Kent State University Orchestra to Offer an Exciting 2017-2018 Subscription Season
Under the leadership of new Director of Orchestra Jungho Kim, D.M.A., the Kent State University Orchestra will present its 2017-2018 Subscription Series, featuring hallmarks of the orchestral repertoire and a few fun surprises. The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music faculty and students, along with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, will join the orchestra as soloists. Subscriptions for the five-concert series are available through Sunday, Oct. 1, for $50 – a savings of 33 percent over single tickets! Purchase subscriptions through the Performing Arts Box Office, by calling 330-672-2787 (ARTS) or visiting in-person. All concerts take place in the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall, located at 650 Hilltop Drive in Kent. Free parking is available off Terrace Drive.
Opening the 2017-2018 season on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. is Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C-minor, Op. 68. Cleveland Orchestra members Jung-Min Amy Lee, violin, and Joanna Patterson Zakany, viola, will join the orchestra for Mozart’s timeless Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. The second concert, on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m., will feature Greig’s popular Holberg Suite, Mozart’s Serenata Notturna and Schubert’s classically influenced Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485. In their final concert of 2017, on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., the orchestra will perform Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A-major, Op. 92. Matthew Holm, director of percussion studies, also will join the orchestra to perform Josh Gottry’s Transitions for Percussion and Orchestra.
In the second half of the season, audiences will be treated to two concerts prominently featuring Kent State music students and choral groups. The first concert of 2018, on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m., will feature the winners of the School of Music’s annual concerto competition, along with other works. The grand finale of the 2017-2018 season, on Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m., will showcase the combined Kent State Choirs performing major works for choir and orchestra, including Ralph Vaughan Williams beautiful Dona nobis pacem. Scott MacPherson, D.M.A., director of choral studies, will join Kim to conduct this annual audience favorite.
Kim earned his D.M.A. in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, having previously earned master’s degrees in violin and conducting from the University of Cincinatti College-Conservatory of Music. He has conducted extensivly throughout the U.S., including appointments with the Sioux City Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic. Previously, he served on the faculty of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Single tickets are available online, in person and over the phone. The Performing Arts Box Office, located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus, is open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets 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 and Kent State students ineligible for the Fee for Free. Tickets are free for full-time Kent State undergraduate students and those under 18. For more information and tickets, visit www.kent.edu/music/events.