Director's Letter

Dear Kent Blossom Music Festival Friends,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather and that you are doing well! 

As we all know, this past year was challenging. Yet, these challenges provided opportunities for learning, exploring, and innovating. I could not think of a better way for us to return to some sense of normality than through the powerful gift of music.

Please allow me to share updates and positive news regarding the 2021 season of Kent Blossom Music Festival. The festival will take place between July 11 and August 1, 2021 and it will blend online and in-person activities. 

The festival has been approved to resume educational activities remotely. The students who were accepted for Summer 2020 will virtually participate this season in lessons and masterclasses with our esteemed faculty from The Cleveland Orchestra, Kent State University and visiting artists. 

Also, we received permission and support to present four in-person concerts in Ludwig Recital Hall. These concerts will also be live streamed. Therefore, it is my great honor to personally invite you to join us! Our impressive summer has two Kulas Visiting Artist concerts featuring violinist Paul Huang and pianist Helen Huang as well as flutist Demarre McGill and pianist Rodolfo Leone. Two additional concerts will feature our string quartet in residence, the Miami String Quartet, and members from our world-renowned faculty and The Cleveland Orchestra. 

This Summer’s schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 14, at 7:30pm – Paul Huang, violin, and Helen Huang, piano 
Wednesday, July 21, at 7:30pm – Demarre McGill, flute, and Rodolfo Leone, piano
Friday, July 23, at 7:30pm – Miami String Quartet 
Wednesday, July 28, at 7:30pm – Members of The Cleveland Orchestra
Set 1: Joela Jones, piano; Richard Weiss, cello; Yun-Ting Lee, violin; Maximilian Dimoff, bass
Set 2: Jeffrey Rathbun,oboe; Corbin Stair, oboe; Daniel McKelway, clarinet; Robert Woolfrey, clarinet; Barrick Stees, bassoon; Gareth Thomas, bassoon; Michael Mayhew, horn; Jesse McCormick, horn

For concert and ticket information, please click here.

This summer would not be possible without you and your continuous support, generosity, and friendship. I am so looking forward to seeing you this summer and experiencing live music together. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any concerns, questions, or would like to talk. 

Sending you all my best and well wishes,
Ricardo Sepúlveda