Kent State University Orchestra and Kent State Choirs Join Forces in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” and Fauré’s “Requiem”
The Kent State University Orchestra and Choirs join together to present the final concert of the orchestra’s 2016-2017 subscription series on Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. in University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. Cartwright Hall is at 650 Hilltop Drive in Kent. Parking is free.
Under the direction of Katherine Kilburn and Scott MacPherson, they will perform staples of the orchestral and choral repertoire. They also will be joined by the Revere High School Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Alice Ward Forney (B.M. ’15). Audience members first will be treated to Beethoven's “Choral Fantasy for Orchestra, Choir and Solo Piano.” Conducted by MacPherson, this work will feature several soloists. Faculty soloists include Steinway Artist-in-Residence Jerry Wong, piano; Melissa Davis, soprano, and Jay White, countertenor. New York-based vocalists Sarah Brailey, soprano, and Tim Krol, bass, will join the faculty and orchestra. Kent State graduate student Spencer Boyd, tenor, also will perform.
Premiered in Wisconsin in 2016 by the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, the second work on the program is the Ohio premiere of “Song of Jubilation,” written by Cleveland-based composer Andrew Rindfleisch and conducted by McPherson. The program will conclude with the intimately orchestrated and peaceful “Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré. This piece also will feature guest organist Mary Ragna Yetter and will be conducted by Kilburn.
American soprano and pianist Brailey obtained her Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and her Master of Music degree in voice performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Music. Hailed by The New York Times for her “radiant, liquid tone,” “exquisitely phrased” and “sweetly dazzling” singing, the demand is growing for Brailey’s talent as a concert and chamber music artist across all genres of music. She has performed with Steve Reich at Carnegie Hall, John Zorn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and with Kanye West and Roomful of Teeth at the Hollywood Bowl.
Grammy Award-winning vocalist Krol has a repertoire spanning early music to modern classical and opera. For nine years, he performed with a cappella vocal ensemble Chanticleer and can be heard on 13 of their recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning “Colors of Love.” He regularly performs with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Trinity Choir and more.
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. A donation from a long-time supporter and patron of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music allows anyone 18 and under to attend the concerts for free, but these tickets must be reserved.
Tickets are available weekdays noon-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 university's Kent Campus.
The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.
The Cartwright Hall Box Office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk-up sales, though patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787).