The Atlanta Wind Symphony presents a free concert entitled "We Got Talent, Yes We Do" on Saturday, May 11, at 3:00 p.m. at Kennesaw State University's Bailey Performance Center. The concert will feature the winner of the first annual Atlanta Wind Symphony High School Concerto Competition, Benjamin Smith, performing Otar Gordeli's Concerto for Flute in D, Opus 8. The band will also perform Ron Nelson's Fanfare for a Celebration, Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurumque, Dmitri Shostakovich's Folk Dances,Jonathan Newman's Blow It Up, Start Again, John Zdechlik'sChorale and Shaker Dance, and John Philip Sousa's The Gallant Seventh.
Benjamin Smith is a junior at Loganville High School and began playing the flute at the age of 10. Benjamin currently studies with Kelly Via and serves as principal flute in the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony and Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. This year, Benjamin won Honorable Mention in the 2019 Kennesaw State Young Artist Competition and was accepted into the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. In 2018, Benjamin won 1st Prize in the Atlanta Flute Club Junior Artist Competition and was a member of the All-National Honor Ensemble Symphony Orchestra. Benjamin has been a member of the GMEA All-State Band and Orchestra for the past four years. Benjamin has attended the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and University of Georgia Summer Music Institute where he studied with Donna Shin and Angela Jones-Reus. Benjamin will be attending the Interlochen Summer Arts Program this summer and will study under Alexa Still.
Comprised of more than 60 adult musicians ranging in experience from music educators to hobbyists, the Atlanta Wind Symphony is an all-volunteer community wind ensemble dedicated to delivering inspiring performances of quality wind band literature. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall and has received the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Silver Scroll, North America's most prestigious award for community concert bands.
Atlanta Wind Symphony Music Director David Kehlerserves as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University where he oversees all aspects of the University’s expanding band program; teaches courses in instrumental conducting, symphonic repertoire, and 20thcentury music; and serves as Music Director and Conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble. The concert will also feature Associate Conductor Tyler Ehrlich. Ehrlich is in his second year as the Associate Director of Bands at Centennial High School where he is involved in instruction and administration of the concert bands, marching band, chamber ensembles, and music technology.
The May 11 concert is free; donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.AtlantaWindSymphony.org.