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Pianist Holly Roadfeldt Kicks Off the Vanguard Guest Artists Series at Kent State University

Posted Feb. 3, 2014 | Grace Snyder and Hannah Hamner
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Pianist Holly Roadfeldt will serve as
inaugural performer at the Kent State
University Hugh A. Glauser School of
Music's new Vanguard Guest Artists
Series on Feb. 3.

Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music presents pianist Holly Roadfeldt as the inaugural performer of the new Vanguard Guest Artists Series. Roadfeldt will perform a solo recital on Monday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall.

“What’s great about the Vanguard Series is that the performers are presenting brand new music along with standard contemporary music literature,” says Anthony Donofrio, professor in Kent State’s School of Music.

Roadfeldt has premiered more than 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.

The program will include the world premiere of Donofrio’s “Piano Sonata.”

“I’m very excited,” says Donofrio. “She’s been working on it for about eight months now. It’s very difficult.”

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, located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State 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 and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting