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Music Department Winter Concerts

Posted Nov. 30, 2011
Kent State Stark’s Music Department kicks off December with entertaining concerts featuring an international pianist and our own Stark Campus students. Each of the events below are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
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Piano recital by Laurent Boukobza
on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Main Hall Auditorium

Boukobza’s piano performance for the Kent State Stark audience will include selections from notable composer Franz Liszt. Born in Villemomble, France, he began studying piano at the age of 10. He graduated from the Paris Conservatory and made his first professional recording at the age of 21.

In addition to receiving the First Prize of Piano and Chamber Music Award from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, he has won many competitions, including the International Piano Competition of Radio France, the International Academy Maurice Ravel and the International Piano Competition of Sofia (Bulgaria). He was also a semi-finalist in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition of Brussels. Boukobza enjoys his concert tours in conjunction with an active teaching career. His world-wide performances as a dazzling piano soloist and virtuosic chamber musician have earned him critical acclaim. He is the pianist in the famous Sirba Octet, featuring the world renowned Orchestre de Paris.

Boukobza immigrated to the United States in 1998, and currently is the professor of piano and chair of the Piano Studies Program at the University of Central Florida. He regularly performs at prestigious festivals all over the world.

The Kent State Stark Chorale will perform on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre

The students of the Chorale, directed by Frederick Locker, will perform several lively holiday songs, including a specially arranged Ceremony of Carols to celebrate the season.

Kent State Stark’s University Chorus and Men’s Chorus will perform
on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Main Hall Auditorium

The University Chorus consists of 30 talented Stark Campus students. Their performance begins with The Star-Spangled Banner and features four arrangements of Ava Maria, starting with the chant, then a motet based on that chant, then Rachmaninov’s Russian Orthodox version and finally, a modern arrangement by John Rutter.Popular holiday music, including Carol of the Bells, will also be performed.

Nearly 30 vocally gifted Kent State Stark students comprise the Men’s Chorus. They will perform traditional and spiritual songs and a seasonal choice of Gloria in Excelsis Deo, as well as a choral adaptation of Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.