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Kent/Blossom Music's Upcoming Serenades Will Wow Audiences

Posted Jul. 16, 2010

Kent/Blossom Music's Faculty Concert Series features members of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Miami String Quartet alongside students.

Kent State University's Kent/Blossom Music program will present the next in its series of Faculty Concerts.  The upcoming concert "Side-by-Side Serenades" will feature members of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Miami String Quartet who serve as faculty for the summer music intensive. The Kent Blossom Chamber Players, made up of students of the program, will play alongside.  The concert is on Wednesday, July 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music's Ludwig Recital Hall in the Music and Speech Building at 1325 Theatre Drive.  Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors and $5 for students under 18 or with a valid College ID and are available at the door.  Cash or check only. For more information call 330-672-2613.

Scheduled to perform Antonin Dvořák's uplifting piece, Serenade for Strings in E major opus 22 are the Cleveland Orchestra's assistant concert master Peter Otto, principal violist Robert Vernon, cellist David Alan Harrel, and bassist Scott Haigh.  Additionally, violinist of the Miami String Quartet, Kathy Meng Robinson, will perform.

The program continues Mozart's Serenade No. 10 in B flat major "Gran Partita" K. 361.  Performed by assistant principal oboist Jeffrey Rathbun, assistant principal clarinetist Daniel McKelway and principal horn player Richard King.

"Audiences are really going to delight in this program," said Ivan Chan, interim, co-artistic director of Kent /Blossom Music and member of the Miami String Quartet. "Seeing all of these truly brilliant musicians performing in such an up-close-and-personal way is really a unique opportunity for the community. We truly hope the community will take advantage of it."

Kent Blossom Music is a 43-year old collaboration between the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center, and 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.

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

Students from Kent/Blossom Music's 2010 summer intensive program rehearse three to four hours a day followed by one-on-ones with a faculty member from either The Cleveland Orchestra or the Miami String Quartet who provide them with invaluable critiques of their works.

Students from Kent/Blossom Music's 2010 summer intensive rehearse three to four hours a day followed by one-on-ones with a faculty member from either The Cleveland Orchestra or the Miami String Quartet who provide them with invaluable critiques of their works.


For more information, please contact:
Keith "Robby" Robinson or Ivan Chan, 330-672-2613 or kbm@kent.edu
Or Effie Tsengas, 330-672-8398 or etsengas@kent.edu


Attention editors: Digital images of current students participating in the 2010 summer season are available by contacting Effie A. Tsengas.

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 $1M 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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