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Kent/Blossom Music Announces Five Concerts

Posted Jun. 21, 2010

Kent State University’s Kent/Blossom Music program is a 43-year old collaboration between Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, the Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center and is known as one of the finest summer music festivals in the country. In providing an incredible learning experience to students from around the world, Kent/Blossom Music boasts distinguished alumni who perform with some of the world’s most impressive organizations, such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and such world-renowned string quartets as the Miami, Emerson, Euclid and Turtle Island.

In addition to a full schedule of concerts performed by the students, the community is invited to enjoy five concerts performed by the faculty of Kent/Blossom Music, which includes members of the Cleveland Orchestra, the world-renowned Miami String Quartet and the School’s Steinway Artists in Residence Donna Lee and Jerry Wong.

“This is such a unique experience for people to hear the extraordinary talents of the Cleveland Orchestra artists in such an up-close-and-personal setting,” said Ivan Chan, interim co-artistic director of Kent/Blossom Music and member of the Miami String Quartet. “We truly hope the community will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”

The five Faculty Concerts throughout the summer take place in the Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s Ludwig Recital Hall in the Music and Speech Center, located on Theatre Drive in Kent. Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors and $5 for students younger than 18 or with a valid college ID. For tickets, call 330-672-2613.

SUMMER 2010

June 30, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Spencer Myer and the Miami String Quartet

Performing Joan Tower Quartet no. 4 Angels
Schumann Quintet in E flat major for Piano and Strings opus 44
Brahms Quintet in F minor for Piano and Strings opus 30

July 7, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Miami String Quartet

Franz Josef Haydn Quartet in D major opus 20 #4
Peteris Vasks Quartet #3
Robert Schumann Quartet in A major opus 41 #3

July 21, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Choong Jin Chang, Amy Lee, Jerry Wong, Donna Lee and members of the Miami String Quartet

Brahms Sonata for viola and piano in F minor opus 120
Mozart Quartet in E flat major for piano and strings K. 493
Mendelssohn Quintet in B flat opus 87 for 2 violins, 2 violas, and cello

Special Event: July 28, 7:30 p.m.
Side-by-Side Serenades
Kent Blossom Chamber Players will be led by members of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Miami String Quartet.

Mozart Serenade No. 10 in B flat major Gran Partita K. 361
Dvořák Serenade for Strings in E major opus 22

August 4, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Cleveland Orchestra Trio, Richard King, Joshua Smith and Amy Lee

Martinu Sonata for piano and flute H. 306
Brahms Trio for Piano Horn and Violin in E flat major opus 40
Schubert Piano Trio in B flat opus 99

Programs are subject to change. For more information on other concert opportunities, visit http://dept.kent.edu/blossom/.

About Kent/Blossom Music:
Kent/Blossom Music is an advanced training institute for professional music training operated by Kent State University in cooperation with the Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center presenting public performances by distinguished artist faculty and talented young musicians. Under the direction of Interim Co-Artistic Directors Keith “Robby” Robinson and Ivan Chan, both Kent State music faculty and members of Miami String Quartet, the program has just launched its Kent/Blossoming Music Campaign, a $1 million campaign to celebrate the legacy of this program and to ensure its long-term success. Currently, the program relies on the support of its alumni, patrons and friends to provide financial foundation. For more information on giving opportunities, please contact Shawn Gordon at 330-672-8484 or sgordo10@kent.edu.

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Media Contacts:
Keith “Robby” Robinson or Ivan Chan, kbm@kent.edu, 330-672-2613
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595