2016-2017 Kent Keyboard Series Promises to Be a Shining Season of Artistry
The Piano Division of Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music proudly presents its 2016-2017 Kent Keyboard Series. This season features a shining season of artistry. Performances began in September and will continue through April.
Pridonoff Duo, guest artists
Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff return to the Kent Keyboard Series to offer another sensational display of artistry for two pianos. Since 1982, the duo has performed to great acclaim and has been hailed for their “ … highest possible degree of pianistic artistry.” They have appeared at numerous festivals and conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia, in addition to being featured in publications and broadcasts, such as Clavier Magazine and "CBS Sunday Morning." They are emeriti professors of piano after 35 years of teaching at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
James Giles, guest artist
American pianist James Giles has given acclaimed recitals at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Paris’ Salle Cortot, London’s Purcell Room, Warsaw’s Chopin Academy and London’s Wigmore Hall, where a critic hailed his performance as “sheerly inspired.” Winner of the American Pianists Association Fellowship and the New Orleans International Piano Competition, Giles has commissioned and premiered works by William Bolcom, Stephen Hough, Lowell Liebermann, Augusta Read Thomas, Ned Rorem and Earl Wild, among others. He is on the faculty of Northwestern University.
The Late Works
Donna Lee and Jerry Wong, Kent State School of Music faculty members
Kent State’s piano faculty and resident Steinway artists Donna Lee and Jerry Wong present a compelling program of profound late works of Brahms’ solo Piano Pieces, Op. 119, and Beethoven’s 32nd Sonata, Op. 111, respectively. They join artistic forces in Schubert’s monumental Fantasie in F minor for Four-hands, D. 940, written in the composer’s last year of his life.
The Romantic Virtuoso
Eduardus Halim, guest artist
Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996, Eduardus Halim has consistently garnered wide acclaim in his live and recorded performances for his effortless technique and poetic artistry. He has performed with major orchestras around the world, including Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, among others. Halim was a pupil of legendary artists Sascha Gorodnitzki and Rudolf Firkusny at The Juilliard School. He later became the last pupil of Vladimir Horowitz, documented in a chapter of Harold Schonberg’s book Horowitz: His Life and Music. Halim is currently a member of the artist faculty at New York University.
Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors and Kent State faculty and staff; $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons and $8 for non-Kent State students who are not eligible for the Fee-for-Free. Tickets are free for full-time, Kent Campus undergraduate students. Also, thanks to a generous donation from a long-time supporter and patron of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, anyone 18 and under can attend the concerts for free, although a ticket must be reserved.
Tickets are available weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.
The Ludwig Recital Hall Box Office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk-up sales; however, patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787). You may purchase adult and senior tickets online by visiting www.kent.edu/music/buy-tickets.