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The Kent/Blossom Music Festival Announces Its 2017 Season

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Kent/Blossom Music Festival continues to present some of the finest chamber music in Northeast Ohio

With unparalleled excellence in chamber music, private instruction and an amazing relationship with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival offers a special and unique program presenting world-class chamber music in Northeast Ohio.

Highlights of the upcoming season include a recital by the Miami String Quartet in concert with Steinway Artist, Spencer Myer; and performances by Kent State University faculty and Steinway Artist Jerry Wong joined by members of the Cleveland Orchestra Mark Kosower, Daniel McKelway, Richard King, Lembi Veskimets, Barrick Stees, Frank Rosenwein, Richard Weiss, and guest artists Jee-Won Oh, Amelia Baisley and Hyunsoon Whang.

Additionally, the public is invited to enjoy the talents of some of the world's finest young musicians performing in the Kent/Blossom Music Festival's Chamber Players concerts. These are free and open to the public. This year, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival will be joined by 43 students representing a multitude of countries: China, Colombia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. Students in the program will have the opportunity to perform at Kent State, Hudson Library and Historical Society, Laurel Lake Retirement Community and in a side-by-side performance with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. 

In collaboration with the Kulas Foundation, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival is proud to announce an exciting residency by virtuoso violinist Jennifer Koh, as the Kulas Visiting Guest Artist, whose residency includes masterclasses and a recital. This program was established in 2013 to bring an artist of stature to spend one week, of the five-week festival, to work intensively with these most talented students.The Kent/Blossom Music Festival is proud to announce an exciting residency by virtuoso violinist Jennifer Koh, as the Kulas Visiting Guest Artist, whose residency includes masterclasses and a recital. (Photo credit: Juergen Frank)

Koh made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11 and was named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year. She is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Koh has been heard with leading orchestras around the world, including the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics; the Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Mariinsky Theatre, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Nashville Symphony, National Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New World Symphony, NHK Symphony (Tokyo) Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia (London) Orchestras, Pittsburgh Symphony, RAI National Symphony Orchestra (Torino), St. Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Singapore Symphony, among others.

A five-concert subscription, which provides subscribers with a $15 savings, is $85 for adults and $60 for seniors. To purchase a subscription, call the Performing Arts Box Office at 330-672-ARTS (2787). Subscriptions may be purchased with check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

All faculty concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent.

Single tickets also are available for adults ($20), seniors ($15) and college students ($5). Tickets are free for individuals 18 and under, thanks to a generous donation from Jim Williams.

Tickets are available weekdays 11 a.m.-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, and will accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting

View a schedule of the faculty and student concert series

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