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The Kent/Blossom Music Festival Celebrates 49th Season

A summer partnership with the Cleveland Orchestra continues, presenting some of the finest chamber music in Northeast Ohio  

The Kent/Blossom Music Festival, an advanced training institute for professional music training operated by Kent State University in cooperation with the Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center, celebrates its 49th season. The Kent/Blossom Music Festival offers a special and unique program with unparalleled excellence in chamber music, private instruction and a terrific working relationship with the Cleveland Orchestra. This year, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival will again feature its highly anticipated Faculty Concert Series, which showcases performances by some of the region’s most coveted musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as a variety of world-class soloists.

Highlights of the upcoming season include a recital by the Cleveland Orchestra’s Associate Concertmaster Jung-Min Amy Lee and First Associate Concertmaster Peter Otto; the Miami String Quartet in concert with Steinway Artist Spencer Myer; and performances by Kent State University faculty Yu Jin, Danna Sundet and Jerry Wong, joined by members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Katherine Bormann, Alan DeMattia, Tanya Ell, Joela Jones, Stanley Konopka, Marisela Sager, Isabel Trautwein, Richard Weiss and Robert Woolfrey.

In collaboration with the Kulas Foundation, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival is excited to announce a special performance and master class by the virtuoso American trio Time for Three as the Kulas Visiting Guest Artist. The program, which was established in 2013, brings an artist of stature to spend one week of the five-week festival to work intensively with the group of talented students. The Kent/Blossom Music Festival is happy to make this one-of-a-kind concert a free gift to the community and open to the public.

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 Student Concert Series, which are free and open to all. This year, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival will feature 43 students from all over the world, whose visit will culminate in a side-by-side performance with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. 

As in past seasons, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival is offering discounted concert subscriptions. A four-concert subscription is $70 for adults and $50 for seniors, with a total savings of $10 for the subscriber. A $20 subscription also is being offered for college students with a valid ID In addition, thanks to a generous donation from a longtime supporter and patron of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, anyone 18 and under can attend the concerts for free.

Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 330-672-2787 or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Dr. in Kent between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Single tickets also are available at $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for college students. 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

Faculty Concert Series
Concerts in this series are ticketed through the Performing Arts Box Office.

Concert 1
Wednesday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. – Ludwig Recital Hall
Jung-Min Amy Lee, violin, with Peter Otto, violin

Chaconne from Partita in D Minor

Etude 4 (2006)

Etude 5 - Hommage à Niccolò Paganini (2008)

Sonata No. 3 in D Minor "Ballade" (1923)

Etude 6 - Salome's Lullaby (2010)

Sonata for Two Solo Violins (1967)

J. S. Bach

Jörg Widmann

Jörg Widmann

Eugène Ysaÿe

Jörg Widmann

Eugène Ysaÿe

Concert 2
Wednesday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. – Ludwig Recital Hall
Miami String Quartet with Spencer Myer, piano

String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"

Milagros for String Quartet (2010)

Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25

Ludwig van Beethoven

Gabriela Lena Frank

Johannes Brahms

Concert 3
Wednesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. – Cartwright Hall
Kulas Guest Artist, Time for Three

Program TBA


Concert 4
Wednesday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. – Ludwig Recital Hall
Marisela Sager, flute; Robert Woolfrey, clarinet; Katherine Bormann, violin; Isabel Trautwein, violin; Yu Jin, viola; Stanley Konopka, viola; Tanya Ell, cello; Jerry Wong, piano

Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano (1937)

Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147 (1975)

Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 (1940)

Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich

Concert 5
Wednesday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. – Ludwig Recital Hall
Danna Sundet, oboe; Alan DeMattia, horn; Richard Weiss, cello; Joela Jones, piano

Gabriel's Oboe (1986)

Trio for Oboe, Horn and Piano, Op. 188

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor (1915)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Minor, Op. 6 (1932)

Ennio Morricone, arr. Erik Sundet

Carl Reinecke

Claude Debussy

Samuel Barber

The Kent/Blossom Music Festival also provides students with the opportunity to perform throughout their residency.  Below is the list of concerts, which are open and free to the public. Tickets are not required.

Student Concert Series
Concerts in this series are free and open to the public.

Recital 1
Friday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m.  Ludwig Recital Hall

Sonata No. 1 in G Major

Serenade in C Minor, K. 388

Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79

Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

Gioachino Rossini

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Camille Saint-Saëns

Johannes Brahms

Recital 2
Saturday, July 9, at 2 p.m. Ludwig Recital Hall

Horn Trio, Op. 40

Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 103

Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass (1925)

Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 (1940)

Johannes Brahms

Ludwig van Beethoven

Erwin Shulhoff

Dmitri Shostakovich

Recital 3
Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. – Hudson Library and Historical Society

Bachianos Brasileiras No. 6 (1938)

Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 (1902)

Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Ernő Dohnányi

Felix Mendelssohn

Recital 4
Sunday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. Ludwig Recital Hall

Sextet for Piano and Winds (1981)

Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115

Piano Quintet in C Minor

Lee Hoiby

Johannes Brahms

Alexander Borodin

Recital 5
Friday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. Ludwig Recital Hall

Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (1953)

Piano Trio in D Major, Op.70, No.1 "The Ghost"

Quintet in G Minor, Op. 39 (1923)

Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 15

György Ligeti

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sergei Prokofiev

César Franck

Recital 6
Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m. Ludwig Recital Hall

Romans de Rois (2007)

Phases for Wind Quintet (2007)

Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 (1919)

Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11

Margaret Griebling-Haigh

Jeffrey Rathbun

Sergei Prokofiev

Robert Schumann

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Recital 7
Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m. – Hudson Library and Historical Society

String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 108 (1960)

String Quartet No. 61, Op. 76, No. 2 “Fifths”

Divertissement for bassoon and string quintet (1942)

String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48

Dmitri Shostakovich

Franz Joseph Haydn

Jean Françaix

Antonín Dvořák

Recital 8
Sunday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. Ludwig Recital Hall

Miniatures for String Quartet (1945)

Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

Suite for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71 (1903)

Suite in B-flat Major, Op. 4

Sulkhan Tsintsadze

Antonín Dvořák

Moritz Moszkowski

Richard Straus

Performances at Blossom Music Center
Tickets for this series are available through the Cleveland Orchestra by calling 216-231-1111.

Saturday, July 30, at 7 p.m.
Kent/Blossom Music Festival Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m.
Kent/Blossom Music Festival Side-by-Side with the Cleveland Orchestra

For more information about the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, visit