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Kent/Blossom Music Festival Presents Cleveland Orchestra Members Amy Lee, Alicia Koelz, Joanna Zakany and Tanya Ell

Posted Jul. 22, 2013

The Kent/Blossom Music Festival 2013 Faculty Concert Series continues with the OMNI String Quartet on Tuesday, July 23. All faculty concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall located in the Music and Speech Building at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. Call 330-672-0398 to purchase tickets over the phone or visit www.kent.edu/blossom.

The OMNI String Quartet, an all-female string quartet comprised of members of the Cleveland Orchestra, will perform “Duo For Violin and Cello Op. 7” by Zoltán Kodály, “String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85” by Béla Bartók and “String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Amy Lee, violinist, joined the Cleveland Orchestra as associate concertmaster in March 2008 and has worked with Kent/Blossom Music since 2009. Lee was a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 15, and she has performed with ensembles including the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra and Germany’s Baden-Baden Philharmonic.

Violinist Alicia Koelz is originally from Minneapolis, Minn. and has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra's first violin section since 2005. As a soloist, she has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber orchestra, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among others. Koelz's most influential teachers have included Almita and Roland Vamos, William Preucil, Sally O'Reilly and Mary West.

Joanna Zakany joined the viola section of the Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of the 2006-2007 season. Prior to that, she served as principal viola of the Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, and as principal viola of the Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra. Zakany is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Cleveland Orchestra Principal Viola Robert Vernon.

Cellist Tanya Ell joined the Cleveland Orchestra in 2007, after serving as assistant principle cello for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ell earned a bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has participated in summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival.

The Kent/Blossom Music Festival Faculty Concerts feature performances by the high-profile musicians who serve as faculty for the students attending the Kent/Blossom Music summer music program, including members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Single tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $5 for students. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks and cash. Call 330-672-0398 to purchase tickets over the phone or visit www.kent.edu/blossom.