Kennesaw State’s 7th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular set for Saturday, June 28

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KENNESAW, Ga. (June 23, 2014) — Kennesaw State University will present two special concerts…

Georgia (Jun 23, 2014)

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 23, 2014) — Kennesaw State University will present two special concerts this summer: The 7th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular on Saturday, June 28, featuring the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and “Back to School with von Grey,” an end-of-summer concert featuring Atlanta based indie-alt-folk band von Grey on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Presented annually on the Saturday that precedes the Independence Day holiday, The Star-Spangled Spectacular has long been a summertime tradition at Kennesaw State to kick off the celebration of our nation’s independence. Since 2008, the free event has been held in the heart of campus on the Campus Green and is accompanied by an exciting fireworks finale.

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra will perform many favorite patriotic tunes as well as a selection of exciting American works for orchestra. New for this year’s events the addition of preconcert activities including games, face painting and balloon animals for children, vendors and exhibits from the KSU community, and a patriotic singing contest.

The contest winner will have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Championship game at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Aug. 23. Singers age 8 to 18 and may sign up to perform their favorites patriotic song by visiting or calling 770-794-7810 for more information.

Preconcert activities begin at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to get a good spot on the green and enjoy the preshow activities. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, and parking is free in designated areas. More information can be found online at

Atlanta-based indie-alt-folk band von Grey will headline “Back to School with von Grey” on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center. The members of von Grey are four classically-trained sisters who have accomplished more tasks on the proverbial band wish list in the past year than many bands do in a decade — all without the help of a record label and before their 20th birthdays.

With glowing press reviews and appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Conan,” NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and CNN’s “Road Warriors,” the Atlanta Journal/ Constitution described the quartet as “nothing short of stunning.”

The band’s debut at Kennesaw State will also feature a performance with the KSU Symphony Orchestra. In a special collaboration with the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art and Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program, concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to attend an outdoor party starting at 5 p.m., featuring food trucks, live music and tours of the Zuckerman and the Bailey Center. Seating for the concert is general admission, and tickets go on sale July 1 at  



For more than six decades, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra has engaged audiences through imaginative programming, visionary leadership and critically acclaimed performances. The standard of musicianship and artistry at every concert continues to be recognized and admired.

The musicians of the GSO are dedicated professionals throughout the community. Since the GSO’s founding in 1951 accomplished musicians have come here to share their musical gifts with our audiences. Since July 1, 2004, Michael Alexander, interim director of the School of Music at Kennesaw State, has served as music director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.


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