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Cleveland Orchestra Performs Benefit Concert at Kent State University

Posted Mar. 1, 2010

As part of the Kent State University Centennial Celebration, the Cleveland Orchestra, with conductor James Feddeck, returns to Kent State to perform a benefit concert on Friday, March 19, at 8 p.m. The evening’s highlight will be Schubert Symphony No. 5, in addition to works by Beethoven and Mozart.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Kent/Blossom Music, a program that draws young musicians from all over the world to Kent State for six weeks of intensive chamber-music study alongside members of the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as Kent State’s music faculty.

“This benefit is important as it will help us begin to raise the funds needed to create a $1-million endowment over the next three years,” said Dr. Denise Seachrist, interim director for the School of Music. “This will allow us to provide student scholarships and continue community outreach.”

The concert will be held in Cartwright Hall, located on Hilltop Drive on the university’s Kent Campus. Tickets are $80, $50 and $30, and student tickets are available for $5 (for those under 18 years of age or with a valid university ID). To order tickets, call the box office at 330-672-2497 weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. or purchase online at Free parking is available, and Cartwright Hall is wheelchair accessible.

With a faculty equally respected as world-class soloists, orchestra and chamber music artists, the list of alumni is a “Who’s Who” in the chamber and orchestral music circuit. The more than 2,250 alumni perform with such notable institutions as the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras; the Boston, Atlanta and Minnesota symphonies; the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics; the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; and nationally and internationally acclaimed ensembles such as the Arriana, Emerson, Turtle Island, Euclid and Miami String quartets.

“The significant numbers of musicians from Kent/Blossom Music who are now in major orchestras, including 20 currently with the Cleveland Orchestra, provide the great testament to the program’s impact and success,” said Gary Ginstling, general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Faculty members include principal musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra: Frank Rosenwein (oboe), Joshua Smith (flute), John Clouser (bassoon), Richard King (horn), Joela Jones (keyboard), and Robert Vernon (violist). Other major artists include members of the highly-respected Miami String Quartet – Ivan Chan and Cathy Meng-Robinson (violin); Yu Jin (Viola); and Keith Robinson (cello) – who teach private lessons, coach chamber music and lead master classes. Additionally, Steinway Artists-in-Residence Donna Lee and Jerry Wong round out the world-class faculty. There are 26 faculty members in all.

In addition to serving as faculty members for Kent/Blossom Music and the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, Ivan Chan and Keith Robinson were recently announced as interim co-artistic coordinators for the program. They replace Jerome LaCorte, who resigned in January. LaCorte had been the director of the program for 14 years.

Kent State University and the Musical Arts Association (the governing body of the Cleveland Orchestra) have been long-time institutional partners, beginning with their mutual efforts to create and manage one of the country’s finest summer performing arts centers: Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. As part of that partnership, every few years, the orchestra performs a benefit concert with proceeds to benefit Kent/Blossom Music.

For more information about Kent/Blossom Music, please visit

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Media Contacts:
Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595