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Kent State University Orchestra presents “Death and Life.” A performance celebrating the concerto competition winners.

Posted Feb. 4, 2014

Yuka and YuxuanThe Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music Orchestra will continue its 2013-2014 season with a performance highlighting the undergraduate and graduate concerto competition winners Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. Cartwright Hall is located at 650 Hilltop Drive, with free parking located off of Terrace Drive.

The graduate concerto competition winner, pianist Yuka Nakayama-Lewicki, will perform Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra, S. 126 by Franz Liszt. The undergraduate winner, junior music performance major and violist Yuxuan Zhang, will perform the first movement of Der Schwanendreher, concerto for viola and small orchestra by Paul Hindemith.

Audience members will be treated to a fascinating program titled Death and Life. “The first half of the concert pairs the fiery Liszt with Michael Daugherty's Red Cape Tango, a whirlwind of a piece depicting the final battle between Superman and Doomsday” said Charles Latshaw, Director of the Kent State University Orchestra. “The second half of the performance brings about uplifting and sometimes hilarious stories with Hindemith's piece about his escape from Nazi Germany to America, and Zoltán Kodály's Háry János Suite which chronicles the not-quite-true heroic acts of a long-retired old soldier.” Latshaw will continue to provide entertainment for the audience at intermission during his well-received Conversations with Charles.

Yuka Nakayama-Lewicki is a graduate student of Donna Lee pursuing a master’s degree with emphasis in chamber music. Yuka earned degrees from Tokyo Gakugei University and Ball State and her performances have taken her to Asia and Europe. She is also a founding member of the Aurora Trio comprised of clarinet, violin and piano; they are scheduled to perform live on WCLV this April.

Yuxuan Zhang started studying violin at the age of 5. She entered the pre-college division at China’s Central Conservatory and began studying viola at thirteen. Ms. Zhang has participated in the renowned Aspen Music Festival for two consecutive years and she is currently pursuing a bachelor in music performance with Yu Jin at Kent State University.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State University faculty and staff, $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons, $8 for non Kent State students, $5 for children and free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students.

Tickets are available weekdays 12 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 campus of Kent State University. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.

The Cartwright 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