Kent State University Orchestra offers a 19-20 season highlighting KSU faculty and commemorating the May 4, 1970 shooting

Kent, Ohio – Dr. Jungho Kim enters his third season as conductor of the Kent State University Orchestra with programming that highlights KSU’s faculty and the growing orchestra program. Over the course of the 5-concert Subscription Series, the 63 student members of the orchestra will perform beloved works by Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart while featuring violinist Jung-Min Amy Lee, clarinetist Amitai Vardi and pianist Donna Lee. They will also perform a new work by KSU composer Adam Roberts. All concerts take place in Cartwright Hall’s University Auditorium at 650 Hilltop Drive on the Kent Campus. Free parking is available off of Terrace Drive.

“I’m thrilled with the influx of new members into the orchestra,” said Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra. “The larger membership allows us to explore a broader range of the traditional repertoire and also feature newer works by contemporary composers.”

The KSU Orchestra opens their season on Sun., Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. with Mozart’s Overture to  “The Magic Flute” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67. Cleveland Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Jung-Min Amy Lee also joins the orchestra to perform Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” The second concert on Sun., Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. will feature “Symphonia,” a short new work by KSU faculty composer Adam Roberts, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. Kent State faculty member Amitai Vardi, who serves as principal clarinetist of the Erie Philharmonic, will also perform Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73. On Sun., Dec. 8 at 3 p.m., the orchestra will conclude the first half of their 2019-2020 season with Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 as well as the “Intermezzo” from Mascagni’s opera “Cavalleria Rusticana.” Donna Lee, coordinator of Kent State’s piano division, will be featured on Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11.

After the holiday break, the orchestra begins the second half of the season with two concerts prominently featuring Kent State music students and the combined choirs. On Fri., Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m., the KSU Orchestra will be joined by the winners of the School of Music’s annual Concerto Competition making it the perfect Valentine’s Day date night destination. Then, the KSU Orchestra and Combined Choirs conclude the 2019-2020 season on Sun., Apr. 26 at 3 p.m. with a concert commemorating the tragic events of May 4, 1970. They will feature “Song of Jubilation” by Andrew Rindfleisch, “Ave verum corpus” by Mozart and Requiem in C minor by Luigi Cherubini. Joining the orchestra will be the Kent Chorus, Kent Chorale, Cantique, Coro Cantare and the Kent State Salem Campus Communiversity Choir. This concert will be conducted by Dr. Scott MacPherson, Kent State’s Director of Choral Studies.

Subscriptions for the 5-concert series are available starting Mon., Sept. 9 for $50 – a savings of over 30% over single tickets! They are available through the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Dr. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Orders can be made by calling 330-672-2787 (ARTS), visiting in-person or online at

Single tickets for individual concerts are also available online, in-person and over the phone. Prices 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 and Kent State students ineligible for the Fee for Free, and FREE for full-time Kent State undergraduate students and those under 18.

About the School of Music

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, nestled in beautiful and vibrant Kent, Ohio, is one of the most distinguished schools of music in the Midwest. For over 100 years, the School of Music has produced the next generation of music educators, performing artists and scholars. The School offers some of the most comprehensive and innovative degree programs in the country, with an emphasis on experiential learning, quality scholarship and immersive technical training. 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 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.


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POSTED: Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 1:59pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 9:14am