The 2017 Piano Institute, in association with the Piano Division of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, will present a series of master classes and recitals from June 9-18 on the university’s campus and culminate with the June 18 gala concert at Severance Hall’s Reinberger Chamber Hall in Cleveland. This program is a highly intensive and prestigious festival for talented piano students in grades 7-12. The June 18 gala concert will feature 14 highly gifted pre-collegiate pianists from the United States, China and Italy.

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music will host the 2017 Summer Piano Institute starting on June 9 and running through June 18. Directed by Kent State University faculty members and Steinway Artists Jerry Wong and Donna Lee, this year’s Institute welcomes 14 talented piano students. Ranging in grades from seven to twelve, these students come from all over the US and the world, including Italy and China.

WKSU presents “The Future of Television, Media and Journalism, with NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans” on Tuesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights. General admission tickets can be purchased at for $15. Details are available at

Updated 5/2/17 - Please note that the 47th annual commemoration on May 4 at noon has been moved to the Kent Student Center Ballroom due to the weather.

Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center to serve as keynote speaker

Kent State University holds its 47th annual commemoration of May 4, 1970, with events taking place May 3 and 4. The annual commemoration is hosted by the May 4 Task Force, a student organization on campus. All of the events will be held on the university’s Kent Campus and are free and open to the public. 

Schwebel Lecture Series celebrates 20th anniversary

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UPDATE 4/26/17 - The public lecture by Don Witkowski that was scheduled for April 28 at noon has been canceled. Read more here.

The Kent Keyboard Series concludes its 2016-2017 season with a concert on Sunday, April 9 at 5 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. Tickets range from $10 - $15 and can be purchased from the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive or by calling 330-672-ARTS or by visiting Mr. Halim will also present a master class on Monday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall.

The Kent State University Orchestra Society and the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music will present the 42nd annual Evening with the Orchestra on Saturday, April 8 in the Ballroom of the Kent State University Student Center.  This annual fundraising gala produces thousands of dollars in scholarships every year for the orchestra’s student musicians.

The spring 2017 Bowman Breakfast will take place at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Wednesday, April 5. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program will follow at 8 a.m.