My good friend, Ken Johnson, is the passionate choir director at Mansfield Middle School in Storrs, CT. He has been teaching there for 16 years. He programs challenging music, encouraging his students to sing repertoire far beyond their years. His love for music and teaching is evident, and the connections he makes with his students leave a lasting impression on their musical lives.
Ken and his middle school choir were recently asked to perform with the Kronos Quartet. This is an absolute honor. The Kronos Quartet began making music more than 30 years ago. In that time, they have performed thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 45 recordings and commissioning more than 650 works for string quartet. They also hold a Grammy for “Best Chamber Music Performance” (2004).
School started approximately one week late, thanks to Hurricane Irene. Ken has had less than a month to prepare with his students. He and his choir are working extra hours to learn a new piece (in Swedish!). They are dedicated and I’m sure the performance will be no less than stellar.
The Kronos Quartet will be performing at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on the UCONN campus.
Tuesday, September 27th
If you are local, please join me in supporting my friend Ken & his students. To order tickets, please visit the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts website.