robert S. Godlewski

In just 10 years, dance at Kennesaw State’s has made a move into the limelight – from a fledgling program with just a few students into one of the most popular training grounds in the state. From the beginning, founding director Ivan Pulinkala saw the potential popularity of dance as growing beyond a minor course of study.

“We had hoped to be able to find 15 minors in the first year‚” Pulinkala said at the time. “By mid−September‚ we already had 44.” By December of that year, the program had already broadened its reach to the international stage. Several dancers flew to Shanghai for a special performance of “The Monkey King,” which Pulinkala choreographed, based on a well-known Chinese story written during the Ming Dynasty.

Today, Pulinkala serves as chair of the Department of Dance, which offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and comprises the largest collegiate program in the state with more than 100 students majoring in dance.

That growth caused the need for expanded facilities, and in 2010 the department moved into new state-of the-art space at Chastain Pointe across from the main campus. A recent expansion has resulted in three studios, two of which are larger than any other dance studio in metro Atlanta.

Examples of the program’s status as an influential player in the Georgia dance scene have come among the many groundbreaking performances emerging from the Kennesaw State stage.

This past fall, the department mounted an ambitious dance performance featuring the works of several professors as well as Israeli guest choreographer and dancer Ido Tadmor, the artistic director of the Israeli Ballet. Almost 50 members of the KSU Dance Company, supported by a behind-the-scenes complement of more than a dozen technicians and crew, danced five works at the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater to near sell-out crowds for all six shows. Pyromania, a work created by Pulinkala, used special effects to realistically simulate fire on stage, even depicting the lead character on fire. “I was inspired by research on the psychology of a pyromaniac,” Pulinkala said of the experimental piece. “The choreography uses the subject matter metaphorically to investigate conditions of obsession, addiction and destructiveness that are part of every human experience.”

Will VanMeter, a first-year student, danced the title role and was a crowd favorite, judging by the applause he received. “I am studying to become a professional dancer in a contemporary ballet company,” VanMeter said. “I have found the artistry and passion here that are helping me to become a professional dancer.” Another standout work, Tadmor’s Black Morning, commissioned in partnership with the Consulate of Israel in Atlanta, presented a psychological study of grief but also of the triumph of the human soul in overcoming loss.

A decade ago, works such as these may not have found a home on the Kennesaw State stage. Edgy performances, combined with a growing reputation for excellence in teaching, has helped attract professional dancers and choreographers like Assistant Professor Daniel Gwirtzman to the faculty. The founder of the New York-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, he moved to Kennesaw in fall 2014 to be a part of the nation’s fastest growing dance program.

For his explosive/abstract piece “Volcano,” the choreographer selected senior dancer Alexandra Mjoll Gudbergsdottir, to be in the company. A native of Iceland, the dance major is well regarded among her fellow KSU Dance Company artists.

“Modern dance is absolutely my favorite because it is never the same,” said Gudbergsdottir, who plans to open a dance studio/school in Iceland. “The freedom and variety gives you the space to constantly grow as a dancer, and that is the true beauty of dance.”

The department trains performers, teachers and choreographers in its three concentrations of ballet, modern/contemporary and jazz, which are taught by regionally and nationally accomplished faculty and guest artists.

Dance students gain experience in all aspects of performance and production, including scenic, lighting and costume design, and execution. They also benefit from partnerships with Atlanta Ballet, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Dance Canvas, gloATL and the Rialto Center for the Arts.

While only a few will become professional dancers, many will become accomplished teachers and all will gain an enduring appreciation for what it takes to dance.

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School of Music Announces 2015-16 Season Subscription Packages

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Click here to purchase your 2015-16 subscription package.

The School of Music is pleased to announce two subscription packages available to our patrons for the 2015-16 season. Purchasing a subscription package is the best way to enjoy a full season of exciting programming at the best price for the best seats, plus additional benefits throughout the season.

Signature Series Subscription Package - $250 BUY NOW
Includes performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The Atlanta Opera, plus the School of Music Collage Concert and the Proctor Scholarship Concert.

School of Music Subscription Package - $120 BUY NOW
Includes the School of Music Collage Concert and the Proctor Scholarship Concert, plus four additional School of Music concerts of your choice.

Subscriber Benefits:
In addition to receiving a full season of exciting programming at the best price for the best seats, subscribers also receive these exclusive benefits throughout the season:
• Exclusive, early access to purchase tickets and access to our best seats until June 30, 2015
• Unlimited ticket exchanges for events that you are unable to attend
• Special subscriber discount on additional tickets purchased for any School of Music event
• Exclusive opportunity to purchase advance tickets for special performances and events announced throughout the season
• Invitation to special subscriber events, including artist interactions such as master classes, lectures, and meet and greets
• Receive “buddy pass” ticket(s) to bring guest(s) to a concert of your choice

To purchase a subscription package, click here. If you have any questions or would like to order your subscription package over the phone, please call the College of the Arts Box Office at 470-578-6650.



KSU Sculpture Students Participate in Sloss Furnaces 2015...


Professors Maria Sarmiento and Ayokunle Odeleye help setup the work area.


Sculpture student William Darnell, KSU Sculpture Studio Technician Page Burch and sculpture student Evelyn Fagiola


Sculpture students William Darnell and Evelyn Fagiola designed and fabricated the 2015 Cupola representing KSU.


KSU Students participating in the Cupola contest.


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KSU Sculpture Students Participate in Sloss Furnaces 2015 National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron in Birmingham Alabama

KSU sculpture majors William Darnell and Evelyn Fagiola spent weeks in the sculpture studio designing and fabricating a metal casting furnace called a Cupola for participation in the March 26th student Cupola contest at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham Alabama. It was only the second time KSU sculpture students have operated a furnace at the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron, which is held every other year, and the first time they built a furnace for the student contest in which they received a participation award. They were guided through the design and furnace fabrication process with the assistance of KSU Staff Technician and Sculptor Page Burch. Other KSU students who assisted on the iron pour crew at the conference were Taylor Evans, Rainey Rawles, Brian Jones and Rachel Hansen. Faculty members Ayokunle Odeleye, Keith Smith and Maria Sarmiento were on hand to support the students.

Four years earlier in 2011 was the first time sculpture students participated in the conference representing KSU along with students from twenty other universities and colleges from around the nation. That year KSU Professors Ayokunle Odeleye, Etienne Jackson and Staff Technician/ Sculptor Page Burch trained and guided eleven KSU females and one male in a Sloss conference iron pour event using an art department furnace designed and built by Page Burch. The pouring of iron as a metal casting method was introduced into the KSU sculpture curriculum in 2007 along with the initiation of a student sculpture club created by professors Ayokunle Odeleye and Maria Sarmiento. The introduction of pouring iron, which is a type of performance based sculptural activity, along with the establishment of the sculpture club constituted faculty strategies designed to grow sculpture majors in the art department.

Professors Odeleye and Sarmiento took two KSU students to the Sloss National Conference on Cast Iron for the first time in 2009. The experience greatly enhanced student interest in the conference and iron pouring as one of a variety of metal casting processes and media available to sculpture students at KSU.



TPS students visit Selma

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In 2014-15, TPS faculty member and playwright Margaret Baldwin collaborated with Arts Revive in Selma, Alabama to bring a staged reading of her civil rights play Night Blooms to Selma on March 26, 2015. Part of a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches from Selma to Montgomery, the performance took place in a theatre where the actors and audience were surrounded by Spider Martin’s iconic photographs of the historic marches. TPS faculty member Karen Robinson served as director, and the cast and crew included two faculty members (Margaret Baldwin and Jan Wikstrom), five students, and one TPS alumnus. The production team was able to walk on the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge where the marches began during their visit.



Great Gig Dance Co. Takes Top Honors at KSU Dance Festival

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The KSU Department of Dance hosted the second annual KSU Dance Festival on April 17-19th, 2015. The Festival, open to high school-age students from areas schools and dance studios, featured master classes taught by KSU faculty and guest artists, adjudicated performances, teacher workshops, and professional performances. 

A panel of national adjudicators selected GREAT GIG DANCE COMPANY for their work and festival recognition, based on artistic and technical merit. Participants also danced in a flash mob at the KSU Arts Festival, then gave two evening performances at the Stillwell Theatre.

Below, Great Gig Dance Company took top honors at the KSU Dance Festival. 

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KSU TPS teams up with Paderborn University

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KSU’s multi-year intercultural collaboration with Paderborn University in Germany continued in 2015 when a team of eight Paderborn students and two faculty traveled to Kennesaw State University for a residency during the first week of March.

During that time they collaborated with TPS and German Studies students from KSU to create a performance inspired by the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. Part time TPS Assistant Professor Pamela Joyce led the students in improvisatory voice, movement, and text workshops where the students explored the play in relation to their identities as Americans and Germans. The workshops culminated in an original performance that collaged excerpts from the play with original dialogue. During the residency, the German team attended TPS’s New Works and Ideas Festival, visited classes and toured cultural sites in Atlanta.



Senior Art Exhibition IV Opening Reception April 22, 2015

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Spring Capstone Exhibition IV:

Zuckerman Museum of Art | Fine Arts Gallery | Joe Mack Wilson Building

Opening Reception: April 22, 2015 | 5-8pm

April 21-May 2, 2015

Leah Clemons
Brad Dalton
Keenan Guyton
Felicia Ibrahimi
Cody King
Annette Lucov
Sydney Privitera
Rainey Rawles

The Spring Capstone Exhibition III was held March 31-April 18, 2015 featuring the artwork of:

Lauren Bishop
Lydia Day
Maggie Dunn
Tara Hemelgarn
Justin Knight
Manami Lingerfelt
Christopher McDoniel
Corey Singletary

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The photo above features reptile sculpture by Maggie Dunn, Painting by Manami Lingerfelt, photography by Lauren Bishop, and painting by Corey Singletary.

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Ceramics by Justin Knight

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Painting by Lydia Day

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Ceramic sculpture by Maggie Dunn



Dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer visits Kennesaw State University Department of Dance

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A Conversation with Elizabeth Zimmer: Dance Writing in a Digital Age
Dance critic offers insights, tips, and advice on how to write for dance

Kennesaw, GA (Mar. 26, 2015)––Kennesaw State University’s Departmentof Dance hosted dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer in a conversation on writing about dance in the digital age. In partnership with online arts publication ArtsATL.com, The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, and Kennesaw State University Department of Dance, the acclaimed New York writer led the discussion on Thursday, April 16. The lounge-type conversation focused on questions and observations about writing for dance in today’s digital world. Zimmer, a writer and critic for The Village Voice and New York Live Arts, said, “We will pay attention to the relationship between writing and dance, and contemplate ways to engage the public with an art form that is evanescent, sometimes mysterious, and similarly endangered.”

Ivan Pulinkala, Chair of the Department of Dance, said, “I am grateful to Catherine Fox at ArtsATL.com and Leslie Gordon at the Rialto at GSU for collaborating with us to share Elizabeth’s expertise with the Atlanta dance community by way of this public conversation.”

“This public conversation will foster a discourse about dance writing and its critical value to the success of all presenting organizations like the Rialto,” said Leslie Gordon at the Rialto at GSU.

The evening’s discussion will address the state of criticism and its synergistic relationship with education and performance. Fox said, “It should interest those who practice or enjoy any form of art.”

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About Elizabeth Zimmer: Elizabeth Zimmer writes about dance, theater, and books for The Village Voice, Dance Studio Life and other publications, edits manuscripts for dance authors and others, and teaches writing at Hollins University, among other places. She served as dance editor of The Village Voice from 1992 until 2006, and reviewed ballet for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1997 through 2005. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Bennington College and an M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook, and has studied many forms of dance, especially contact improvisation with its founders.

About ArtsATL: ArtsATL, an online publication, provides comprehensive coverage of the arts in metro Atlanta. A pioneer in digital, non-profit arts journalism, ArtsATL seeks to educate and inform readers and to provide a bridge between the local art scene and its potential patrons.

About The Rialto Center for the Arts: The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is home to the Rialto Series, featuring the best of national and international jazz, world music and dance; and Georgia State’s School of Music performances; as well as the downtown go-to venue for other arts organizations’ performances, visiting companies and independent film screenings.



Atlanta Symphony and Kennesaw State Formalize Partnership for 2015-2016

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Partnership will include on-campus performances, master classes by Atlanta Symphony and guest artists

Kennesaw, GA (Mar. 20, 2015)––Kennesaw State University’s School of Music and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) have formalized an ongoing partnership for the 2015-16 season, which will include on-campus performances and master classes by the Atlanta Symphony and guest artists, plus additional activities to be announced. The two organizations have worked together to present ASO concerts at KSU since 2014, but the recently signed letter of intent to formalize the agreement marks a major step towards affirming their mutual interests in music performance, education and outreach.

“The School of Music is thrilled to once again bring the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to our campus,” said Michael Alexander, Interim Director of the School of Music. “This is a mutually beneficial collaboration between our organizations, and we are thrilled to continue these worthwhile educational endeavors.”

As they did during the 2014-15 season, the ASO will perform three classical concerts in Morgan Hall during the School of Music’s 2015-16 season. New for the upcoming season will be the addition of a Holiday POPS! concert in December.

In addition to these performances, musicians of the ASO and guest artists will visit KSU to conduct master classes with students. Similar visits in the past have included a three-day residency with music director Robert Spano and master classes by acclaimed violinist Midori and guitarist Miloš Karadaglić. Additional initiatives will include the continuation of KSU student participation in ASO outreach performances, collaborations with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and connections between KSU Music Education students and the ASO’s own educational efforts.

“Music education is a fundamental element of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s mission and we are excited to strenghen our partnership with Kennesaw State University,” said Terry Neal, Interim President and CEO, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. “Programs like these build the broader culture of music in the community and foster a greater love and appreciation for classical music.”

Patty Poulter, Dean of the College of the Arts, said, “Engaged collaborations with world-class artists and arts organizations inspire us, and the opportunity for our students to learn from the professionals of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is invaluable.”

For more information about the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, please visit www.atlantasymphony.org.



Music of Resistance and Survival: Holocaust Remembrance Concert held 3/23 at The Temple

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Kennesaw State University’s School of Music presented “Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert” on Monday, Mar. 23, at The Temple in Atlanta. The free musical program included partisan,ghetto, and concentration camp songs, piano trios by Mendelssohn and Korngold, and the “Sonata for Cello and Piano­­–Mir zaynen do!” a new work written by Laurence Sherr, composer-in-residence at Kennesaw State, and inspired by poetry and music of the times.

Sherr said, “There is a compelling story associated with each composer/work. With the performance of these works, and with our spoken and written words about them, we plan to communicate these overlapping stories as an affirmation of resistance and survival, of bringing to life––and to light––music and a culture that was slated for extermination.”

For example, Austrian Jewish composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold was fortuitously in Hollywood preparing his Academy Award-winning score for “Robin Hood” at the time of the 1938 Anschluss. Poet Hersh Glik wrote his poetry of resistance in the Vilna ghetto. His “Zog Nit Keynmol,” written after he received news of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, spread to ghettos and camps throughout Europe, and is still heard today at contemporary remembrance events. His poetry survived, even though he did not.

Czech Jewish poet Ilse Weber’s beautiful lullaby “Wiegala” was created while she was captive in the Theresienstadt ghetto/camp. She and her son were deported to Auschwitz, where they perished.

These stories and others will be honored with performances by the Summit Piano Trio, including Charae Kreuger, cello; Robert Henry, piano, and Helen Kim, violin. Cantors Deborah Hartman and Nancy Kassel and pianist Judy Cole will also perform as they bring the music and culture to life.

The Holocaust Remembrance Concert is the final concert of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. Russell Gottschalk, director of the Festival, said, “The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is thrilled to include the Holocaust Remembrance Concert as part of our 6th Annual Spring Festival. We are proud to present all types of Jewish music from all genres, from all across the world, and this concert will be a fantastic finale to our Festival.”

Two exhibits will be presented: “Never Forget: An Introduction to the Holocaust,” and “Georgia’s Response to the Holocaust.” An educational event for middle and high school students is also planned for the morning. Led by the Kennesaw State School of Music, the event is produced by The Temple, Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Kennesaw State Museum of History and Holocaust Education, and the Breman Museum

The exhibits open at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 8 p.m. and a small reception will follow. The event is free with registration. Click here to register or call 470-578-3214.

Photo: Yehuda Bielski, far right, 1937, later led partisan fighters. Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Yehuda and Lola Bell; Collection Leslie Bell.



First Annual Dance on the Green Has Record Turnout

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The KSU Department of Dance held the first ever University-wide Dance on the Green on Wednesday, April 1st, and over 100 people danced on the Green on the picture-perfect day. Designed for the entire KSU community, Dance on the Green featured Dance faculty members teaching simple, easy-to-learn, fun dances. Professor Gwirtzman of the Department of Dance said, “Dance can play a part in your life. It’s interactive, accessible, and fun..and anyone may learn.”

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ARED presentation at the Georgia Research on Teaching and Learning Summit

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Students and faculty from The School of Art and Design’s Art Research and Education program (ARED) recently presented on the Geometric Aljamia project at the Georgia Research on Teaching and Learning Summit. ARED Undergraduate students Meg Bolton and Jocelyn Rease joined Dr. Sandra Bird, Professor of Art Education, for a descriptive account of the extended service learning project taught at Pine Mountain Middle School in Fall 2014. One of the participants, Dr. Mary Garner, Professor of Math Education, playing a matching game based on niche designs from the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat, Oman.

Below, Dr. Mary Garner and her matching game based on designs from Oman.

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Below, students Jocelyn Rease (left) and Meg Bolton (right) present at the Georgia Research on Teaching and Learning Summit.

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Below, Dr. Sandra Bird confers with student Jocelyn Rease.

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UR Radnocular: April 17, 12:30 p.m., WB 119

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What, you may wonder, is UR RADNOCULAR? Here’s the translation: UR (for Undergraduate Research or text abbreviation for you are) RADNOCULAR, or the state of being extremely cool to an almost supernatural level. RADNOCULAR may also mean something unbelievably fantastic until seen, or almost impossible yet awesome.

Mark your calendars for the next event featuring the School of Music on Friday April 17 at 12:30 p.m. in WB119.

Speakers for this event include:
Doug Lindsey on studio work and trumpet pedagogy
Jana Young on recital program research
Ed Eanes’ students on historical research
Jeff Yunek and Russian music
Harry Price on virtual reality

Two more events in September and October will finish the series, followed by a COTA Undergraduate Research Symposium in early November, 2015.

COTA U.R. Radnocular from Kennesaw State on Vimeo



George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man: March 17-22 at the Stillwell Theater

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Don’t miss “Arms and the Man” by George Bernard Shaw, and directed by Harrison Long, March 17-22 at the Stillwell Theater at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. Captain Bluntschli, a Swiss mercenary on the run, sneaks into a young woman’s boudoir. Not to worry: this unlikely hero has shed his weapons in favor of chocolate creams. One of Shaw’s most popular romantic comedies, this play has never seemed more relevant, nor more hilarious.

Tickets are $5 to $20 and may be purchased here.

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UR RADNOCULAR: April 17, 12:30 p.m., WB119

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What, you may wonder, is UR RADNOCULAR? Here’s the translation: UR (for Undergraduate Research or text abbreviation for you are) RADNOCULAR, or the state of being extremely cool to an almost supernatural level. RADNOCULAR may also mean something unbelievably fantastic until seen, or almost impossible yet awesome.  

Mark your calendars for the next event: School of Music RADNOCULAR on Friday April 17 at 12:30. Two more events in September and October will finish the series, followed by a COTA Undergraduate Research Symposium in early November, 2015.

“RADNOCULAR: The Sampler,” was held on Friday February 13. Each of the four COTA units presented six minutes of a significant undergraduate research project. RADNOCULAR: The Sampler featured: • “Cultivating Creativity in the Trumpet Studio” by Doug Lindsey and a student • “Zuckerman Art Studies in Choreography” cross-disciplinary project by Daniel Gwirtzman and students • “Origins” by students Maggie Dunn, Lydia Day, and Professor Don Robson • “Two Trees Far Apart” by Charlie Parrott and student(s). The March 13 Radnocular featured presenters from the School of Art and Design.


COTA U.R. Radnocular from Kennesaw State on Vimeo.



Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Plays to Record Crowds at Kennesaw State

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As part of the 2014-15 Signature Series, the School of Music welcomed the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Morgan Hall for the last of three performance at KSU this season. The ASO was joined by classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić and guest conductor Jacomo Rafael Bairos.

With his electrifying performance style, Miloš and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed Rodrigo’s second concerto for guitar and orchestra, originally written for the grand master of classical guitar himself, Segovia. Guest conductor Jacomo Bairos led the Orchestra in two homages to art: Mussorgsky’s piece inspired by the art created by his dear friend Viktor Hartmann, and Falla’s love letter to Spanish music.

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Falla: Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2

Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre

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Opera star Sherrill Milnes visits Kennesaw State for lecture and master class

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World-renowned opera performer Sherrill Milnes visited Kennesaw State University on Friday, February 27, 2015 for a public lecture presentation and a master class with KSU School of Music vocal students. This exciting opportunity was possible due to the School of Music’s ongoing partnership with The Atlanta Opera, a goal of which is to bring world-class talent to campus to interact with current music students in educational and performance settings.

In his public lecture presentation, Milnes shared insights into his life and extensive career. Following the lecture presentation was be a master class for students. Milnes instructed vocal students on a piece of prepared repertoire to improve technique, expression, and other aspects of operatic performance. Milnes’s appearance is part of The Atlanta Opera’s celebration of 35 years of live performances. The Atlanta Opera opened its inaugural season at the Fox Theatre on March 14, 1980 with the first of two performances of The Seagull, by Thomas Pasatieri and based on Anton Chekhov’s 1896 play of the same name. Milnes closed the season with a recital that included some of his most famous work.

Widely regarded as being the foremost operatic baritone of his generation, Milnes is the most recorded American opera singer of his time. He boasts a repertoire of over 70 operas with a distinct performance style marked by his powerful voice, commanding stage presence, and rugged handsomeness. He has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages including performances with the major American and European orchestras and has also performed for the past six U.S. presidents.

In addition to his vast on-stage experience, Milnes has also devoted extensive time to teaching and working with young singers. His academic experience includes 14 years on the Yale School of Music faculty and frequent master classes. He founded the Sherrill Milnes VOICExperience, a non-profit foundation designed to train and mentor young singers through concerts, fully staged operas, educational presentations, and community outreach.

About The Atlanta Opera: Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. By producing live, mainstage performances of the highest quality and impactful community engagement experiences, The Atlanta Opera enriches lives through the power of opera. The Opera strives to attract the finest international, national, and regional singers, conductors, stage directors, and designers. Each season, The Atlanta Opera presents three productions at the Cobb Energy Centre, drawing audiences from the entire metropolitan Atlanta area as well as from the Southeast region.

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Internationally-acclaimed Violinist Midori Visits Kennesaw State

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Internationally-acclaimed violinist Midori visited the Kennesaw State University School of Music today to give a master class for School of Music students. Today’s master class featured three current undergraduate violin students who prepared pieces of standard repertoire and received instruction and demonstration from Midori on how to improve their performance. Widely regarded as one of today’s greatest violinists, Midori gave her debut performance with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 11 and has since developed an extraordinary career as performer, educator, and community engagement activist. Midori is currently visiting Atlanta for a series of concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on February 19 and 21. This exciting opportunity is possible due to an ongoing partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a goal of which is to bring world-class talent to campus to interact with current music students in educational and performance settings.

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New Works and Ideas: Lewis & Clark, The Scarlet Letter, and Once Upon a Time, March 2-7.

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Join us for an amazing week of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State!

Start off with “Lewis and Clark: the Road to the Pacific” at the Stillwell Theatre March 2-3, at 8 p.m. This FREE production is by Sean Daniels, Matt Horgan, and Tim Stoltenberg, with music by David Keeton and is directed by Jamie Bullins. Follow Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea as they cheat, swindle, lie, and sing their way along the rip-roaring Road to the Pacific! A staged reading. 

Next, enjoy “The Scarlet Letter” at the Onyx Theater March 4-6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $5 and allow you to enjoy this famous story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Adapted and directed by John Gentile, this staged reading of a new adaption of Hawthorne’s tells the classic story of love, shame, and redemption. 

Finally, the 6th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival’s “Once Upon a Time” (March 7, 8 p.m.) features an evening of wicked humor and luminous darkness featuring new 10-minute plays inspired by fairy tales. Written by KSU Students, and directed by KSU faculty, and alumni, “Once Upon a Time” is coordinated by Margaret Baldwin.

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