Kent State University Orchestra and Choirs present world premiere of “I Sing the Body” May 6

The KSU Orchestra and Choirs join together to conclude the School of Music’s 2017-18 season on Sun., May 6 at 3 p.m. in Cartwright Hall’s University Auditorium. This annual concert brings together nearly 200 musicians to present masterworks for choir and orchestra. This year’s event presents two classic works alongside a world premiere.

Weaving together music, poetry, and dance, the KSU Orchestra, combined Choirs and students from the Dance Division present the world premiere of “I Sing the Body,” a newly composed multi-movement work for choir, orchestra and concert dance. Drawing on the talent of students from across the university, the creation of this work represents the interdisciplinary collaboration between the School of Music, Wick Poetry Center, School of Theatre and Dance, and School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Audience members will also hear Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco Overture” to open the concert with the beautiful and powerful “Dona nobis pacem” by Ralph Vaughan Williams closing it. Professors Jungho Kim and Scott MacPherson conduct.

Made possible by a Kent State College of the Arts Catalyst Grant, “I Sing the Body” represents an ambitious cross-departmental and College collaboration facilitated by its originator, Professor Scott MacPherson. Guided and mentored by KSU faculty, Kent State students have been the primary creative force behind the genesis of the project. Students from the Wick Poetry Center, guided by Director David Hassler and Charles Malone, explored the theme of “the body” in poetry, researching, editing and compiling poems from the Traveling Stanzas project to be used as the textual basis for the music. Five composition students from the School of Music, mentored by Professor Frank Wiley, composed the five separate segments of music. Three selected undergraduate dance students from the School of Theatre and Dance, mentored and directed by  Professor Kimberly Karpanty, created original choreography based on the poetry and music and will perform alongside the ensembles. Throughout the creative process, videography students of Professor David Smeltzer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, have been producing a documentary of the entire project.

“Kent State University’s College of the Arts supports ‘Catalyst Grant Projects’ which are intended to encourage interdisciplinary projects involving the arts with other fields,” said College of the Arts Dean John Crawford-Spinelli. “‘I Sing the Body’ epitomizes the goal of the Catalyst Grants and is a wonderful example of how poetry, music, dance and video combine to create something unique and transformative.”

To avoid long lines and a delayed start, it is advised that patrons purchase their tickets in advance through the Performing Arts Box Office. There are three ways to order: in-person Monday thru Friday from noon to 5 p.m., by calling 330-672-2787 (ARTS) or visiting $15, adults; $13, seniors and Kent State University faculty; $10, groups of 10 or more; $8 non-Kent State students and Kent State student ineligible for the Fee for Free; FREE for full-time Kent Campus undergraduates and those 18 and under. Cartwright Hall is at 650 Hilltop Drive on the Kent Campus. Free parking available off Terrace Drive.


POSTED: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 4:02pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 4:14pm