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Beijing Olympics' art director to visit KSU

Beijing Olympics' art director to visit KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- One of China's top set designers and art directors will visit Kennesaw State University later this month.

Han Lixun will speak Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 5 p.m. in KSU's Wilson Building.

Lixun was chief designer and art director for the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As an artist, he has had solo exhibitions at some of the world's top galleries, including China's National Art Gallery. Lixun has also designed sets for dramas, musicals, operas and concerts.

In addition to KSU, Lixun is scheduled to speak at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Central Florida. His talks include insight into Chinese culture and a discussion of ways to make it in the art world.

Lixun's visit to KSU is funded by the College of the Arts Global Engagement Grant, another grant from the Confucius Institute and funds from the university's Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

ROME, Ga. -- Eight talented musicians at Berry College have been selected for this year's Georgia All College Band.

The band is made up of some of the best college musicians in the state. It will perform at this week's Georgia Music Educators Association conferece in Savannah.

Berry's All College Band members include the school's principal chair clarinet, Jarod Holland of Oxford, Ga., as well as two other clarinet players -- Katie Stuck of Acworth, and Kathy Stuvick of Nolensville, Tenn.

Four Berry trumpeters made the cut -- John Heidbreder (who lives in Atlanta), Everett Reiff (Buford), Matthew Soares (Rossville) and Joe Vidalez (Dalton).

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Berry's final All College Band member is trombone player Ahmad Pruitt of Decatur.

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Josh Groban concert to be screened in metro Atlanta

Josh Groban concert to be screened in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Josh Groban is giving a live preview concert of his new album in New York City, but local fans won't have to travel far to watch the performance.

Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes will be screened at several theaters across metro Atlanta.

The concert will be broadcast live on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Groban will perform some of the biggest hits from his 12-year career, as well as songs from his sixth studio album, All That Echoes, which hits shelves Feb. 5. He will also answer fans' questions submitted via Twitter and text message.

"To have the chance to perform songs new and old and interact with Q&A with fans across the country is truly awesome," Groban said in a statement. "Fathom (Events) gives me that reach using state-of-the-art visual and sound at your local movie theater to experience a concert experience unique to any other. What a great way to kick off the album release!"

KSU presents Act II of 'Die Fledermaus'

KSU presents Act II of 'Die Fledermaus'

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Students with Kennesaw State University's School of Music will perform Act II of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus for this year's Opera Theatre Gala.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 in Morgan Hall in KSU's Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.

Eileen Moreman, KSU artist-in-residence, describes Die Fledermaus as "lively, colorful, luscious and sentimental." The opera, whose title translates as The Bat, is set in 9th century Vienna. Act II takes place at a "turn-of-the-century lavish, confectionary, champagne-drinking party, so everyone is in a good mood," Moreman says.

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KSU dancers present 'Road Kill'

KSU dancers present 'Road Kill'

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Kennesaw State University Department of Dance will soon bring four world premiere productions to the stage.

The concert, called "Road Kill," features a mix of classical and contemporary choreography.

It contains dance from the famous Swan Lake ballet, as well as a multimedia work from new assistant professor Stevan Novakovich -- a unique blend of text, music, video and movement built around true stories of missing women.

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"Road Kill" is the title of the signature work by Department of Dance chair Ivan Pulinkala. It is a physically challenging work for 10 dancers that makes a social statement on the pace of modern society. In "Road Kill," dancers cut across the stage using special roller skate-like shoes.