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KBMF closes the 2014 Faculty Recital Series with a concert by members of The Cleveland Orchestra and Danna Sundet

Posted Jul. 14, 2014

Joela JonesKent/Blossom Music Festival will close its 2014 Faculty Concert Series with a performance by members of The Cleveland Orchestra and oboist Danna Sundet on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 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.

Cleveland Orchestra’s Katherine Bormann and Jeffrey Zehngut, violin; Stanley Konopka, viola; Richard Weiss, cello; Barrick Stees, bassoon; and Joela Jones, piano will join forces with Kent State’s associate professor of oboe Danna Sundet in an evening of chamber music. Highlights of the performance will include de Falla’s “Canciones Populares Españolas for Cello and Piano,” Lalliet’s “Terzetto for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Op. 22” and Elgar’s “Quintet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 84.”

This concert closes a series of six performances by faculty and guest artists of Kent/Blossom Music Festival.

Katherine Bormann joined the first violin section of The Cleveland Orchestra in March 2011. Prior to her appointment, she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, where she performed as soloist and concertmaster.  A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Ms. Bormann holds a bachelor of music degree from Rice University and a master of music degree from The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers were Kathleen Winkler, Joel Smirnoff, and Ronald Copes.  Ms. Bormann has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival, where she was awarded the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize.

Jeffrey Zehngut joined the second violin section of The Cleveland Orchestra in August 2011. Mr. Zehngut previously served as associate principal second violin of the San Diego Symphony 2005-11 and as principal second of the Canton Symphony Orchestra 2002-05. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with William Preucil and Paul Kantor.

Stanley Konopka joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1991 and has been assistant principal viola since 1993. He previously served as principal violist and soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Konopka won several notable awards at the Interlochen Arts Academy before attending the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) as a student of Cleveland Orchestra Principal Viola Robert Vernon.

Richard Weiss is first assistant principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra. For the 2009-2010 season, he served as acting principal. A native of Los Angeles, California, he won first prize in the Music Teachers National Association competition. At the Tanglewood Festival, he was the Young Artist contest winner and concerto soloist. While attending the Eastman School on full merit scholarship, he won a position in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. During his senior year, he was appointed to The Cleveland Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist many times with The Cleveland Orchestra, and his repertoire includes concertos by Beethoven (Triple), Brahms (Double), Dvořák, Lalo, Rósza, Saint-Saëns (both A and D minor), Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.

Joela Jones, an artist of exceptional versatility, plays piano, organ, harpsichord, celesta, synthesizer, and accordion with The Cleveland Orchestra. As soloist with the Orchestra, she has performed over fifty different concertos in more than 200 performances at Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center as well as on tour in Europe and Asia. A native of Miami, Florida, Joela Jones studied as a child with Ernst von Dohnányi. Recognized as a prodigy, she made her New York debut with Arthur Fiedler and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. 

Barrick Stees has been assistant principal bassoon of The Cleveland Orchestra since 2001. Mr. Stees received a bachelor’s degree and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with K. David Van Hoesen. Mr. Stees has concertized extensively in Europe, South America, and Asia, including a solo tour of Hong Kong and China. He has given recitals throughout the United States. His solo appearances include performances with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra.

Danna SundetDanna Sundet serves as full-time Assistant Professor of Oboe at Kent State University. She is Artistic Coordinator of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Her artistry, broad range and versatility has its roots in her exotic upbringing. She grew up in Brazil, the Canary Islands, and Texas, speaking three languages fluently from early childhood. Danna moved to Cleveland in 1982 to study with John Mack and stayed. She received her B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her M.M. from Kent State University. Since 1987, Danna has been the principal oboist and regular featured soloist with The Erie Philharmonic. 

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $5 for college students with a valid ID and FREE for students 18 and under.

Tickets are available weekdays 11 a.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 Kent campus. 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