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Begin your holiday season with the Choral Holiday Concert, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.

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Start your holiday season off right with a special Kennesaw State University School of Music concert of choral holiday music. You’ll hear some very special holiday sounds from both KSU Men’s Ensemble and KSU Chamber Singers (under the direction of Dr. Leslie Blackwell, Associate Professor of Music and Music Education) and also featuring the KSU Women’s Chorus and KSU Chorale (under the direction of Dr. Alison Mann, Associate Professor of Choral Music Education)—all in one glorious evening.

The concert will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in Morgan Hall at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center at Kennesaw State University. Tickets are $9 to $12 and may be purchased here or by calling the box office at 470-578-6650.

Can’t make the show? Watch it live online at musicKSU.com. Want a sneak peek of the program? Click here.



The Bentley Rare Book Gallery and KSU Tellers present Holiday Stories

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Start your holiday season off right at Kennesaw State University with “Holiday Stories” featuring the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies’ KSU Tellers and the Bentley Rare Book Gallery. Sponsored by Museums, Archives, and Rare Books and co-sponsored by the Sturgis Library, this free event will be held on Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Owl Space II at the Sturgis Library. 

You’ll enjoy a fun and festive afternoon of holiday stories, with adaptations from both classic and modern tales for children and adults alike. Volumes from the Gallery’s holiday collections will be on display, and the Tellers will highlight pieces that have a connection to the Bentley’s holdings.

Hot chocolate, cider, and holiday treats will be served. Free and open to the public.



KSU Community and Alumni Choir Concert of G.F. Handel's Messiah Dec. 6, 8 p.m.

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Be inspired this holiday season with the performance of G.F. Handel’s Messiah by the KSU Community & Alumni Choir at Morgan Hall at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center at Kennesaw State University. The concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m., and is under the direction of School of Music professor Dr. Leslie J. Blackwell.

Patrons are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys and blankets for MUST Ministries’ Toy Shop.

Tickets are $12 for students, seniors, military, and KSU faculty and staff; general admission tickets are $15. Please note: online/phone sales close at 4 p.m. the day of the show. Please click here to buy tickets.



Harrison Long to star in White Rabbit, Red Rabbit Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Onyx Theater

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Join us as our own Harrison Long stars in White Rabbit, Red Rabbit on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Onyx Theater. This unique show has no rehearsals, no director, and no set. Tickets available at www.outofhandtheater.com. Use promotional code KSUStudent and snag tickets for only $10. See you there!



Senior Capstone Exhibition II at Fine Arts Gallery Nov. 17 - Dec. 8

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Join us at the Fine Arts Gallery at the Wilson Building for the Fall 2014 Capstone Exhibition II. Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17. Artists featured include: Jae Bishop, Katherine Louis, Teri Jester Hamilton, Mike Monteleagre, Jennifer Woodall, Chris Dibiase, Tracie L. Hinnant.



MTP Rocks! Free Show at the Onyx Theater, Dec. 7th, 7 p.m.

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Around the click, at malt shops, band stands, sit-ins, and disco-techs…join us on the train of soul as we travel through the years of American rock and roll. Directed by Henry Scott; musical direction by Carolyn Dorff. This is a FREE show but seating is limited.



Labryinth Night: Dec. 8th, 4:30 to 9 p.m., Stillwell Theater

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The Department of Theatre & Performance Studies invites you to a walking meditation upon a canvas labryinth. A documentary about the contemporary labryinth movement will be shown from 4-4:30 p.m. with time for walking meditation from 4:30-9 p.m. Free. Coordinated by John Gentile.



Gaiety School Summer Study Abroad: Now accepting applications for Summer 2015!

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Pyromania: Nov. 12-15, Stillwell Theater, 8 p.m.

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Following the law of yin and yang, fire and water are often combined, but it’s unusual to have fire and dance together. The Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University will present Pyromania Nov. 12-15 at 8 p.m. at the Stillwell Theatre featuring the KSU Dance Company and choreographic repertory presented and staged by Ivan Pulinkala, Daniel Gwirtzman, Mara Mandradjieff, Christine Walker, and Ido Tadmore.

Known for his physically complex choreographic vocabulary, Department Chair Ivan Pulinkala’s title piece was inspired by research on the psychology of a pyromaniac. Thus, his choreography uses the subject matter metaphorically to investigate conditions of obsession, addiction and destructiveness that are part of every human experience. Abstracted elements of fire and smoke provide a visual aesthetic for the work that inhabits both the front and back of the proscenium of the theatre. Lighting designer Rebecca Makus has conceived light elements that the dancers carry and consume during the piece. Pulinkala said, “Pyromania is a contemporary work that uses a juxtaposition of images to convey the message that there is a pyromaniac in each of us.”

Professor Daniel Gwirtzman’s Volcano finds inspiration from the increasing intersection of technology in our lives. Gwirtzman said, “The work suggests both the primal, through its ritualistic rhythmic unison, and the futuristic, set to a driving electronic score. Volcano presents an abstract world that is both pre-language and potentially post-language, a world in which stylized movement is the sole mode of communication.” The audience will be drawn into the stamina-inducing speed of the dance. Highly virtuosic and challenging, the dance percolates and pops, living up to its explosive name.

Mara Mandradjieff’s piece Refract appears broken, distorted, and corky––and it’s intentional. She said, “Refract explores the multiplicity of refracted white light, the complexity which inhabits a single entity. The dancers’ deconstruction questions their own embodiment phenomenon as performers and exposes the audience’s participation in that process.

Audience members may also relate to Israeli dancer (and guest artist) Ido Tador’s piece Black Morning. Répétiteur Lindsey Archer commented on Tador’s choreography and said, “Israel has experienced periods of war and turmoil for decades. The most recent conflict has resulted in hundreds of casualties. Dealing with the loss of a family member or friend is incredibly difficult. Black Morning aims to capture the struggle to cope with such loss, particularly addressing the experiences of Israeli women who must confront the death of a husband, child, or friend.” This work is commissioned in partnership with the Consulate of Israel in Atlanta.

The four young women who perform the piece portray the personal struggles and emotional dissonance that tragedy begets. However, the community they form offers them strength and hope. These ideas are illustrated through the personal narratives that the dancers utter throughout the piece, their relationship to one another, and the power and integrity of the movement they embody. The work offers the opportunity to reflect on moments of grief in one’s own life and how people cope and triumph through those experiences.

Triumph and joy are underlying themes for former Atlanta Ballet prima ballerina and professor Christine Welker in her restaging of Swanhilda from Coppelia. She said, “I wanted the selection to be bright and entertaining for the audience, and have the core fundamentals of ballet technique to benefit student growth. I also wanted the students to gain an understanding of working in a unified corps de ballet, but also to have a chance to step out from the corps for a shining moment of their own. My hope is that the piece will not only be a learning experience for the dancers, but that it will also be a pure joy to dance! I hope that the patrons truly enjoy the performance and understand the importance of classical ballet and the preservation of the classics in the dance program at KSU.”

Pulinkala said, “This production showcases an artistic and technical diversity that highlights our commitment to developing multifaceted dance artists and scholars.”

To purchase tickets, click here or call the box office at 470-578-6650.

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KSU Opera Theater Presents "The Hotel Casablanca" Nov. 14-15

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Dont’ miss the KSU Opera Theater production of “The Hotel Casablanca” Nov. 14-15 at 8 p.m. in Morgan Hall at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center. Tickets are $11-15; click here to purchase.

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Choreographic Essentials Workshop June 22-27, 2015

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Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education presents the Choreographic Essentials Workshop June 22-27, 2015, in partnership with Kennesaw State University. For more information or to register, please email Nicole Kedaroe, Centre Programs Manager, at nkedaroe@atlantaballet.com.

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KSU Tellers: FREE Student Storytelling Concert Nov. 7-8, 8 p.m., Onyx Theater

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Join the KSU Tellers as they share their finest original storytelling performances from the fall semester. This is a FREE show, but space is limited. Both shows begin at 8:00 p.m.

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Patrick Sutton, Director of The Gaiety School of Acting, Visits KSU October 22-23

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Patrick Sutton, the Director of The Gaiety School of Acting, will visit
Theatre and Performance Studies classes October 22-23 to give workshops and promote the summer study abroad program at The Gaiety in Dublin, Ireland. Click here for more information.

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Explore the Summer Study Abroad at The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland!



Into the Woods Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, Stillwell Theater

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Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it in Sondheim’s witty and unconventional spin on fairy tales. Book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; directed by Justin Anderwon with music direction by Judy Cole. Buy tickets. Co-produced with KSU School of Music.

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In a 2013 radio interview, Krista Tippett, creator and host of the Peabody Award-winning program On Being, spoke with Maria Tatar about the continuing relevance and contemporary allure of fairy tales. In the interview, Tatar, who chairs the program in folklore and mythology at Harvard University, describes the imaginative promise held by the “great once upon a time,’’ a fantastical realm where “operatic beauty” meets “monstrous terror.” It is not merely a site of escape from the everyday; rather, it is a place where those who absorb the tales may come face-to-face with the things that terrify them.

Tatar claims that one explanation for the lasting popularity of fairy tales, from their origins around ancient firesides to contemporary interpretations in television shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm, lies in the fact that they allow us to tap into the “transformative power in terror” from a safe remove. Transformative terror is a constant theme throughout Sondheim and Lapine’s Into the Woods.

The eponymous woods themselves, an ominous, mystical presence essential to so many beloved fairy tales, are a site of both fear and change, a liminal space where characters face the unknown in their surroundings, in each other, and, perhaps most frighteningly of all, in themselves. Not only do the woods offer adventure, excitement, and the ever-alluring promise of danger; they also exist as a space

that defies and defines their inhabitants’ conceptions of self. All who enter are inevitably transformed. As the Baker’s Wife puts it in the second act, “What is it about the woods?”

Tatar draws an important distinction between fairy tales and sacred stories in her interview, explaining that there are no true originals in the realm of fairy tale. Rather, the stories change with every retelling and every adaptation, their methods and meanings regularly modified to fit the individual and collective needs of those who embrace them. Kennesaw State University’s production of Into the Woods likewise bears the imprint of its historical moment. Stirred by the contemporary turmoil between Russia and Ukraine, director Justin Anderson chose to set his interpretation of the musical against the backdrop of the Bolshevik Revolution, a movement which ignited changes that are still palpable in Russia and the surrounding nations nearly a century later.

In February of 1917, the widely despised Tsar Nicholas II, Russia’s final emperor, was removed from power amidst violent riots on the streets of Petrograd. Seven months later, the Bolsheviks, self-professed leaders of the revolutionary working class, seized the Winter Palace in a coup that came to be known as Red October, effectively laying the groundwork for the establishment of the Soviet Union and inciting radical, far-reaching change on a national scale. With this context in mind, Anderson imagines the narrator of Into the Woods as a soldier who, as he prepares to storm the palace, takes momentary solace in an old storybook whose tales reinforce his ideas about heroism and reinvigorate

his revolutionary charge. Though a span of only a few months passes between the musical’s two acts, the second act simultaneously takes us much further forward, to a region plagued by a giant who represents the struggle and discord that has been visited upon the land for almost a century. Together, a small band of survivors must face both the consequences of their own actions and the uncontrollable forces at work in the woods.

Into the Woods is a story about wishing and wanting, about the terrors we willingly face in order to achieve those things that we imagine will complete our lives. Whether we dream of attending a ball, meeting a prince, or escaping a tower, however, the process of pursuit inevitably alters the pursuer, and those who enter the woods are never quite the same when they emerge.

—Miriam Hahn, Resident Dramaturg


Community Art Sale Thurs-Sat., Nov 6-8, KSU Center

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Kennesaw State University’s School of Art and Design is pleased to announce the first annual Community Art Sale Nov. 6-8 to help fund student scholarships. In conjunction with KSU’s Visions Student Art Society and the KSU Foundation, the sale will include gift items such as pottery, jewelry, hand-pulled prints, small sculptures, and small drawings and paintings.

Director of the School of Art and Design Geo Sipp said, “We are excited to provide an opportunity for a collaboration art sale and exhibition with professional and local area artists. We are particularly pleased that 40% of the retail price will go to the School of Art and Design’s scholarship fund designated for flexible art scholarships for incoming and current students.”

Local area artists and fine artisans, including students, faculty and staff of Kennesaw State University, will offer drawings, prints, watercolors, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, small sculpture, fiber arts, and contemporary craft items. The event will be held in the lobby atrium by the foundation at KSU Center located at 3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6; 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Artist Shane McDonald is coordinating artist participation and the exhibit. Artists wishing to participate must complete and submit the online application form and any supplemental documents by Oct. 24.  For a sneak peek of some of the pieces offered for sale, please click here.



Dance Festival at Kennesaw State University April 17-19, 2015

Festival celebrates concert dance for high schools and dance studios

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Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance will host the 2015 KSU Dance Festival April 17-19, 2015. The Festival features over 30 classes, two nights of adjudicated performances, and teacher seminars. To learn more, click here. 



Art Studies, Dance Solos at Zuckerman Museum of Art Oct. 15

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Students enrolled in DANC 4500 Choreography visited the Zuckerman Museum of Art in late August. Each choreographer selected a work of art that spoke to them the loudest, from either the permanent or temporary exhibits. Back in the studio, the students created solo studies in response to their chosen works. Thanks to the generosity of the Zuckerman, we have a chance to complete the process, full circle.

On Wednesday, October 15 from 2:15 to 3 p.m.,  the students will perform their solos and share their inspirations in an open critique led by Professor Daniel Gwirtzman. JOIN US!



Coming Out Monologues Oct. 9-10, 8 p.m., Onyx Theater

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Humorous, poignant, and celebratory, this evening features performances of coming-out stories from across the campus community. Co-directed by Jessica Duvall and Karen Robinson. Co-produced with GLBTIQ Student Retention services. Tickets $5.



Atlanta’s von Grey with the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Jan. 8, 2015

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Performance to be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Bailey Performance Center

Atlanta-based alternative rock/electronic/folk band von Grey will present the world premiere performance of newly commissioned arrangements of their music featuring orchestral accompaniment from the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Morgan Hall at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.

Fresh off a season of nationwide touring, von Grey has embarked on this strategic collaboration with the Kennesaw State University School of Music and the Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program to reimagine its unique brand of popular music with the expanded context of powerful orchestral accompaniment. The KSU Symphony Orchestra joined von Grey for a brief sneak peek of the project for a concert in August 2014, but will perform a full evening with von Grey for their concert in January. [VIDEO: http://bit.ly/1zsBN8K]

von Grey’s music and live performances have achieved critical acclaim, and the band has enjoyed national media coverage, including appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams, and CNN’s Road Warriors. von Grey consists for four classically trained sisters, whose strong instrumentation and vocal harmonies have a uniquely modern style.

Tickets are on sale now and range from $15 to $55. Purchase tickets from the KSU College of the Arts Box Office by visiting ticketing.kennesaw.edu or by calling 470-578-6650. This concert is the School of Music’s third annual Proctor Scholarship Concert, and proceeds from the event will be used to create and expand scholarship opportunities for School of Music students.

Buy tickets now: http://bit.ly/1rOmgca

For more information, please visit musicKSU.com or http://vongreymusic.com.



High demand leads to two Collage Concert performances Feb. 7, 2015

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The School of Music at Kennesaw State will hold two Collage performances on February 7, 2015, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Morgan Concert Hall at the Bailey Performance Center. An evening of exciting and fast-paced vignette performances by over 200 School of Music performers, the 9th annual Collage scholarship concert is the signature production of the School of Music and is a primary fundraising event for supporting scholarships for School of Music students.

Each year, the show features a rapid-fire program delivered as flowing vignette performances by School of Music soloists, chamber groups, and ensembles totaling over 200 student and faculty performers. Due to sold-out crowds and increasingly high demand for each performance over the past several years, this year’s Collage event will feature two shows: 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.  

In addition to these performances, a public reception and raffle will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Patrons may purchase VIP tickets which include a special reception following the 8 p.m. performance, a silent auction, and premium seating for the event. 

Special repertoire, seamless transitions between diverse works, and unique lighting and stage design combine to create a truly memorable experience unique in our region.  This cutting edge concert experience highlights the incredible passion and talent of the faculty and students of the KSU School of Music and challenges preconceived notions of what a concert can be.  Collage showcases the School of Music’s mission to educate musicians who innovate, create, and lead their art into the future.

Click here for tickets.