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Concert at Kent State Features World-Renowned Violinist Ida Kavafian

Posted Jun. 26, 2014

Ida KavafianKent/Blossom Music Festival, the collaboration between Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra, is proud to present violinist Ida Kavafian as the Kulas Foundation Guest Artist on Thursday, July 3 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.

Kavafian enjoys an international reputation as one of the most versatile musicians performing today. With a repertoire as diverse as her talents, Kavafian has electrified stages as a recitalist as well as a soloist with major orchestras across the globe.  Kavafian continues her association with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with a number of appearances in New York and on tour. For over 25 years, she has been the artistic director of the highly successful festival, Music from Angel Fire, in New Mexico.  In addition to serving on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Bard College Conservatory, Kavafian joined the faculty of The Juilliard School for the academic year 2012-13, and has served on numerous competition juries and boards, including Chamber Music America.

Joining Kavafian will be Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, winner of the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition and recent soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Kavafian will also be joined by the Glauser String Quartet. This collaboration will bring to life rare gems of the violin repertoire including a “Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 18” by Richard Strauss and a “Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21” by Ernest Chausson. A reception and meet and greet the artists will follow the performance. 

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

The Kulas Guest Artist Series brings an artist of stature to perform and work intensively with students of Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Founded in 1937, the Kulas Foundation’s annual grants go toward music education, institutions and performances in the Greater Cleveland area.

Glauser String Quartet

The accomplished members of this group are Yang Zeng, Jeff Millen, Xiaohan Sun, and Samuel Huang.

Zeng is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, principle second violin of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and concertmaster of the KSU Orchestra. He is the 2013 recipient of the Leopold Sipe Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Performance.

Millen began playing cello at 11 years old. He is pursuing a master’s degree in cello performance at KSU.

Sun is originally from China. She is a viola student at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Huang is a graduate assistant at Kent State University where he is studying violin performance. He is a concertmaster of the KSU Orchestra and a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra.