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Kent/Blossom Music Festival Presents The Cleveland Orchestra's Kosower and Lee Perform a Program of Beethoven on July 6

Posted Jun. 29, 2011

Kent, OH - Kent/Blossom Music Festival (KBMF) is a unique program that pairs advanced young musicians with a stellar faculty drawn primarily from members of The Cleveland Orchestra. The relationship between KBMF and The Cleveland Orchestra members represents a high level of artistic collaboration, without any direct financial linkage.

July 6 KBMusicKBMF presents its second concert in its 2011 Faculty Series at Kent State University on Wed., July 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music's Ludwig Recital Hall in the Music and Speech Center, 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. The concert entitled, The Intimate Beethoven will feature Mark Kosower, principal cello, The Cleveland Orchestra, Jung-Min Amy Lee, Associate Concertmaster, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Jee-Won Oh, piano. The program will include Beethoven Twelve Variations on "See the Conqu'ring Hero Comes"; Strauss Romanze in F Major (1883); Chopin Introduction and Polonaise Brilliante, Opus 3; Beethoven Trio in B-Flat Major, Opus 97. Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors and $5 for students under 18 or with a valid college ID. For further details call 330-672-3609 or visit

Mark Kosower began his tenure as principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra with the 2010 Blossom Festival. A native of Wisconsin, Kosower comes to Cleveland from the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany, where he served in the same capacity leading the cello section. He holds the Louis D. Beaumont Endowed Chair of The Cleveland Orchestra. Kosower received a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2002 and won prizes in the Rostropovich Competition in Paris (2001) and the Pablo Casals Competition in Germany (2000). He holds a bachelor's degree and artist diploma in cello performance from Indiana University and a master's degree and artist diploma in cello performance from Juilliard. He has joined the music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and also serves as a faculty member for Kent State University's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music's Kent/Blossom Music Festival.

Since the inception of Blossom Music Center in 1968, the Musical Arts Association has partnered with Kent State University and its College of the Arts to develop Blossom as a complete environment for the arts. Each summer, Kent/Blossom combines performance with education and joins working professionals with talented students to teach, explore, and produce great music. This important relationship between a premier performing ensemble and a public university has also served as a model for other collaborations.

Founded in 1968 by George Szell and Louis Lane, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival has welcomed more than 2,200 young artists. The program has propelled hundreds of remarkable young musicians into the ranks of major orchestras, opera companies, and conservatory facilities throughout the United States and around the globe.

The Kent/Blossom Music program brings music students from all over the world to study alongside members of The Cleveland Orchestra for five weeks. Students develop professional skills through personal study and classes with visiting master artists, members of The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State University faculty. A focus on major works of the chamber music repertoire is augmented by studies in orchestral repertoire and techniques and solo master classes. Participants also attend open rehearsals and concerts of The Cleveland Orchestra. The program features a professional concert series as well as 13 free concerts featuring the Kent/Blossom Chamber Players. Undergraduate and graduate credit is available and scholarships are provided to many participants.

Twenty former Kent/Blossom students are members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Known career placements include 157 chairs in U.S. and international orchestras, 14 chamber ensembles and on more than 52 U.S. and foreign music faculties.


Media Contact: Effie A. Tsengas, PR & Marketing Coordinator, College of the Arts,, 330-672-2760.