Director's Letter

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE -

I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe.

It is with deep sadness and regret that I inform you of the 2020 Kent Blossom Music Festival season cancellation. Please know that this cancelation of programming is for our Faculty concerts, Young Artist performances and all educational activities related to the festival at the Kent State campus only. This does not include other independent programming of The Cleveland Orchestra. The Cleveland Orchestra will keep the public informed of its Blossom Music Festival schedule this summer, which is currently scheduled to take place; however, Kent Blossom Music Festival will not be taking place.

As I shared earlier, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic closely. This difficult decision was made in accordance with the order of Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton, M.D. to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus. For us, the safety of our students, faculty, patrons, donors, host families and staff is our top priority and it is our duty to ensure the well being of our entire KBMF community. You all play an important role in this festival and we will absolutely miss sharing our summer with each and every one of you.

We remain hopeful and optimistic, eagerly looking forward to our full return in 2021. The festival will continue to expand upon the philosophy of one of its leading founders, George Szell, who believed that “individual responsibility and artistic sensitivity as found in chamber music performance represent the essence of musicianship in any medium”. KBMF will continue its commitment to train the future generations of classical musicians and present the finest chamber music in Northeast Ohio!

Even though we are unable to present in-person Faculty Concerts and Young Artist programs this summer, we are already working toward rebroadcasting past performances every Wednesday at 7:30 pm during the month of July. I will continue to communicate with you in the coming days and weeks with more details. Please know that I am here for you - feel free to contact me directly at rsepulv1@kent.edu or 330-672-0397 with any questions, concerns or thoughts you may have.

I will miss you and I can’t wait to see you again.
Until then, please stay safe.

With every best wish,
Ricardo Sepúlveda
Director, Kent Blossom Music Festival