The Cleveland Orchestra Will Visit Kent State University’s Kent Campus This November

Michael Sachs, trumpet
Kent, Ohio – Kent State University welcomes The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. for a free performance in University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall. The concert is presented thanks to the longtime partnership between Kent State and The Cleveland Orchestra. Free parking is available at Cartwright Hall and the College of Business Administration parking lots, located off of Terrace Drive.

“Since 1968, when our summer home Blossom Music Center was founded, the partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State University has been a valuable part of our education collaborations in Northeast Ohio,” said André Gremillet, Cleveland Orchestra president and CEO. “I am looking forward to a rich program including Haydn and the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with principal trumpet Michael Sachs on Nov. 22 and this opportunity to share a free concert with the Kent community.”

A summer training institute was born with the partnership and every summer for the past 51 years, students from major conservatories and schools of music all over the world attend Kent State for a five-week “in residence” session to receive lessons, masterclasses and chamber music coaching from members of The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State faculty. Faculty of the festival perform concerts throughout the summer and students perform by themselves and side-by-side with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center, the orchestra’s summer music home. More than 2,500 alumni boast from the program, and many of them currently hold positions in orchestras all around the world. Alumni of the program include The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miho Hashizume, Ioana Missits, Scott Weber, Analisé Kukelhan, Arthur Klima, Lisa Boyko, Richard Weiss, Ralph Curry, David Alan Harrell, Martha Baldwin, Henry Peyrebrune, Joshua Smith, Frank Rosenwein, Jeffery Rathbun, Robert Walters, Michael Mayhew, Alan DeMattia, Paul Yancich and Joela Jones.

Previous Cleveland Orchestra performances at Kent State’s Cartwright Hall include the grand reopening of University Auditorium in 2002 and a benefit concert for Kent Blossom Music Festival in 2010.

“It is our honor to welcome back The Cleveland Orchestra to Kent State University,” said John R. Crawford-Spinelli, dean of the College of the Arts at Kent State. “We are expecting large participation from the Kent community as well as Firestone, Solon, Hudson, Stow-Munroe Falls and Cuyahoga Falls High Schools for this matinee performance. This is such an exclusive opportunity for Kent State University and the community to hear one of the finest ensembles in the world perform an intimate concert.”

The Cleveland Orchestra Strings
Guest conductor Nicholas McGegan will lead The Cleveland Orchestra in works by Haydn and Schubert, and Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra, will join the ensemble performing the Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major by Johann Nepomuk Hummel.

The concert is free, but a ticket is required. Reserve online at, by calling 330-672-2787 or visit the Performing Arts Box Office located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent (previously known as the Music and Speech Building) between the hours of noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Ricardo Sepulveda, Assistant Professor/Director
Kent Blossom Music Festival College of the Arts
Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University
330-672-0397 |

POSTED: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 03:41 PM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 09:18 AM