Award-winning American orchestrator Jonathan Tunick Skypes into KSU Dec. 4


Kennesaw, Ga. (Nov. 30, 2012) — The public is invited to the third in a series of master classes with Tony-award winning actor and Kennesaw State artist-in-residence Shuler Hensley. The focus of this Dec. 4 master class will be Jonathan Tunick, American orchestrator, musical director and composer.

Tunick is one of only eleven people to have won all four major American entertainment business awards: the Tony Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Grammy Awards.

Best known as the orchestrator of Stephen Sondheim's theatrical work, beginning with COMPANY in 1970, Tunick has worked as an arranger and/or con­ductor on recordings with Judy Collins, Kiri Te Kanawa, Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney and Bernadette Peters.

Critics praise Tunick as a stunning example of a working musician who has worked in multiple fields (film, television, stage, recording) in multiple genres.

According to Dean Adams, artistic director and associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, "Students in all arts and business disciplines will benefit from his advice and experience as an artist and entrepreneur."

Hensley, who is currently starring in the new play The Whale at Playwrights Horizons in New York, is best known for his portrayal of Jud in the revival of Oklahoma! as well as numerous stage, film, and television roles. Biographic information about Hensely is available at

The Skype session, which is open to the public, will be held in Stillwell Theatre Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

-- Robert S. Godlewski