KENNESAW, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – The Bailey School of Music at Kennesaw State University is preparing a special concert Saturday to remember September 11. The conductor and performers explained how their emotional selections will honor the lives lost on that tragic day 20 years ago.
The KSU Symphony Orchestra has spent hours preparing for its “Sept. 11: 20th Anniversary Concert.” This will be the first concert in two years that the Symphony Orchestra has given as a unit, “said Dr Nathaniel Parker, Director of Orchestral Studies at BSOM “I wanted to implement the idea of ââgrieving and expressing our emotions,” he said.
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They will join other BSOM groups including the KSU Chamber Singers led by Dr Samuel Miller and the Wind Ensemble Brass & Percussion led by Dr David Kehler. They plan to deliver the performance of a lifetime for the public that COVID has kept away. âWe’re going to start with a Beethoven funeral march to mourn the dead,â Parker said of the orchestral selections. âOur second piece will be Barber’sâ Adagio for Strings, âwhich many people might recognize fromâ Platoon, âand then we’ll play Tchaikovsky’sâ The Final âof hisâ Passionate Symphony â.
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The solemn selections have special meaning for performers like KSU student and cellist Garrett Clay. âIt arouses such a wide variety of emotions, like it starts with some deep and solemn things, and then as it continues it’s just emotional screaming,â he said. âIn the last piece, we are going to play ‘Amazing Grace’ with my wonderful colleague Helen Kim,â said Parker, referring to an internationally renowned KSU teacher and violinist. âThis particular concert involves a lot of feelings, because we’ve been a part of it for so long,â Kim said. âA lot of the students on stage didn’t experience September 11 because they were so young, but they experienced something similar to the pain and suffering that everyone has gone through with COVID. I think this is the most united we have all been, âshe said.
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