Kent Keyboard Series Offers “Masterworks” Featuring Pianist and Northwestern University Faculty Member James Giles

Third Kent Keyboard Series Concert

Kent, Ohio – The Kent Keyboard Series continues its 2016-2017 season with a concert on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent State University Kent Campus. Free parking.

The third concert in the series, featuring materworks performed by pianist James Giles, begins with Franz Schubert’s “Drei Klavierstucke,” a collection of three pieces for piano written just months before the composer’s death. Franz Liszt’s highly virtuosic “Sonata for Piano in B minor,” a massive one-movement work, is next on program. Ending the program are two songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff arranged by highly acclaimed pianist Earl Wild. Other composers on the program include Federico Mompou and Lowell Liebermann.

American pianist James Giles has given acclaimed recitals at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Paris’ Salle Cortot, London’s Purcell Room, Warsaw’s Chopin Academy, and London’s Wigmore Hall, where a critic hailed his performance as “one of the most sheerly inspired piano recitals I can remember hearing for some time.” Winner of the American Pianists Association Fellowship and the New Orleans International Piano Competition, Mr. Giles has commissioned and premiered works by William Bolcom, Stephen Hough, Lowell Liebermann, Augusta Read Thomas, Ned Rorem and Earl Wild, among others. He is on the faculty of Northwestern University where is the coordinator of the piano program and Director of Graduate Performance Studies.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State University faculty and staff, $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons, $8 for non Kent State students who are not eligible for the Fee for Free and free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students. Also, thanks to a generous donation from a long-time supporter and patron of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, anyone 18 and under can attend the concerts for free, although a ticket must be reserved.

Tickets are available weekdays 12 p.m. to 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 campus of Kent State University. 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, however, we encourage patrons to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787). You may purchase adult and senior tickets online by visiting


POSTED: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 3:03pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:20am