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. 

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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.