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Kent State University Orchestra Introduces New Music Director and Continues With 2013-2014 Concert Season

Posted Oct. 28, 2013
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Charles Latshaw is the new director
of the Kent State University Orchestra.

The Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music Orchestra will continue its 2013-2014 season with its second subscription series performance on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. Cartwright Hall is located at 650 Hilltop Drive, with free parking located off Terrace Drive.

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music is thrilled to welcome Charles Latshaw as the director of the Kent State Orchestra. Latshaw comes from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he is a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting. He previously served as artistic director and conductor of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana.

Latshaw is firmly dedicated to bringing orchestral music to new audiences, especially young people. He has taught band, choir, general music and musical theater to students of all ages. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, Latshaw enjoys programming accessible and exciting contemporary works, often of his own commission. He has premiered more than 30 new works for ensembles ranging from chamber groups to youth orchestras to full symphonies.

“I'm so very pleased to be working at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music,” says Latshaw. “The students have endless enthusiasm and thirst for development and improvement. The faculty members are welcoming, collaborative and talented.”

The program will include three magnificent pieces familiar to audience members. First-year conducting graduate student Pamela Burovac will lead the orchestra’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. Latshaw will then step up to the podium to lead the ensemble in a performance of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, a “powerfully beautiful--romantic, lush, and profound” piece, according to the conductor. The concert will come to an end with Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony. “Audiences should expect a few extra surprises,” Latshaw says.

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 are available weekdays noon 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 Kent Campus. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.

The Cartwright 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 www.kent.edu/music.