The Kent/Blossom Music Festival (KBMF) celebrates its 49th season!

A summer partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra presenting some of the finest chamber music in Northeast Ohio.

Kent, Ohio – KBMF offers a special and unique program with unparalleled excellence in chamber music, private instruction, and a terrific working relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra. This year, KBMF will again feature its highly-anticipated Faculty Concert Series, which features performances by some of the regions most coveted musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as a variety of world-class soloists.

Highlights of the upcoming season include a recital by The Cleveland Orchestra’s Associate Concertmaster Jung-Min Amy Lee and First Associate Concertmaster Peter Otto; the Miami String Quartet in concert with Steinway Artist, Spencer Myer; and performances by Kent State University faculty Yu Jin, Danna Sundet and Jerry Wong joined by members of The Cleveland Orchestra Katherine Bormann, Alan DeMattia, Tanya Ell, Joela Jones, Stanley Konopka, Marisela Sager, Isabel Trautwein, Richard Weiss and Robert Woolfrey.

In collaboration with the Kulas Foundation we are excited to announce a special performance and masterclass by the virtuoso American trio, Time for Three as the Kulas Visiting Guest Artist. Beginning in 2013, this program was established to bring an artist of stature to spend one week, of the five-week festival, to work intensively with our most talented students. KBMF is happy to make this one-of-a-kind concert a free gift to the community and open to the public.

Additionally, the public is invited to enjoy the talents of some of the world's finest young musicians performing in KBMF's Student Concert Series, which are free and open to all. This year, KBMF will be joined by 43 students from all over the world whose visit will culminate into a side-by-side performance with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. 

As in past seasons we are offering discounted concert subscriptions. A four-concert subscription is $70 for adults and $50 for seniors, with a total savings of $10 for the subscriber. We are also offering a $20 subscription for college students with a valid I.D. Also, thanks to a generous donation from a long-time supporter and patron of KBMF, anyone 18 and under can attend the concerts for free. Make sure you spread the word about this wonderful opportunity!

Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 330-672-2787 or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent (previously known as the Music and Speech Building) between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Single tickets are also available, with adults $20, seniors $15 and college students $5. The Ludwig Recital Hall box office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk up sales, and will accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting


Faculty Concert Series

Concerts in this series are ticketed through the Performing Arts Box Office

Concert No. 1

Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. - Ludwig Recital Hall

Jung-Min Amy Lee, violin
with Peter Otto, violin

Chaconne from Partita in D Minor

Etude 4 (2006)

Etude 5 - Hommage à Niccolò Paganini (2008)

Sonata No. 3 in D Minor "Ballade" (1923)

Etude 6 - Salome's Lullaby (2010)

Sonata for Two Solo Violins (1967)

J. S. Bach

Jörg Widmann

Jörg Widmann

Eugène Ysaÿe

Jörg Widmann

Eugène Ysaÿe


Concert No. 2

Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. - Ludwig Recital Hall

Miami String Quartet

with Spencer Myer, piano

String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"

Milagros for String Quartet (2010)

Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25

Ludwig van Beethoven

Gabriela Lena Frank

Johannes Brahms


Concert No. 3

Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. - Cartwright Hall

Kulas Guest Artist Time for Three

Program TBA


Concert No. 4

Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. - Ludwig Recital Hall

Marisela Sager, flute; Robert Woolfrey, clarinet; Katherine Bormann, violin; Isabel Trautwein, violin; Yu Jin, viola; Stanley Konopka, viola; Tanya Ell, cello; Jerry Wong, piano

Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano (1937)

Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147 (1975)

Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 (1940)

Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich


Concert No. 5

Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. - Ludwig Recital Hall

Danna Sundet, oboe; Alan DeMattia, horn; Richard Weiss, cello; Joela Jones, piano

Gabriel's Oboe (1986)

Trio for Oboe, Horn and Piano, Op. 188

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor (1915)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Minor, Op. 6 (1932)

Ennio Morricone, arr. Erik Sundet

Carl Reinecke

Claude Debussy

Samuel Barber


The KBMF also provides students with the opportunity to perform throughout their residency.  Below is the list of concerts which are open and free to the public.  Tickets are not required.


Student Concert Series

Concerts in this series are FREE and open to the public

Recital No. 1

Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.
- Ludwig Recital Hall

Sonata No. 1 in G Major

Serenade in C Minor, K. 388

Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79

Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

Gioachino Rossini

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Camille Saint-Saëns

Johannes Brahms


Recital No. 2

Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m.
- Ludwig Recital Hall

Horn Trio, Op. 40

Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 103

Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass (1925)

Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 (1940)

Johannes Brahms

Ludwig van Beethoven

Erwin Shulhoff

Dmitri Shostakovich


Recital No. 3

Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m.

Hudson Library & Historical Society

Bachianos Brasileiras No. 6 (1938)

Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 (1902)

Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Ernő Dohnányi

Felix Mendelssohn

Recital No. 4

Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. - Ludwig Recital Hall

Sextet for Piano and Winds (1981)

Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115

Piano Quintet in C Minor

Lee Hoiby

Johannes Brahms

Alexander Borodin


Recital No. 5

Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. - Ludwig Recital Hall

Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (1953)

Piano Trio in D Major, Op.70, No.1 "The Ghost"

Quintet in G Minor, Op. 39 (1923)

Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 15

György Ligeti

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sergei Prokofiev

César Franck


Recital No. 6

Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m. - Ludwig Recital Hall

Romans de Rois (2007)

Phases for Wind Quintet (2007)

Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 (1919)

Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11

Margaret Griebling-Haigh

Jeffrey Rathbun

Sergei Prokofiev

Robert Schumann

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Recital No. 7

Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. Hudson Library & Historical Society

String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 108 (1960)

String Quartet No. 61, Op. 76, No. 2 “Fifths”

Divertissement for bassoon and string quintet (1942)

String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48

Dmitri Shostakovich

Franz Joseph Haydn

Jean Françaix

Antonín Dvořák


Recital No. 8

Sunday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. - Ludwig Recital Hall

Miniatures for String Quartet (1945)

Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

Suite for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71 (1903)

Suite in B-flat Major, Op. 4

Sulkhan Tsintsadze

Antonín Dvořák

Moritz Moszkowski

Richard Strauss


Performances at Blossom Music Center:

Tickets for this series are available through The Cleveland Orchestra by calling 216-231-1111.

Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m.

Kent/Blossom Music Festival Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m.

Kent/Blossom Music Festival Side-by-Side with The Cleveland Orchestra

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