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Kent State University Orchestra Presents First Subscription Series Performance of the Year

Posted Oct. 8, 2012
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Director Liza Grossman conducts the Kent State University
Orchestra during a performance.

The Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s Orchestra will begin its 2012-2013 Subscription Series with its Sunday, Oct. 14 performance in the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall at 3:30 p.m. Cartwright Hall is located at 650 Hilltop Dr., with free parking located off of Terrace Drive.

Led by Orchestra Director Liza Grossman, the program will reflect a diverse timeline with compositions from the 1940s to today.

First, the Orchestra will perform “Internet Symphony: Eroica” by Grammy Award-winning Chinese composer Tan Dun. Google and YouTube originally commissioned the piece for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. The piece premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 while being broadcast live on YouTube.

Second, “Tuba Concerto,” a piece by Ralph Vaughan Williams, will introduce audiences to new music instructor and Kent State alumnus John DiCesare. Vaughan Williams composed this work in 1954, four years before his passing. Though “Tuba Concerto” did not initially receive a positive public response, it soon became one of Vaughan Williams' most popular works and an essential part of the tuba repertoire for professionals.

The first Orchestra Subscription Series performance will also feature “Gayaneh Ballet,” a four-act ballet written by Aram Khachaturian. This piece was first performed in 1942 with the Kirov Ballet. The original plot featured a young woman struggling to balance patriotic convictions and personal feelings. The story has been modified several times, resulting in a plot now much more focused on romance than nationalism. The Orchestra will be performing the First Suite, which includes the very popular Sabre Dance.

Grossman says that audience members will be able to see the Kent State Orchestra members’ energy, passion and commitment to music throughout the performance.

“One of our missions as musicians and performers is to give our audiences an experience to feel something: a memory, an emotion, a new thought or a reminder of a previous experience they may have had with a piece of music,” Grossman says. “Live music is an incredible thing to have available to us, and to have the opportunity to support and encourage the professional musicians of the future is ensuring just that: the future of orchestral music.”

Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults, $5 for students with valid ID, and free for all full-time 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 Music and Speech Center at 1325 Theatre Dr. on the Kent Campus. The Cartwright Hall box office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk up sales, and will also accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets and more information are also available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787).