Kennesaw State University Community & Alumni Choir gears up for spring concert
by Sally Litchfield
MDJ Features Editor
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The Kennesaw State University Community and Alumni choir rehearses, accompanied by Sherri Barrett on piano.<br>Staff/Jon-Michael Sullivan
OMG! It's time for Oratorios, Madrigals and Gospels. The Kennesaw State University Community & Alumni Choir will present their spring performance April 16 at 8 p.m. at The Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on Kennesaw State University campus, located at 1000 Chastain Road.

KSUCAC, a volunteer choir requiring no auditions, offers a musical outlet for people in the community at large as well as KSU community and alumnae.

"The group was formed as a way to reach out to the community and alumni," Dr. Leslie Blackwell, founding director of KSUCAC, said. Blackwell, the director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at KSU, has taught there since 1998.

Blackwell said that a diverse group of people make up the family-friendly choir that performs two concerts a year including a mother and son, father and daughter, husbands and wives, partners and sisters. The group also includes a wide range of professions such as business people, housewives, teachers, and ministers from Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow and Paulding counties.

"We come from all walks of life but we're there for one unifying reason and that's to make fabulous music and to create something better than we could ever do alone, by ourselves," she said. "We perform a little of everything."

OMG! includes oratorios from Haydn's "Creation," Mendelssohn's "Elijah" and Handel's "Solomon," as well as madrigals based on 16th century secular music of the Renaissance Period and gospel pieces.

KSU alumna Deborah Crampton will join KSUCAC as guest soloist for the gospel part of the concert. "She is known for her incredible gospel voice," Blackwell said.

"We want to have community among ourselves and to create music, and to continue that learning process," she added.

KSUCAC welcomes those interested in becoming part of the 80 talented musicians who share a love of choral music to visit

"(KSUCAC members) are a wonderful, interesting, exciting group, a challenging group. It's a unique thing," Blackwell said.

OMG! tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for students. They are available by visiting or calling (770) 423-6650.
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