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The Kent Camerata is a professional vocal/instrumental ensemble. Founded in 1995 as part of Kent State University's “Kent-in-Florence” music program, this unique group took its name and inspiration from the Florentine Camerata of the Renaissance. Since their debut tour in Italy, they have performed to great appreciation in many parts of the world.
“Musical pearls and a bit of humor from a group with exemplary musical approach …originality… amazing elegance…perfect singing” (Oliviero Marchesi, Liberta, Milano) See Reviews
The core members of the group, soprano Amanda-Joyce Abbott, mezzo soprano Mary Sue Hyatt, bassoonist David DeBolt, and pianist Jan Meyer Thompson, along with affiliate artists, violist Nancy Buck, and flutist Linda Brunner perform in a variety of combinations. Their quick-paced programs of colorful repertoire include masterpieces by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, Fauré, Bridge, Britten, Barber, and Loeffler. Through engaging audience rapport, the Kent Camerata members share the meaning and enjoyment of these works.
In addition to appearances in New England, the Midwest, and the Southwestern United States and Canada, the Kent Camerata has performed numerous concert tours in Italy, Germany, Ireland, France, China, and Canada. Many of the Kent Camerata visits also include educational presentations such as master classes and school concerts.
The objective of the Kent Camerata’s international creative outreach is to further cultural understanding, friendships, and professional collaborations, while sharing the joy of beautiful music making.
Kent Camerata Favorites is the title of the chamber ensemble’s new CD, featuring a variety of solo and ensemble music.
The Kent Camerta bows at Schloss Aschach