Kent Blossom Music Festival Cancels 2020 Season in Response to COVID-19

Kent, OH — In accordance with the order of Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton, M.D. to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, Kent Blossom Music Festival regretfully announces the cancellation of its 2020 season, scheduled for June 28 – August 2, 2020. 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.

As a result of this difficult decision, the five-concert Faculty Concert Series, the 11-concert Young Artist Concert Series, and all educational activities of the festival will not take place as originally scheduled on the Kent State University Kent campus. Currently, the Kent campus is closed to the public through July 8, 2020.

“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 community,” said Ricardo Sepúlveda, assistant professor and director of the Kent Blossom Music Festival. “We remain hopeful and optimistic, eagerly looking forward to our full return in 2021, continuing our commitment to train the future generations of classical musicians and present the finest chamber music in Northeast Ohio.”

Plans are currently underway to present a digital concert series of past performances during the month of July when the festival was slated to take place. A full schedule of these concert broadcasts and how to view them will be released in early May.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 1:29pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 3:01pm