Director's Letter | Kent Blossom Music Festival | Kent State University

Director's Letter

I am personally inviting you to join us at Kent State University to celebrate a monumental summer as we mark the 50th anniversary of our partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra, known to many as the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Created in 1968, the festival was a labor of love for its founders George Szell, the orchestra’s music director; Louis Lane, its associate conductor; Kent State’s John A. Flower, dean of the College of Fine and Professional Arts; and Lindsey Merrill, director of the School of Music. Today, our program boasts over 2,500 alumni who can be found performing for some of the world’s most impressive organizations such as The Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to name a few.
 
This year’s Kulas Foundation concert will feature two of our hugely successful alumni: violinist Philip Setzer and cellist Jerry Grossman. Please help us welcome the nine-time Grammy-award winning, Emerson String Quartet, with Jerry Grossman on Wed., July 18, at 7:30 p.m. After the concert, please join the artists for a complimentary wine reception.
 
Our series of faculty concerts this summer feature fantastic artists from The Cleveland Orchestra, Kent State’s revered faculty and guest artists. Purchase a subscription to the faculty series and save even more! The quality of concerts you will experience for this value is amazing! All faculty concerts take place at Kent State’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s Ludwig Recital Hall, where parking is free.
 
I also encourage you to attend the Student Concert Series, where our 43 visiting students bring to life exciting chamber music masterpieces. Please see the Student Concert Series schedule for dates and times to enjoy these free concerts.
 
I look forward to seeing you this summer! 

Best regards,
Ricardo Sepúlveda
Director
Kent/Blossom Music Festival