Kent Keyboard Series Features Distinguished Musicians From Kent State, Miami String Quartet and Cleveland Orchestra
The Kent Keyboard Series continues its 2017-2018 season with pianist Donna Lee, D.M.A., Steinway Artist, professor and coordinator of piano at Kent State University, on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. She will be joined by cellist Keith Robinson, founding member of the Miami String Quartet, and clarinetist Robert Woolfrey, member of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Tickets are available in advance through the Performing Arts Box Office in person, by calling 330-672-2787 (ARTS) or at www.kent.edu/music/buy-tickets. Tickets are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors and Kent State faculty; $10 for groups of 10 or more; $8 for non-Kent State students and Kent State students ineligible for the Fee for Free. Tickets are free for full-time, Kent Campus undergraduate students and those 18 and under. Ludwig Recital Hall is in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. Ample free parking is available.
Dr. Lee presents a solo and collaborative recital of works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms. First on the program will be Beethoven’s comical Sonata in F minor, Op. 10, No. 2. Audience members will then be treated Mendelssohn’s beautiful Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Major, No. 2, featuring cellist Mr. Robinson. Concluding the performance will be the Trio, Op. 114 in A minor of Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Brahms. Joining Dr. Lee for this work are Mr. Robinson and clarinetist Mr. Woolfrey.
Described as “elegant” and “refined” by critics, pianist Dr. Lee made her solo debut in 1990 with the National Symphony Orchestra. She has since appeared as a soloist and collaborative artist at Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall and Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. She also has performed in Asia, Europe and throughout the U.S., with recent performances in Hong Kong, Beijing, China and Puerto Rico. Dr. Lee has been heard in broadcast performances over radio stations such as WQXR in New York, WCLV in Cleveland, WKSU airing throughout Northeast Ohio, Swedish Radio, Voice of America and more. She has recorded for the Proprius, Innova and Musart labels. She made her solo recording debut on the Azica label, with a program titled “Scenes from Childhood” with works by Schumann, del Tredici, Medtner and Prokofieff.
Mr. Robinson is a founding member of the Miami String Quartet and has been active as a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist since his graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Robinson has had numerous solo appearances with orchestras throughout the U.S., including the New World Symphony, the American Sinfonietta and the Miami Chamber Symphony, and in 1989, he won the P.A.C.E. "Classical Artist of the Year" Award. Mr. Robinson regularly attends festivals across the United States, including those in Santa Fe, Music@Menlo, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, Vail Music Festival, Savannah Music Festival and the Virginia Arts Festival. Highlights of recent seasons include performances in New York at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Boston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Paul and Philadelphia, with international appearances in Bern, Cologne, Istanbul, Lausanne, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Taipei and Paris.
Mr. Woolfrey joined the clarinet section of the Cleveland Orchestra in November 2008. Prior to his appointment, he was the principal clarinet of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician Mr. Woolfrey has collaborated with Michael Tilson Thomas, Dawn Upshaw and musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra. In recent summers, he has participated in a variety of music festivals, including Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival. Performances by Mr. Woolfrey have been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, classical music station WQXR and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio Two. As an educator, Mr. Woolfrey serves as a coach of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and is on the faculty of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. He has presented lessons and masterclasses at many schools such as Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Toronto, University of Miami, San Francisco Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music.