Kent Blossom Music Festival announces 51st season summer concerts June 30-Aug. 4
Kent, Ohio – The Kent Blossom Music Festival, running June 30 through Aug. 4, and Festival Director Ricardo Sepúlveda announce the 51st concert season of Kent State University’s partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra. This year’s festival includes a 5-concert Faculty Series and a 10-concert Young Artists Series, with performances held both in Kent State’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s Ludwig Recital Hall and venues in Hudson and Ravenna. A highlight of the festival includes the internationally celebrated Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio as the Kulas Visiting Artist.
The 2019 Faculty Concert Series opens with Cleveland Orchestra principal cellist Mark Kosower and guest pianist Jee-Won Oh on Wed., July 3 at 7:30 p.m. Then, on Wed., July 10, Northeast Ohio favorites, the Miami String Quartet, take the stage at 7:30 p.m. with Ohio native, pianist Spencer Myer. Members of the Miami String Quartet include violinists Benny Kim and Cathy Meng Robinson, violist Scott Lee and cellist Keith Robinson. Concerts held on Wed., July 17 and Wed., July 24, both at 7:30 p.m., will include special guests from The Cleveland Orchestra. These esteemed artists include principal oboist Frank Rosenwein (‘99), principal clarinetist Afendi Yusuf, assistant principal bassoonist Barrick Stees, principal keyboardist Joela Jones (’68, ‘69), assistant principal cellist Richard Weiss (‘72), flutists Mary Kay Fink and Jessica Sindell, clarinetist Robert Woolfrey, and pianist Carolyn Gadiel Warner. Guest collaborative pianist Randall Fusco will also perform.
On Wed., July 31 at 7:30 p.m., the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio performs as the Kulas Visiting Artist. After four decades of success the world over, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with its performances. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature, consistently bringing technical mastery, expressive depth, and magnetism to the concert stage. They will perform works by Ravel, Mendelssohn and Previn. Their multi-day residency also includes masterclasses and mentorship opportunities with the Young Artists attending the festival.
All performances of the Faculty Concert Series take place on the Kent State University Kent Campus in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s intimate, 250 seat Ludwig Recital Hall. Subscriptions and single tickets for the Faculty Concert Series go on sale Tue., May 28 at 11 a.m. with prices ranging from $60-$85 for a season subscription, a savings of $15 over single tickets, and $5-$20 for single tickets. Those 18 and under get in free. To order, call 330-672-2787, visit the box office in person in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Dr., or visit www.kent.edu/blossom/concerts for more information.
Young Artists of the festival will also have several opportunities to showcase their work on the 2019 Young Artist Series. These concerts, which are free and open to the public, run July 12 through July 16 and Aug. 1 through Aug. 3. Concerts in this series take place in Ludwig Recital Hall, Hudson Library and Historical Society, Ravenna’s Reed Memorial Library and Hudson’s Laurel Lake Retirement Community. For a complete schedule and repertoire selections, please visit www.kent.edu/blossom/concert-schedule. Additionally, the participating Young Artists will perform at Blossom Music Center on Sat., July 27 at 7 p.m. as members of the Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra directed by Vinay Parameswaran and later that evening side-by-side The Cleveland Orchestra. Tickets for this concert are available through The Cleveland Orchestra at www.clevelandorchestra.com.
About the Kent Blossom Music Festival
Every summer, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University hosts the Kent Blossom Music Festival in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center. The festival is regarded as one of the premier centers for professional music training for young artists in the United States. Now entering its 51st season in 2019, the festival continues its now half-century legacy of helping to launch the careers of young artists with alumni holding positions of prominence in many of the world’s finest orchestras, chamber ensembles and educational institutions.