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Kent Keyboard Series

The Piano Division of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music

proudly presents:

2017-2018 Kent Keyboard Series

A Season of Surprising Masterpieces


Cahill Smith, guest artist
Sunday, October 15, 5 p.m.

Acclaimed pianist Cahill Smith, a faculty member at Lee University and a Yamaha Artist, has performed in major venues around the world, including three concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Described by the New York Concert Review as creating “beautiful shimmering colors,” Smith has become a leading champion of the Russian composer Nikolai Medtner. He will share his expertise of this composer alongside major works by Beethoven and Debussy.

Jerry Wong, Kent State faculty
Sunday, November 12, 5 p.m.

Described by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Martin Bernheimer as "eloquent and elegant…(with) passion and introspection…sensitivity and a finely honed sense of style," pianist Jerry Wong, Kent State faculty member and Steinway Artist, will present a recital of unforgettable solo works for piano. Seymour Bernstein’s masterpiece New Pictures at an Exhibition (which pays homage to Mussorgsky) will be featured on the program. The program also includes George Rochberg’s Four Short Sonatas and several Preludes and Etudes by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Read Gainsford, guest artist
Sunday, January 28, 5 p.m.

Possessing “finger-numbing virtuosity and delicately chiseled precision,” pianist Read Gainsford will present the monumental and demanding Douze Études by Claude Debussy. Gainsford, currently on faculty at Florida State University, has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has made successful solo debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, among others. Known for his insightful introductions from the stage, Gainsford has collaborated with oceanographers, art historians and living artists to bring a fresh new dimension to his performances.

Donna Lee, Kent State faculty
Sunday, February 25, 5 p.m. (This date is different than what is listed on the postcard)

Described as “elegant” and “refined,” pianist Donna Lee, Kent State faculty member and Steinway Artist, made her solo debut in 1990 with the National Symphony Orchestra. She has since appeared as a soloist and collaborative artist at Kennedy Center's Concert Hall and Terrace Theater in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City. She will present Beethoven’s comedic Sonata in F minor, Op. 10, No. 2 and Debussy’s landscape-inspired Estampes. The concert concludes with Frederic Rzewski’s powerful and virtuosic North American Ballads, inspired by the songs of the American Labor Movement.

Logan Skelton, guest artist
Sunday, April 22, 5 p.m.

Logan Skelton is a much sought after pianist, teacher and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim. He has concertized extensively in the USA, Europe and Asia, appearing on numerous public radio and television programs. Currently, Skelton is on the University of Michigan piano faculty. During his tenure, he has been repeatedly honored for teaching, including receiving the Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching and the Arthur F. Thurnau named professorship. He will perform works by Liszt as well as his own transcription of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and more.

All recitals take place in Ludwig Recital Hall, Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent. Free parking.

$15 adults
$13 senior and Kent State University faculty and staff
$10 groups of 10 or more patrons
$8 non-Kent State students and Kent State students ineligible for the Fee for Free
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