Kennesaw State Celebrates 27 New Steinway Pianos; Reservations for Celebratory Concert Filling Quick

KENNESAW, Ga.—Yale. Juilliard. Kennesaw State University. The School of Music at Kennesaw State has joined an elite list of national and international music schools to be certified as an All-Steinway School. To celebrate this accomplishment, Kennesaw State will present a piano concert featuring five pianists and the full KSU Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on campus. And, the 624 seats available for the free event are filling quickly. To make a reservation, people may call 770-423-6650 or follow the link at http://www.kennesaw.edu/arts.

The All-Steinway School designation indicates that all of the school’s pianos, from the student practice rooms to the faculty studios to the concert stage, have been made by Steinway & Sons, hailed by many as the finest piano maker in the world. Kennesaw State achieved this distinction thanks to the generosity of Bobbie Bailey. In October 2007, Bailey surprised the audience at the grand opening of the Bailey Performance Center with her announcement that she was purchasing 27 new pianos for the School of Music in the KSU College of the Arts.

“It has always been a goal for Kennesaw State to become an All-Steinway School,” said pianist Joseph Meeks, who is the dean of the KSU College of the Arts, “but we are truly overwhelmed by Dr. Bailey’s extraordinary generosity. Steinway pianos are absolutely the finest instruments available and we are proud to have them available for our faculty, students and guest artists for rehearsals and performances.”

To commemorate the installation of the pianos, the School of Music is inviting the community to attend the concert on Nov. 15. The pianists performing that evening include Meeks and his four-hand piano partner Sarah Stedman; KSU Professor of Piano David Watkins; KSU alumnus and international award-winning pianist Robert Henry; and renowned international artist Alpin Hong. At one point in the evening, there will be four concert grand pianos on stage with the KSU Orchestra for Bach’s Concerto for Four Keyboards.

Other works being performed on the program include works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Poulenc, Mozart and Gershwin.

“The concert offers a selection of piano favorites,” Meeks said. “It truly is a celebration of the piano designed to demonstrate the flexibility, nuances and beauty of these superb Steinway pianos.”

That evening, the university also will announce the creation of a new piano scholarship endowment by the Atlanta Steinway Society.

A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.

http://www.kennesaw.edu/arts/COTA_News/10-27-08_steinway_celebration.shtml

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