Kent Wind Ensemble to perform the music of Latino composers Feb. 18

The Kent Wind Ensemble presents its third free concert of the 2017-2018 season, “Hecho en México: Made in Mexico” on Sun., Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. in the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. Featuring the music of Latino composers with a focus on Mexico, the same program will be performed a week later at the North Central Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. This concert is free and open to the public. Cartwright Hall is at 650 Hilltop Drive in Kent. Free parking available off of Terrace Drive.

Directed by Dr. Jesse Leyva, the Kent Wind Ensemble will first present "Mexican Dance" by Silvestre Revueltas. Gabriela Ortiz’s "Ríos - I. Papaloapan" will be next on the program. Audience members will then be treated to Heitor Villa-Lobos’s "Concerto Grosso for Woodwind Quartet and Wind Orchestra.” Joining the Wind Ensemble for this piece will be Kent State’s woodwind faculty including Diane McCloskey Rechner, flute; Danna Sundet, oboe; Amitai Vardi, clarinet; and Mark DeMio, bassoon. The program will conclude with Carlos Chávez’s "Sinfonía Índia" and Arturo Márquez’s "Conga del Fuego Nuevo."

For the past five years, the Kent Wind Ensemble, under the leadership of Dr. Jesse Leyva, has experienced tremendous growth. Comprised of the best wind and percussion students at Kent State University, they perform both contemporary and traditional repertoire in a smaller ensemble setting. The Wind Ensemble presents several concerts per year both on and off campus, often inviting area high school ensembles to share the stage. Recent achievements include an invitation to perform at the 2017 Ohio Music Education Association Conference, the second largest conference of its kind in the country.

Free and open to the public. Free parking available off of Terrace Drive. If you are unable to attend in person, please watch the free webcast at


POSTED: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 12:44pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 12:45pm