BRAVO! Kent State Arts

In 2013 the College of the Arts partnered with Hudson Cable to launch "Bravo! Kent State Arts," a television show that explores and highlights exciting events and talented, creative faculty and students found here at Kent State. It is distributed to five different cable access stations servicing a total of nine municipalities in the Northeast Ohio area. Effie Tsengas, Communication & Marketing Director in the College of the Arts, is host, writer and producer. She is assisted by Brian Suntken, videographer, editor and director.

January, 2015

  • This month assistant professor and curator of the Kent State Museum, Sara Hume will show us the Museum's very popular exhibition "The Great War" which, for any "Downton Abbey" fans, will be quite a treat.
  • In addition, enjoy an amazing dance piece presented by our School of Theatre and Dance which was choreographed by associate professor of dance Barbara Allegra Verlezza, and the impressive sounds of the Kent State Wind Ensemble, headed by director of bands and associate professor of music, Jesse Leyva.

As the snow flies, cuddle up and enjoy the January episode of Bravo!

December, 2014

  • This month's program will highlight the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundations' tribute exhibition of local fashion illustrator Norma Wagner Uray which was curated by Fashion School Director J.R. Campbell and KSU graduate student Deanne Burritt-Peffer.  
  • Then enjoy a breathtaking performance by our Kent State University Orchestra of Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saens.  
  • Finally, prepare to be awestruck by some of the standout student fashion designers from the 2014 Fashion School Fashion Show which took place in the Kent State University Museum.

July, 2014

  • A performance by our Kent State Orchestra under the tutelage of orchestra director, Charles Latshaw. Winner of the Concerto Competition, graduate student Yuka Nakayama-Lewicki, earned the slot to perform her chosen piece - Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra, S. 126 by Franz Liszt with the Orchestra.
  • Our second segment of the show features a two-time Kent State art grad, Jance Lentz (Hatch) who recently showed her work at the Eells Gallery at Blossom Music Center.  Her oil paintings of gardens and landscapes are just breathtaking.  Enjoy this interview with Jance as she shares her inspiration, her mentors and how the School of Art shaped her into the amazing artist she is today.

Can't Get Enough Bravo? Watch the July 2014 episode here!

February, 2014

  • Please enjoy this performance by our newly formed quintet, The Verve Chamber Players, who perform Ernst von Dohnanyi's Piano Quintet No. 1 in C-minor. Op 1
  • Then, from Dance 2013:This Time, an emotionally choreographed piece by dance professor, Kimberly Karpanty that will undoubtedly move you by its poignant subject matter and theatrical intensity.
  • Finally, a promotional video of The Fashion School's New York City Studio, located in the heart of the garment district.

 view the High level of expertise brought by FACULTY in this episode!

July, 2013

  • Fiber artist and weaving authority, Janice Lessman-Moss, head of the School of Art's crafts area of Fiber and Textiles
  • Jim Weaver, guest director and choreographer for Porthouse Theatre's show Working
  • Former KSU President Lester Lefton featuring his photography

enjoy watching three very special people acquainted with us, In The July 2013 episode!

May, 2013

  • The KSU Opera Program
  • The KSU Museum and Director Jean Druesedow
  • The Senior student dance program and performance

View The May 2013 Episode to see three areas in the College of the Arts SHOWCASED!

April, 2013

  • Interview about the National Ceramics Juried Cup Show with  Professor Kirk Mangus
  • Plus, a sneak peak at the musical theatre students' showcase and hear more about the program from Professor Terri Kent
  • A performance by the Miami String Quartet with faculty member and Steinway artist Jerry Wong from last summer's Kent/Blossom Music Festival.

Looking for some entertainment? Watch the April 2013 episode of Bravo!

February, 2013

  • Tony Award-winning actor Michael Rupert who visited campus as the Roe Green Visiting Director to direct Spring Awakening for the School of Theatre and Dance
  • Kevin Wolfgang of the Fashion School's TechStyleLab who addresses the new digital fabric design technology available to the community
  • A wonderful concert from the 2012 Kent/Blossom Music Festival Faculty Concert Series featuring the Miami String Quartet and Jerry Wong.

Watch the very first episode of Bravo from February 2013!