2018-19 Signature Series
The Kennesaw State University School of Music is proud to present the 2018-19 Signature
Series featuring performances by renowned artists from around the world and our own
backyard. Each season, the Signature Series invites acclaimed musicians to campus
to perform in Morgan Concert Hall and engage with our students and community.
James Carter Organ Trio
Thursday, January 31, 2019 | 8PM
The organ combo reigned supreme for several decades as a “meat-and-potatoes” mainstay of 50’s and 60’s jazz. In the hands of saxophonist James Carter, one of jazz’s most sophisticated improvisers, the organ trio is elevated by Carter’s virtuosic chops, the band’s powerful blues-drenched style, and wide-ranging repertoire collected through the members’ far-flung musical explorations. Relying heavily on inspired group interplay, the trio features the nimble yet muscular keyboard work of Detroit’s rising B3 star Gerard Gibbs and the propulsive support of drummer Alex White.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Friday, March 22, 2019 | 8PM
Led by conductor Peter Oundjian, the Atlanta Symphony serves up a feast of orchestral indulgence. First, the “utterly astounding” (The Piano Files) Benjamin Grosvenor performs Johannes Brahms’s barnstorming Piano Concerto No. 1. The performance concludes with Strauss’ mind-blowing Also sprach Zarathustra. Used as the opening theme in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Strauss’ tone poem was written “to convey in music an idea of the evolution of the human race from its origin...,” and is perfectly at home in this epic cinematic context.