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Kent State University College of the Arts Celebrates Dual Milestones

Posted Sep. 5, 2012

Arnoldo CohenThe Kent State University's College of the Arts is celebrating two milestones. The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series, known for presenting impressive guest artists since 2002 to the Kent State campus and community in the areas of visual arts, music, theatre, dance and architecture, celebrates its tenth anniversary. Furthermore, the College's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music recently acquired the All-Steinway designation after completing its Steinway campaign. In honor of these two most impressive accomplishments, the College, in conjunction with the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series, proudly presents a free concert by pianist Arnaldo Cohen to the Kent State campus on Sat., Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. The performance by the highly lauded Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen, will take place in the University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, 650 Hilltop Drive, on the campus of Kent State University. Free parking is available in the Cartwright Hall lot off of Terrace Drive. This marks the second Thomas Schroth Series event during this week. "Up Close and Personal with Ben Vereen" is a free, open-to-the-public event just two nights before on Thurs., Oct. 11.

Performing on a nine-foot Steinway Concert Grand D, Cohen's program for the evening will include such pieces as Bach-Busoni "Chaconne," Alberto Nepomuceno "Air (from Suite Antiga)," Luis Levy "Valsa Lenta No. 4," Radames Gnattali "Valsa No. 7," Francisco Braga "Corrupio (Valsa Capricho)," Ernesto Nazareth "Odeon," Ernesto Nazareth "Apanhei-te Cavaquinho," Schumann "Arabesque op. 18" and Chopin's "Ballade No. 1" and "Scherzo No. 2."

The concert is free and open to the public. Advance ticket reservations are recommended to ensure a seat. To reserve a seat, call or visit the new performing arts box office at 330-672-ARTS (2787) in the Roe Green Center in the Music and Speech Building at 1325 Theatre Drive or reserve online at www.kent.edu/artscollege. The box office is open Mon.-Fri. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Non-reserved tickets will be offered at the door based on availability. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be provided in the lobby, following the concert.

Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen has a reputation for astonishing his audiences with the musical authority and blistering virtuosity of his performances. His graceful and unaffected platform manner belies playing of white-hot intensity, intellectual probity, and glittering bravura technique bordering on sheer wizardry.

The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series has presented guest artists respected in the fields of theatre, dance, visual arts, music and architecture. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artists Series, has brought such noted artists as Tony award-winning artists such as composer Stephen Schwartz, Next to Normal actress Alice Ripley; Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet; postmodern minimalist artist Richard Tuttle; artists and fashion designers Ruben and Isabel Toledo; and internationally-acclaimed dance company, Ballet Florida, just to name a few. The Schroth series was established in 2002 by the late Max and Cil Draime of Warren, Ohio, to honor their dear friend, Tom Schroth (1922-1997). A noted regional architect, Schroth designed the Butler Institute of Art's Trumbull museum in Howland, as well as numerous other award-winning projects. Thomas Schroth spent his life in Niles, Ohio, as a prominent architect and inveterate collaborator in the artistic life of the Mahoning Valley and Northeast Ohio. A world traveler, he saw human creativity as a window framing human experience. The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series brings diverse views through that window to the Kent campus and community. The events are always free and open to the public.

Additional Biographical Information on Arnaldo Cohen

Cohen has performed with the Royal Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome under such leading conductors as Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin and Wolfgang Sawallish.

Long in demand internationally, Mr. Cohen has in the past few years entered a rarefied echelon among performers in America as well. His recent performances have spanned the United States from Oregon to Florida and from Texas to Wisconsin. His 2011-12 season includes performances with the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Kansas City, Oregon and Jacksonville, as well as recital appearances in Philadelphia, Palm Beach, and La Jolla. In the previous 2010-11 season, Mr. Cohen performed all of the Beethoven Concerti with Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony and made a long-awaited debut with the St. Louis Symphony performing Beethoven's 4th Concerto.

The Chicago Symphony presented him in recital in the spring of 2011, as did Philadelphia's prestigious Chamber Music Society and presenters in San Francisco, Quebec, Toronto, Richmond and Denver. His 2009-10 engagements with symphony orchestras included those in London, Seattle and Jacksonville. Summer festival appearances that season included Blossom, where he performed Tchaikovsky's 1st concerto with The Cleveland Orchestra and Jahja Ling. International engagements in the 2010-11 season included performances in Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.

Arnaldo Cohen came to prominence after winning First Prize at the 1972 Busoni International Piano Competition and making his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. For five years, he was a member of the acclaimed Amadeus Trio and has performed with many string quartets, including the Lindsay and Chillingirian Quartets. He began his musical studies at the age of five, graduating from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with an honors degree in both piano and violin, while also studying for an engineering degree. He went on to become a professional violinist in the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Orchestra to earn his livelihood while continuing piano studies with Jacques Klein, a disciple of the legendary American pianist William Kapell. Cohen pursued further training in Vienna with Bruno Seidlhofer and Dieter Weber.

He is a frequent recording artist, with recent discs including a 2007 rendering of the two Liszt Piano Concerti and the "Totentanz" with the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra for BIS Records. His other two critically acclaimed CDs on the same label are an all-Liszt solo disc, and his pioneering CD, "Three Centuries of Brazilian Music." In 2009, he recorded Rachmaninoff's 4th Concerto with the Sao Paulo State Symphony with Yan Pascal Tortelier conducting as a part of the complete cycle of the Rachmaninoff Concerti.

Cohen is the recipient of an honorary fellowship awarded by the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and until recently held a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music in London. After living in London for 23 years, he relocated in 2004 to the United States where he holds a full professorship at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

For more information visit www.kent.edu/artscollege.

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Media Contact:
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8298

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