The Kennesaw State University School of Music is proud to present the following performances of the 2019-20 ArtsKSU Presents series featuring performances by renowned artists from around the world and our own backyard.
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– The Chicago Tribune
Anat Cohen Tentet
Musical Director, Oded Lev-Ari
Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 8 p.m.Buy Tickets
Ever charismatic, prolific, and inspired, GRAMMY-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Anat has been declared Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year since 2007 and has also been named the Top Clarinetist, Rising Star, and Jazz Artist of the Year by Downbeat Magazine. The tentet (rhythm section, horns, vibraphone, cello, and accordion) performs tunes from their recent album Happy Song which draws influence from Brazilian music and African grooves to vintage swing and touching ballads.
– Rhythm Planet
Afro-Cuban Jazz Artist
Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 8 p.m.Buy Tickets
An emerging flagbearer among the vanguard of female Cuban musicians, Afro-Cuban singer, songwriter, and percussionist Brenda Navarrete combines a foundation of Latin jazz and Afro‐Cuban influences with elements of contemporary world music, originality, and relentless energy to form her unique sound. Touring internationally and frequently collaborating with Cuba’s notable music elite, the award-winning jazzista is perhaps best known for her skill on the batá, a drum traditionally used in Yoruban spiritual practices that women were once forbidden to play. Presented as part of Kennesaw State University’s 2019-20 Year of Cuba.
– The Financial Times
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Carter, conductor
Friday, April 17, 2020 | 8 p.m.Buy Tickets
Dazzling audiences and critics alike since her celebrated debut at age 11, superstar violinist Midori performs Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2. In a concerto peppered by the sounds of a Hungarian folksong, Midori showcases her graceful precision and intimate expression as one of the world's most acclaimed violinists. Making his Atlanta Symphony debut, Australian rising-star Nicholas Carter leads the orchestra in Haydn’s Symphony No. 44 ("Trauersinfonie") before concluding the program with Prokofiev’s wartime piece written in 1944 as Russian troops turned the tables on the German army: the massive and exhilarating Symphony No. 5.