Kent Keyboard Series Offers Masterworks Featuring Pianist and Northwestern University Faculty Member James Giles
The Kent Keyboard Series continues its 2016-2017 season with a concert on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. Free parking is available.
The third concert in the series, featuring masterworks performed by pianist James Giles, begins with Franz Schubert’s “Drei Klavierstucke,” a collection of three pieces for piano written just months before the composer’s death. Franz Liszt’s highly virtuosic “Sonata for Piano in B minor,” a massive one-movement work, is next on program. Ending the program are two songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff arranged by highly acclaimed pianist Earl Wild. Other composers on the program include Federico Mompou, Stephen Hough and Lowell Liebermann.
American pianist 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 “one of the most sheerly inspired piano recitals I can remember hearing for some time.” 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 where he is the coordinator of the piano program and director of Graduate Performance Studies.
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; $8 for non-Kent State students who are not eligible for the Fee-for-Free; and 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, 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.