Tours: Italy

In 1995, the founding members of the Kent Camerata went to Florence as vocal and instrumental faculty for the “Kent-in-Florence” music program, an instructional opportunity for vocal and instrumental students from the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, Kent State University.  When the faculty artists were invited to present a solo/chamber music concert at the Conservatorio Statale Luigi Cherubini, they named the ensemble The Kent Camerata, taking inspiration from Florentine Camerata gatherings of Renaissance artists and musicians of various specialties.

“Marvelously performed with particular attention to sensitive expression.” (Giuseppe Giglio, Director, Cherubini Conservatory)

Subsequently, many engagements followed.  The Kent Camerata performed in the beautiful 17th century St. Peter’s Church in Nibbiano to open the Val Tidone Festival and International Piano Competition.  That performance was praised by the reviewer from a leading Italian newspaper:

“Musical pearls and a bit of humor from a group with exemplary musical approach…originality…amazing elegance…perfect singing.” (Oliviero Marchesi, Liberta, Milano)    See REVIEW 

Courtyard of  Kent Camerata’s concert venue,
Cenobio San Vittore,

The Kent Camerata appeared on the Bologna May Festival at I Concerti del Cenobio San Vittore  in the cloister of the early Christian monastery. Their festive Cremona-Grumone concert in the Renaissance Villa Manna-Roncadelli-Vaghi was followed by a banquet with the Mayor of Cremona and other distinguished members of the overflow crowd.

Kent Camerata members with Consul General William McIlhenny, at the post-concert reception, the American Consulate, Florence

United States Consulate concert, Florence

Kent-in-Florence Music, performance at St. James American church, Florence

In Florence, the Kent Camerata performed at the elegant palazzo of the American Consulate for the invited guests of William W. McIlhenny, the Consul General of the United States.  The St. James American Episcopal Church sponsored many concerts, and the Kent Camerata also accepted return invitations at the  Cherubini Conservatory to give concerts and master classes.  Many events gave opportunities to meet with musical colleagues from the Cherubini, the Scuola di Musica Fiesole, the Conservatorio Statale Vincenzo Bellini di Palermo and the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence.  All occasions expressed the warmth of international sharing and friendships.

Bassoonists gather at the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence; (l to r) Alessandro Masi, bassoon maker and former member Maggio Musicale Orchestra, David DeBolt, Luigi Cherubini, Stefano Vicentini, Principal Maggio Musicale Orchestra
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Jan reaches for the stars, preparing
to go on in Florence.
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Dave & Jan by the grand staircase, U.S. Consulate