Kansas, Kennesaw State University to present music masterpiece
by Sally Litchfield
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The Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra will perform with the band Kansas on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The concert is part of the Collegiate Symphony Tour started by Kansas in 2010 to raise awareness and funds for college and university music programs.<br>Special KSU
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On Sept. 30, Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra will take the stage with legendary rock band Kansas at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m.

The concert is part of the Collegiate Symphony Tour started by Kansas in 2010 to raise awareness and funds for college and university music programs.

Due to its success, Kansas is continuing the tour through the fall of 2011. A percentage of the ticket sales from the performance will go to KSU.

“The concert will feel like you’re in a recording studio with a huge orchestra and rock band playing together,” said Michael Alexander, director of Orchestral Activities at KSU and director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

Eighty music majors making up the KSU Symphony Orchestra will join Kansas in playing some of their greatest hits such as “Carry On My Wayward Son,” “Dust in the Wind” and “Song for America.”

In a press release, original member and drummer Phil Ehart said of last year’s concerts, “Kansas and all the school symphonies just hit it off big time! The only people having more fun than us were all the students playing on stage with us! And considering all the money that was raised to help the music departments, everyone considered it a real success! We know this year will be bigger and better!”

Although the concert will raise money for KSU’s music program, Alexander recognizes additional benefits for performing with Kansas.

“It’s really important for our music majors to have the opportunity to do a gig like this,” he said. “ It’s an opportunity to get to see what it’s like to have a job like you’d get in the real world. You have one rehearsal and do the show and get to feel what that’s like.”

The concert is also an opportunity to highlight accomplishments at KSU, such as a national conference held at KSU for the College Orchestra Directors Association as well as a 3-concert tour in China by the KSU Symphony Orchestra.

“The bonus of the concert is keeping the arts a really important part of our community. Musicians here (at KSU) right now are going to be the leading freelance musicians in Atlanta for the years to come. You will be hearing tomorrow’s artists today,” Alexander said.

“People are going to be amazed at what energy (KSU Symphony Orchestra) plays with. With youth comes exuberance,” he continues. “The orchestra plays with such dedication and passion you can feel that. They’re just excited about what they do. It’s really cool to witness and be a part of. It’s going to be great night of music.”

To learn more, visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts. For tickets, visit www.cobbenergycentre.com or www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000.

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