Kent State University Orchestra and Kent State Choirs Join Forces in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” and Fauré’s “Requiem”

Grand Finale of the 2016-2017 Subscription Series

The Kent State University Orchestra and Choirs join together to present the final concert of the orchestra’s 2016-2017 subscription series on Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. in University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. Cartwright Hall is at 650 Hilltop Drive on the Kent State University Kent campus. Free parking.

In their final concert of the season, the Kent State Orchestra and Choirs, under the direction of Katherine Kilburn and Scott MacPherson respectively, will perform staples of the orchestral and choral repertoire. They will also be joined by the Revere High School Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Alice Ward Forney (BM, ’15). Audience members will first be treated to Beethoven's “Choral Fantasy for Orchestra, Choir and Solo Piano.” Conducted by Scott MacPherson, this work will feature several soloists. Faculty soloists include Jerry Wong, piano and Steinway Artist-in-Residence; Melissa Davis, soprano; and Jay White, countertenor. New York-based vocalists Sarah Brailey, soprano, and Tim Krol, bass, will join the faculty and orchestra. Kent State graduate student Spencer Boyd, tenor, will also perform. 

Premiered in Wisconsin in 2016 by the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, the second work on the program is “Song of Jubilation” by Cleveland-based composer Andrew Rindfleisch. Conducted by Scott MacPherson, this will be the Ohio premiere. The program will conclude with the intimately orchestrated and peaceful “Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré. This piece will also feature guest organist Mary Ragna Yetter and will be conducted by Katherine Kilburn.

American soprano and pianist, Sarah Brailey, obtained her Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and her Master of Music degree in voice performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Music. Hailed by The New York Times for her “radiant, liquid tone,” “exquisitely phrased,” and “sweetly dazzling” singing, Sarah Brailey is in growing demand as a concert and chamber music artist across all genres of music. She has performed Steve Reich at Carnegie Hall, John Zorn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with Kanye West and Roomful of Teeth at the Hollywood Bowl. Grammy Award-winning vocalist, Tim Krol, has a repertoire spanning from early music to modern classical and opera. For nine years he performed with a cappella vocal ensemble Chanticleer and can be heard on thirteen of their recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning “Colors of Love.” He regularly performs with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Trinity Choir and more.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State University faculty and staff, $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons, $8 for non Kent State students who are not eligible for the Fee for Free and free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students. Also, thanks to a generous donation from a long-time supporter and patron of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, anyone 18 and under can attend the concerts for free, although a ticket must be reserved.

Tickets are available weekdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the campus of Kent State University. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.

The Cartwright Hall Box Office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk up sales, however, we encourage patrons to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787). You may purchase adult and senior tickets online by visiting


POSTED: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 9:49am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 1:43pm