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Pianist Holly Roadfeldt kicks off the Vanguard Guest Artists Series at Kent State University

Posted Jan. 23, 2014
Holly Roadfeldt

Kent, Ohio – The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music is proud to present pianist Holly Roadfeldt as the inaugural performer of the Vanguard Guest Artists Series. An expert performer of contemporary music, pianist Holly Roadfeldt will perform a solo recital Monday, Feb. 3 at 8 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

Roadfeldt’s intellectual curiosity for the contemporary repertoire brings to Kent State an exquisite program that includes the first volume of George Crumb’s Makrokosmos, Kala Pierson’s Radiate, Christopher Cresswell’s Nocturne #1, Kirk O’Riordan’s Lacrimosa and the world premier of Anthony Donofrio’s Piano Sonata.

Roadfeldt holds degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. As a soloist, she made her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13 and continues to be an active solo pianist and chamber musician performing standard and eclectic recital programs in the Unites States, Europe, and Asia.

Roadfeldt has premiered over 70 works for solo piano and for various chamber ensembles.  In 1996, she was awarded "Best Performance of a 20th Century American Composition" in the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition which resulted in a performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Roadfeldt’s interests include studying the music of Nicolai Kapustin, the expressionist music of Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg and the performance of concert etudes written for solo piano. She is also particularly interested in how social issues are conveyed through music.

The Vanguard Guest Artists Series will continue with performances by the A/B Duo on Monday, March 10 and Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi on Monday, April 14. The concerts will take place in Ludwig Recital Hall in the evenings at 8 p.m.

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