Regina Carter headlines outdoor concert series on August 12

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Aug. 6‚ 2007) — On Sunday evening‚ Aug. 12‚ Kennesaw State University welcomes The…

Georgia (Aug 6, 2007) — Regina Carter headlines outdoor concert series on August 12

Cheryl Anderson Brown


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Frances Weyand Harrison

Writer: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ Assistant Director of Public Relations for the College of the Arts‚ 770−499−3417 or

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Aug. 6‚ 2007) — On Sunday evening‚ Aug. 12‚ Kennesaw State University welcomes The Regina Carter Quintet to the Starlight Summer Concert Series at the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater. This will be Regina Carter’s only appearance in the South this summer. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs‚ blanket‚ picnic items‚ friends and family to the park−like venue. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Lawn seating is $5.

Carter is known for her interpretations of classics‚ original and improvisational jazz violin compositions. Trained as a classical violinist in the Suzuki Method starting at age four‚ she played in bands and orchestras‚ but developed her own fusion of jazz and violin‚ a rare path for her instrument. Carter is influenced by the rhythm and blues of her hometown‚ Detroit‚ and by musicians like Ella Fitzgerald‚ Les Brown and Bessie Smith. Carter broadened her horizons to jazz when she heard a recording of jazz violin by Jean Luc Ponty.

Two months ago‚ Carter released her sixth album‚ “I’ll Be Seeing You‚” as a tribute to her late mother‚ Grace Carter‚ one of the most important influences in her life‚ career and music. The album is described by Verve‚ her music label‚ as her most stylistically focused work to date. The work consists of authentic‚ intimate acoustic arrangements of songs from the 1920s to the 1940s.

Regina Carter is a leading artist on her instrument and she was recently named a MacArthur Fellow and received the prestigious “Genius Award” by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Carter first graced the stage at KSU five years ago and was invited to return because of the audience’s enjoyment of her earlier concert‚ their appreciation for fusion styles and that fact that hers is a very accessible and fun show. The group is the fourth featured artist of the five−event Starlight Concert Series. The final performance will feature Connie Evingson and Mary Louise Knutson on Aug. 26.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit