The Kennesaw State University Premiere Series will bring acclaimed Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez to Morgan Hall in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m. Now in its 19th season, the Premiere Series, the flagship concert series at KSU, consistently showcases the finest performers in a setting inclusive of artistic and educational opportunities.
Rodriguez is described as a powerhouse pianist with a touch of mischievous showmanship. He grew up in a musical family and has been playing the piano since he was 10. In 2006, Rodriguez was discovered by legendary producer and composer Quincy Jones and his career has taken off since then.
Rodriguez has performed at jazz festivals around the world, including SXSW Music Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, as well as shared the stage with renowned performers such as Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.
"Rodriguez is a very talented young musician, and his performance will be exciting and innovative" explains David Daly, director of the Bailey Performance Center and coordinator of the Premiere Series. "The audience can expect a truly unique performance from one of the most highly praised up-and-coming jazz artists."
Tickets for the concert are $25. Discounts are available for KSU personnel, seniors, military and groups. For more information, visit the KSU box office online or call 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.