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Kent State University Orchestra presents an All Russian Program

Posted Mar. 11, 2014

Orchestra rehearsalThe Kent State University Orchestra will present a free concert highlighting Russian masterpieces on Saturday, Mar. 15 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.

Graduate Student Pamela Burovac will lead the orchestra’s performance of Aram Khachaturian’s “Suite from Masquerade“ while Orchestra Director, Charles Latshaw will conduct Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64.”

“Khachaturian's catchy suite from Masquerade is chock-full of memorable tunes and moments. Written in 1941 as incidental music for a stage play, this piece is a perfect example of how Khachaturian was the early 20th century musical descendent of Tchaikovsky, but adds a special exotic flavor from the composer's Armenian heritage,” said Charles Latshaw, Director of the Kent State University Orchestra.  “The fifth symphony of Tchaikovsky is his most triumphant, most bombastic expression of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.”

Mr. Latshaw will treat audience members to an entertaining and informative talk during intermission. His well-received “Chat with Charles” expands on music performed the day of the concert. Admission to this concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music by calling 330-672-2172 or visiting