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February Kent Keyboard Series to Feature Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

Posted Jan. 22, 2014

Jerry Wong and Eric van BaarsKent, Ohio – The Kent Keyboard Series continues its 2013-2014 season with a performance by pianist and Steinway Artist Jerry Wong, Sunday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent State University Kent campus.  For tickets call the Performing Arts Box Office at 330-672-2787 or online at

Continuing their ongoing exploration of repertoire written for narrator and piano, Jerry Wong and friend and fellow Kent State professor, Eric van Baars bring to life Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Written in 1936 for its more commonly heard version as a "symphonic tale for narrator and orchestra," Prokofiev created a solo piano version one year later. “The latter version captures all of the subtlety, wit, and charm that has brought the piece such unanimous popularity among audiences,” Wong said.

Other solo piano works on the program include compositions by Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt. Shorter works will be paired together by subject matter, including themes of dance, nature and references to Richard Wagner.

Pianist Jerry Wong has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in such prestigious settings as the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, National Concert Hall of Taipei, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Opera City Hall in Tokyo, PianoForte in Chicago, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Shriver Hall in Baltimore and Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Mr. Wong presently holds the position of Associate Professor of Piano at Kent State University in Ohio and he frequently serves as adjudicator and lecturer in institutions around the world.

Eric van Baars is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University where he teaches Movement and Acting and has directed productions of Oklahoma, The Diviners, Lysistrata, On The Verge, Honk!, The Wild Party, andA New Brain. This spring, Mr. van Baars will be traveling to Busan, South Korea to teach in the Theatre Program at Dongseo University and direct a play for the MAC Theatre in Busan.

Tickets for the performance 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, $5 for children and free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students.

Tickets are available weekdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the campus of Kent State University. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.

The Ludwig Recital Hall box office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk up sales, and will accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting