Kent State School of Music to commemorate May 4 shooting with Severance performance

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Glauser School of Music at Kent State University will bring nearly 300 students to the Severance Music Center on May 2 for an event commemorating the May 4, 1970 shooting in Kent State.

The performance, titled “Stories of Peace, Protest, and Reflection,” will primarily feature students from the School of Music, and will also include collaborations with the Wick Poetry Center and the School of Theater and Dance. It commemorates and honors the tragedy that unfolded on campus on May 4, 1970, when National Guardsmen fired on students protesting the Vietnam War, killing four and wounding nine.

“I am thrilled that we can perform at the Severance Music Center, presenting such a powerful and important concert, Kent McWilliams, director and professor at the School of Music, said in a press release. “Today we face many of the same challenges that led up to May 4. I hope that through art we can come together as a community to continue to learn and face them together.”

Tickets for the event are $25 and are available now at the Severance Ticket Office and on the Cleveland Orchestra website, Discounted tickets are also available for participants under the age of 18.

According to a press release, the program will include performances of “With Heart and Voice” by David Gillingham, “I Have a Dream” by Bobby Selvaggio (with spoken word artist Orlando Watson), selections by Scott Davenport and ” Blind Injustice” by David Cole and Adam Roberts’ new work “Sometime There Is a Day”. “Stories of Peace, Protest and Reflection” will also include poetry read by guest speakers, selected from a collection of the Wick Poetry Center commemorating the 50th anniversary of the shooting.

The event will conclude with “Be the Change,” a work written by Marc Kaplan and Colin Britt that will feature all of the artists on stage at once, according to a press release.

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