Blossoming Gala | Kent State University

Blossoming Gala

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
KENT STATE BALLROOM

An evening filled with art, musical theatre and chamber music that will commemorate 50 years of the Kent/Blossom legacy which has touched over 100,000 students and audience members’ lives over the course of five decades. Our evening will take guests back in time as we pay homage to each program’s most memorable and pivotal moments.  The evening will include a cash bar cocktail hour with live entertainment, a sit-down dinner followed by an evening of live entertainment.

Mission:  To raise scholarship money for the 2019 season’s student scholarships.

 

Blossoming Gala: Celebrating the 50-year Legacy of Kent Blossom

Broadway performer and Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter Alice Ripley will perform a set of Broadway tunes from Broadway shows for which she was an original member. Ms. Ripley graduated from Kent State's School of Theatre and Dance in 1986 and appeared in Apple in Eden, Babes in Arms and Robin Hood on the Porthouse Theatre stage.  Her Broadway credits  include being an original cast member in  Sunset Boulevard, Side Show (for which she was Tony nominated for her role and performed at the Tony Awards), The Who’s Tommy and The Dead.  Ripley also appeared in the original cast of Les Misérables at the Imperial Theatre as Fantine.  It was her work as Diana in the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera Next to Normal, for which she earned her Tony Award. 

 

The evening’s entertainment will also include distinguished clarinetist David Shifrin who was a student at  the Kent Blossom Music Festival in 1970.  Shifrin will perform Debussy and Bernstein with Steinway Artist in Residence, Donna Lee.  He will also perform the Weber Quintet with the School of Music’s Efferus String Quartet.  Shifrin is an in-demand orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator.  He has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony.  Plus, he has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit and Phoenix symphonies. 

 

Finally, Philip Pearlstein, the influential American painter best known for Modernist Realism nudes who has been cited by critics as the preeminent figure painter of the 1960s to 2000s in realist art will be the third guest artist of the evening.  Pearlstein's work is in over seventy museum’s collections in the United States, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, amongst others.  Pearlstein will be in attendance to meet and greet with guests, while several of his works will be on display.  Pearlstein will ruminate about his time teaching at Kent Blossom Art in 1969 and his work and career over the decades.

 

TICKETS
 

Platinum Sponsor Table - Corporate/Foundations - $5,000 ($4,400 is tax deductible)
  • Superior table placement for dinner and the program
  • 8 tickets to the private VIP cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception
  • Commemorative hand-designed art pieces for each guest
  • Photo opportunity with one special guest artist
  • Full page ad prominently placed in the evening’s program
  • Link to company website site from Kent State College of the Arts website.
  • Complimentary valet parking for all 8 guests
     
Gold Star SponsorTable - $2,500 ($1,940 is tax deductible)
  • Superior table placement for dinner and the program
  • 8 tickets to the private VIP cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception
  • A special commemorative hand-designed art piece per couple (or one per single guest)
  • Photo opportunity with one special guest artist
  • Complimentary valet parking for all 8 guests

 

Silver Benefactor Sponsor Couple - $500 ($360 is tax deductible)
Silver Benefactor Sponsor Single - $250 ($180 is tax deductible)
  • VIP priority seating for dinner and the program
  • 2 tickets to the private VIP cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception
  • A special commemorative gift per couple
  • Special photo opportunity with a special guest artist.
  • Prominent acknowledgement in the evening’s program
  • Complimentary valet parking

 

Bronze Patron $250 Couple ($170 is tax deductible)
  • Commemorative photo from event
  • Special event favor

 

Supporter Single - $125 per person ($105 is tax deductible)
  • Commemorative photo from event
  • Special event favor

 

Purchase Here

 

If you are interested in purchasing a Corporate/Foundation Table or a Gold Star Table, please call Director of Advancement Linda Motosko at 330-672-8484 or email  lmotosko@kent.edu.

 

Coming in from out of town for our event?  We have a block of rooms reserved for all Blossoming Gala guests at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. Call 330-346-0100 or visit www.KentStateHotel.com and mention special rate code BLG18. Limited number of rooms available.

 

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