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The Kent Blossom Music Festival returns for 2021

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Kent, OH - The Kent Blossom Music Festival returns on July 14 with a hybrid format that includes four live in-person concerts along with virtual educational activities for a select number of invited Young Artists.

All concerts will be ticketed and held in the Ludwig Recital Hall of Kent State University's Glauser School of Music on Wednesday, July 21, at 7.30 p.m. Each concert will also be broadcasted live for free on the internet. Seating capacity has been increased from 50 to 200 people.

“I’m thrilled to be able to offer a Festival experience that blends in-person and virtual elements,” said Ricardo Sepulveda, director of the Kent Blossom Music Festival. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the Kulas Foundation, we’re able to offer two concerts on our Kulas Visiting Artist Series featuring four internationally-renowned artists as well as two more concerts featuring the Miami String Quartet and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.”

Kulas Visiting Artists violinist Paul Huang and pianist Helen Huang will deliver the first Faculty Concert Series event on Wednesday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. Sonatas by Mendelssohn, Corigliano, Ysae, and Franck are among the works performed during this concert.

In addition, Demarre McGill and Rodolfo Leone will play works by Valerie Coleman, Lowell Liebermann, William Grant, and Yuko Uebayashi in the second concert. Visit www.kent.edu/blossom/kulas-visiting-artist-series for more information on these internationally famous artists.

The Miami String Quartet — Festival Quartet-in-residence — will return to the Ludwig Recital Hall stage for the third concert of the Kent Blossom Music Festival on Friday, July 23, at 7.30 p.m. A performance featuring Haydn, Schulhoff, and Dvorak will be performed by violinists Benny Kim and Cathy Meng Robinson, violist Scott Lee, and cellist Keith Robinson.

Members of the Cleveland Orchestra and festival faculty will conclude the 2021 Faculty Concert Series. The names of the artists and the repertoire for the concert on Wednesday, July 28 at 7.30 p.m. will be announced soon. More info regarding the concerts and performers can be found here.

Starting from June 7, subscriptions and single tickets for all four performances will be able to be purchased. Single tickets start at $25 and a package of all four shows costs $100. Those below 18 years old are free to enter.

Ordering tickets in advance is recommended, but on the spot purchase will also be available one hour before the start of each concert. For all unvaccinated individuals, wearing masks is required for the duration of their visit to the Glauser School of Music.

Detailed safety information and ticket order can be found here.

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