Violinist Jennifer Koh, our 2017 Kulas Guest Artist, is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. An adventurous musician, she collaborates with artists of multiple disciplines and curates projects that find connections between music of all eras from traditional to contemporary. She believes that all the arts and music of the past and present form a continuum and has premiered over 50 works written especially for her.
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Art Exhibition & Silent Auction to benefit Planned Parenthood of Ohio
Location: Downtown Gallery, 141 East Main Street, Kent, OH
Date: Silent Auction is One Night Only! June 29, 2017, 5–8 p.m.
Preview the exhibition & auction on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27-28, 11-5 p.m. with "buy it now" options.
On Water – recent work by Hilary D. Gent
July 1 - 29, 2017
On Water is a solo exhibition at Eells Gallery featuring recent paintings by Kent State School of Art alumna and owner/operator of Hedge Gallery in Cleveland, Hilary Gent. The exhibition will be on view from July 1 – 29, 2017, two hours prior to and through intermission of every Cleveland Orchestra Concert. Eells Gallery is located at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W Steels Corners Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.
Join us for the opening of Miwa Neishi, a solo exhibition of her current work on Thursday, July 6 from 5-7 p.m. Abstract paintings, drawings, and ceramics created by the School of Art alumna will be on view from July 3 - 29, 2017 at the Downtown Gallery. Both the reception and the show are free and open to the public.
Praised in The New York Times as having “everything one wants in a quartet: a rich, precisely balanced sound, a broad coloristic palette, real unity of interpretive purpose and seemingly unflagging energy,” the Miami String Quartet has established its place among the most widely respected quartets in America. For over twenty years, their diversity in programming, poise in performance, keen sense of ensemble and impeccable musicality has made the Miami String Quartet one of the most sought after quartets in chamber music today.
Mark Kosower, a consummate artist equally at home internationally as a recital and concerto soloist and as principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra, launches his 2016/17 concert season performing the Haydn C Major Concerto with Jorge Mester and the Orquesta Filarmónica Boca del Rio in Mexico. In addition to his prominent performing career, he is Teacher of Cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is on the faculty at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.
The fourth concert of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival Faculty Series will feature several members of The Cleveland Orchestra including assistant principal clarinetist Daniel McKelway; former principal horn and current section member Richard King; and viola section member Lembi Veskimets. Joining them will be soprano Amelia Baisley and pianist Hyunsoon Whang.
Concluding the Kent/Blossom Music Festival Faculty Series will be members of The Cleveland Orchestra Barrick Stees, assistant principal bassoon; Frank Rosenwein, principal oboe; Richard Weiss, first assistant principal cello; and Kent State University faculty member and Steinway Artist Jerry Wong, piano.
Together they will perform an exciting program on Wednesday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for Performing Arts on the Kent State University Kent campus. Free parking.
Spend the day at KSU’s School of Theatre and Dance learning about the college dance experience at Kent State. Students will take Kent State dance classes, interact with faculty members and current students and learn about Kent State's dance degree options.
by Lynn Nottage
October 6 - 15, 2017
Directed by Fabio Polanco
In 1905 New York, Esther, a black seamstress, creates exquisite lingerie for her clients who range from wealthy white women to prostitues. With her talent and discretion in high demand, Esther's plans for a life beyond the boarding house where she lives have never seemed more within reach. But when society and circumstance challenge her dreams, Esther will have to sew a new path into the fabric of her life.