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Kent/Blossom Takes Center Stage

Posted by [email protected] on June 5, 2014 at 6:50 PM

The sound of "sweet music" hit the Blossom Music Center for the first time on July 19, 1968, under the guidance of George Szell, the musical director of the Cleveland Orchestra.Coming in at a cool $6.5 million, it was touted as one the most ambitious cultural endeavors in northeastern Ohio history to be realized.


Under President Robert I. White, the Blossom Festival School emerged as a collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Music Center. The Kent State University faculty in conjunction with the Cleveland Orchestra musicians became a hot commodity, as students from all over the world competed for a chance to study under the newly created partnership.


By 1971, the Porthouse Theatre was created--thanks to a gift from Cyril Porthouse, an industrialist. Summer nights were soon filled with captive audiences, listening to musicals and enjoying a plethora of comedies and dramas!





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