Kent State University’s Kent Keyboard Series unveils 2019-20 artists
Kent, OH — Kent State University’s Kent Keyboard Series, titled a “Season of Pure Artistry,” offers five concerts featuring Hugh A. Glauser School of Music faculty artists and internationally renowned guest artists.
School of Music faculty artists Donna Lee, piano, and Keith Robinson, cello, open the series on Sun., Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. Together, they will perform the virtuosic piano and cello sonatas of Chopin and Barber.
Lee and Robinson frequently perform together as members of Kent State’s Verve Chamber Players and in duo recitals. Both are internationally active performing and teaching artists, with recent appearances at music festivals in Kent, Brevard, Santa Fe, Tahoe, Menlo and Greece.
Pianist and portrait artist Paul Wyse continues the series on Sun., Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. Wyse, an American native and current resident of Canada, will perform Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” among other works.
Wyse was recently commissioned by Steinway and Sons to paint his interpretations of the Pictures on a designated piano. His extensive portraiture work includes commissioned paintings of Billy Joel, the late Toni Morrison and Leon Fleischer. As a pianist, he has performed in prestigious venues worldwide, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall and Alice Tully Hall.
The third concert of the series on Sun., Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. will celebrate the Glauser School of Music’s Piano Division. Along with performances by faculty artists and Director Kent McWilliams, it will prominently feature undergraduate and graduate piano students. A complimentary reception will follow. All ticket sales and proceeds will go toward piano student scholarships. Tickets for this event are $35 for general admission and free for students with valid ID. To order, visit www.kent.edu/PianoScholarshipGala.
On Sun., Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. the series continues with Hong Kong-based South Korean pianist Yoonie Han. Praised for her “flowing tone, poetic phrasing and heavenly singing melodies,” Dr. Han is a multi-award-winning pianist, having won first prize at the Washington International Piano Competition, Fulbright Concert Competition and World Piano Competition, among others. Dr. Han currently serves on the faculty of Hong Kong Baptist University and has recorded four studio albums. She is a Steinway Artist.
Andrew Le concludes the 2019-20 series on Sun., April 19 at 5 p.m. The newest member of the Glauser School’s piano faculty, Dr. Le is a Steinway Artist and Co-Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck along with wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord. Known for his distinctive performances, Dr. Le has been hailed as “an impressive tour-de-force...a plenitude of poetic nuance” and is the 2004 winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Complimenting his activities at the keyboard, Dr. Le is also an accomplished photographer. He is a member of Sony Pro Imaging Support and is a former Getty Images Artist. His work has been seen in exhibitions across Western Michigan.
All performances will be held in Ludwig Recital Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Dr. on the Kent Campus. Parking is free.
Tickets for four of the five concerts are $8-$15 and free for 18s and under. They can be ordered through the Performing Arts Box Office by calling 330-672-2787, by visiting the Roe Green Lobby at 1325 Theatre Drive or online at www.kent.edu/music/buy-tickets.
About the School of Music
The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University (Kent, OH) is one of the most distinguished schools of music in the Midwest. For over 100 years, the School of Music has nurtured the next generation of music educators, performing artists and scholars. We offer some of the most comprehensive and innovative degree programs in the country, with an emphasis on experiential learning, quality scholarship and immersive technical training. Students enrolled in our programs can expect a warm and supportive environment where fostering professional growth and personal development is a priority. Our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in music education, music performance, scholarly research, higher education and administration.
During the summer, the School of Music 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 52nd season in 2020, 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.