CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Orchestra isn’t the only entity associated with the Blossom Music Center to return to something normal this summer.
No, according to an announcement on Tuesday, the Kent Blossom Music Festival is also planning a scaled-down version of its traditional offerings next month.
Parts of the festival, which usually include an appearance at the Blossom Music Center, will take place virtually. A selected group of young artists will train online with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, through the Glauser School of Music at Kent State University.
The public component of the festival, however, will take place in person with four live concerts – up from 16 on average – at KSU’s Ludwig Recital Hall. Fifty patrons will be allowed to attend each concert in person. All others will be able to connect virtually, free of charge, to kent.edu/blossom/live-streaming.
The first concert (7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14) features violinist Paul Huang and pianist Helen Huang performing works by Mendelssohn, Corigliano, Ysaye and Franck. Concert number two (7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21) features pianist Rodolfo Leone performing works by Valerie Coleman, Lowell Liebermann, William Grant and Yuko Uebayashi.
The Miami String Quartet returns for the third concert (7:30 p.m. Friday July 23). They will perform works by Haydn, Schulhoff and Dvorak. Finally, the members of the Cleveland Orchestra will present a program to be determined at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday July 28.
Memberships, $ 100, and individual tickets, $ 25, are available now. Tickets will not be available at the door. To order tickets, visit kent.edu/blossom/ticket-information.