Kent Blossom Music Festival Announces Return of In-person Concerts for 2021
Kent, Ohio — Kent Blossom Music Festival returns July 11 through August 1 in a blended format with four live, in-person concerts as well as virtual educational programming for a select group of invited Young Artists. All in-person concerts will be ticketed and take place in Kent State University Glauser School of Music’s Ludwig Recital Hall. Each concert will also be live streamed for free.
“I’m thrilled to be able to offer a Festival experience that blends in-person and virtual elements,” said Ricardo Sepulveda, director of the Kent Blossom Music Festival. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the Kulas Foundation, we’re able to offer two concerts on our Kulas Visiting Artist Series featuring four internationally-renowned artists as well as two more concerts featuring the Miami String Quartet and members of The Cleveland Orchestra.”
The first Faculty Concert Series performance on Wed., July 14 at 7:30 p.m. will feature Kulas Visiting Artists violinist Paul Huang and pianist Helen Huang. Works on this concert include sonatas by Mendelssohn, Corigliano, Ysaÿe and Franck. On the second concert will be Kulas Visiting Artists flutist Demarre McGill and pianist Rodolfo Leone performing diverse works by Valerie Coleman, Lowell Liebermann, William Grant and Yuko Uebayashi. This concert is Wed., July 21 at 7:30 p.m. More information about these internationally acclaimed artists can be found at www.kent.edu/blossom/kulas-visiting-artist-series.
Kent Blossom Music Festival’s third concert on Fri., July 23 at 7:30 p.m. marks the return of Northeast Ohio favorites the Miami String Quartet—Festival Quartet-in-Residence—to the Ludwig Recital Hall stage. Violinists Benny Kim and Cathy Meng Robinson, violist Scott Lee and cellist Keith Robinson will present a program featuring works by Haydn, Schulhoff and Dvorak.
Concluding the 2021 Faculty Concert Series will be members of The Cleveland Orchestra and Festival faculty. Specific performers and repertoire for this Wed., July 28, 7:30 p.m. concert will be released soon. More information about the performers and concerts can be found at www.kent.edu/blossom/concerts.
Subscriptions and single tickets for all four performances can be purchased by the general public starting June 7. Pricing per ticket starts at $25 for single tickets or $100 for all four concerts. 18s and under are free. Seating was recently expanded from the original 50 to 200. It is recommended to order tickets in advance, but some may be available at the door one hour before the start of each concert. Masks are requested for all unvaccinated individuals for the duration of their visit to the Glauser School of Music. Detailed ticket order and safety information can be found at www.kent.edu/blossom/ticket-information.
All concert live streams can be viewed for free at www.kent.edu/blossom/live-streaming.
Please note that this announcement does not reflect the independent programming of The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center. For information regarding concerts of The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center, please visit www.clevelandorchestra.com.
About Kent Blossom Music Festival
Kent Blossom Music Festival is a 53-year-old educational partnership between Kent State University, The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center. During the summer, Young Artists from around the world study with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, Glauser School of Music faculty and guest artists on the Kent State University Kent Campus. On average, 16 Faculty and Young Artist concerts are presented every season.
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