ArtsKSU Presents

artsKSU brand bannerThe 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.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert Spano, conductor
Tengku Irfan, piano
Friday, October 4, 2019

Cellist Zuill Bailey
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Anat Cohen Tentet
Musical Director, Oded Lev-Ari
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Brenda Navarrete
Afro-Cuban Jazz Artist
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Carter, conductor
Midori, violin
Friday, April 17, 2020

 

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2019-20 Signature Series

“The conductor Robert Spano… made the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra a force to be reckoned with in contemporary American music…”
The New York Times

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert Spano, conductor
Tengku Irfan, piano

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 8 p.m.

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In his final season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Spano leads the orchestra in the Preludes to Acts I and III of Wagner's Lohengrin, two pieces engineered to excite the most exquisite yearning and all-out exhilaration. Then, Malaysian virtuoso Tengku Irfan throws his "sheer incisiveness and power" (The New York Times) into the impish charm and pianistic thunder of Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2. Closing the performance, Brahms’ First Symphony is a riveting and unforgettable symphonic journey from the stormy opening measures to its triumphant conclusion.

2019-20 Signature Series

“The GRAMMY-winning cellist Zuill Bailey… deployed his sumptuous tone and jaw-dropping technique… [and] the heart-stopping eloquence of which he is capable…"
The Evening Standard

Cellist Zuill Bailey
with Violinist Helen Kim
and KSU Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 8 p.m.

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Widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, GRAMMY award-winning Zuill Bailey is among the most sought after and active cellists today. With unique and exciting performances ranging from concertos with some of the best orchestras around the world to a recurring role on the HBO series “Oz” and seemingly every in-between, Mr. Bailey is known for his celebrated artistry, technical wizardry, and engaging personality. The program will feature solo works and a special performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto with KSU Professor of Violin Helen Kim and the KSU Symphony Orchestra.

2019-20 Signature Series

“The lyric beauty of [Cohen’s] tone, the easy fluidity of her technique and the extroverted manner of her delivery make this music accessible to all."
The Chicago Tribune

Anat Cohen Tentet
Musical Director, Oded Lev-Ari

Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 8 p.m.

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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.

2019-20 Signature Series

“A bright new Cuban star has emerged on the world music scene, and she is a young singer/percussionist named Brenda Navarrete.”
Rhythm Planet

Afro-Cuban Jazz Artist
Brenda Navarrete

Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 8 p.m.

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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.

2019-20 Signature Series

"...her spitfire energy excitingly takes command... [Midori] is not only a formidable technician, but also a musician who knows what she wants to say with every note."
The Financial Times

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Carter, conductor
Midori, violin

Friday, April 17, 2020 | 8 p.m.

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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.

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