Previews & Features
Donald Rosenberg named editor of Early Music America Magazine
by Mike Telin
On March 13, Early Music America, the advocacy organization for performers, scholars, students and audiences, announced the selection of Donald Rosenberg as the next editor of Early Music America Magazine. Founded in 1985 and now based in Pittsburgh, Early Music America (EMA) provides its membership with publications, advocacy, and technical support, in addition to publishing the quarterly magazine. (The term “Early music” includes Western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles.)
“It’s an organization for the entire early music community throughout North America,” Donald Rosenberg said during a recent Skype conversation. “It serves professionals, students, amateurs and enthusiasts. It serves as the go-to place for the early music field, which is growing so rapidly these days that I think it will become even more important to more people in the future. So I’m just thrilled to be associated with the organization and to have the chance to reach out and spread the word about early music.”
“EMA now has a Young Artist Competition that will be held in Chicago in November,” Rosenberg added. “They also do programs in collaboration with festivals — for example, the Berkeley Early Music Festival in California this year.” >>read on
Hautzinger named first ClevelandClassical Young Writers Fellow
ClevelandClassical is pleased to announce that Chicago native Daniel Hautzinger has been named the 2014 ClevelandClassical.com Young Writers Fellow. The two-month summer fellowship is designed for young writers who wish to hone their skills and prepare for careers on the new frontiers of musical journalism.
Hautzinger is completing his sophomore year at Oberlin where he is a double degree student majoring in piano performance and history. “I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” he said. “As an aspiring music critic, I will gain great journalistic experience through this fellowship by writing reviews and previews and conducting interviews with artists.”
Additionally, Hautzinger will participate in daily editorial meetings and strategy sessions with editors Daniel Hathaway and Mike Telin, and will interact with artists, presenters and publicists in the music industry. He will also be provided the opportunity to learn about and assist with all matters associated with the daily operations and managing of the website. >>read on
Oberlin announces Artist Recital Series for 2014-2015
Before the Takács Quartet's performance on April 13, Oberlin Conservatory Dean Andrea Kalyn announced dates for the forthcoming 136th Artist Recital Series. All performances will take place in Finney Chapel. Tickets will go on sale in the summer.
Tuesday, September 30 - The Calder Quartet (in residence 2014-16)
Tuesday, February 10 - Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Friday, February 20 - St. Lawrence Quartet
Saturday, February 28 - Bang on a Can All-Stars
Thursday, April 2 - John Relyea, bass-baritone
Sunday, April 12 - Jennifer Koh '97, violin
Friday, April 24 - The Cleveland Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki, conducting, with Jeremy Denk '90, piano
Cleveland Chamber Music Society announces its 2014-2015 season
At the performance by the Pavel Haas Quartet on April 8, the Cleveland Chamber Music Society announced the seven concerts to be presented during its 65th season. All performances will be begin on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights.
September 23: Pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer & cellist David Finckel.
October 21: The Belcea Quartet
December 2: The Juilliard String Quartet
January 13: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Benjamin Beilman & Ani Kavafian, violins, Paul Neubauer & Yura Lee, violins & David Finckel, cello)
February 24: The Jerusalem Quartet
March 10: Cellist Steven Isserlis & fortepianist Robert Levin
April 21: Tenor Ian Bostridge & pianist Wenwen Duh
Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham's recital with pianist Bradley Moore has been rescheduled for Monday, April 21 at 7:30 pm in Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall.
The Association has announced that it will present six performances in 2014-2015, all at E.J. Thomas Hall:
October 8 - Time for Three string trio
November 7 - Violinist Joshua Bell with the
Akron Symphony Orchestra
January 20 - Jonathan Biss, piano
February 26 - Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
March 31 - David Finckel, cello, Wu Han, piano &
Philip Setzer, violin
May 5 - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Octet
The Calder Quartet will become Oberlin's quartet in residence for the 2014-2016 academic years, making three visits to the campus each year beginning in September to coach ensembles, hold master classes and perform, including a concert on Oberlin's Artist Recital Series. The quartet will also expand its creative relationship with the Cleveland Museum of Art's concert series at Transformer Station...The Cleveland Orchestra Choruses will hold auditions for the 2014-2015 season this spring, beginning with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus (April 16 & 19) and continuing with the Youth Chorus (May 3 & 11 and June 7) and Children's Choruses (June 2, 7 & 14). Appointments required. More information here...Cleveland Orchestra principal trumpet Michael Sachs will become music director of Strings Music Festival Classical Series in Steamboat Springs, CO beginning with concerts in summer 2015...Broadway music director David Pepin (Kinky Boots, Wicked) will join the Baldwin Wallace faculty as Music Theatre Music Director beginning this fall...Good Company, A Vocal Ensemble is currently auditioning singers for 2014-2015. Details here...Ana Papakhian, communications director for The Cleveland Orchestra, has been named vice president of marketing and communications at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.
Second Cleveland Orchestra Cunning Little Vixen Production Diary
The second of four videos just released by The Cleveland Orchestra in advance of its forthcoming presentations of Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen introduces the cast of musicians and visual artists who are creating this made-for-Cleveland opera production. Click here to watch the video.
Youngstown Symphony with Kendra Colton (April 12)
by Robert Rollin
This past Saturday evening the Youngstown Symphony presented the season’s last classical music program with a twentieth-century musical emphasis. Soprano Kendra Colton served as guest artist for the evening in a performance of Samuel Barber’s poignant Knoxville: Summer of 1915.
American composer Samuel Barber was born in Pennsylvania to a well-to-do family. He was a prodigy who started studying composition, voice and piano at the Philadelphia Curtis Institute of Music at age fourteen. At twenty-five he won the prestigious American Prix de Rome and a Pulitzer travel abroad scholarship to study in Europe for the 1935-36 season. He later won two Pulitzer Prizes in the course of his illustrious career.
Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a southern American impressionistic musical portrait, sets a text by novelist, poet, and screenwriter, James Agee. >>read on
Cleveland Chamber Music Society: Pavel Haas Quartet at Plymouth (April 8)
by Daniel Hathaway
For their second appearance on the Cleveland Chamber Music Society series at Plymouth Church on April 8, the Pavel Haas Quartet scheduled two riveting twentieth-century works, Leos Janáček’s Quartet No. 1 and Benjamin Britten’s Quartet No. 2, followed by Beethoven’s “middle period” Quartet in e, op. 59, no. 2.
Founded in 2002 in Prague, the Haas Quartet retains two of its founding members, first violinist Veronika Jarůšková and violist Pavel Nikl. In an amusing swap soon afterward, the Haas Quartet traded cellists with the Škampa Quartet, thus musically reuniting Jarůšková with her husband, Peter Jarůšek. Second violinist Marek Zwiebel joined the ensemble in 2012, becoming the fourth person to occupy that position.
Changes in personnel are worth mentioning if only to marvel at the unanimity of approach such a quartet as the Pavel Haas can maintain as players come and go. >>read on
Omni Quartet at LCCC (April 7)
by Guytano Parks
Lorain County Community College's Signature Series of 2013-14 ended on a brilliant note with a performance by the Omni Quartet on Monday evening, April 7. The quartet was established five years ago and is comprised of violinists Amy Lee and Alicia Koelz, violist Joanna Patterson Zakany and cellist Tanya Ell, all members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Their program consisted of Mendelssohn's Quartet No. 2 in a, op. 13 and Beethoven's Quartet No. 15 in a, op. 132.
Tanya Ell's brief introductory commentary offered enlightening comparisons between the two works, and the musicians played excerpts to illustrate the similarities and influences, revealing Mendelssohn's deep reverence for Beethoven and his fascination with the late a minor quartet. The title of his song Ist es wahr? (Is it true?, op. 9, no. 1) is written into the score and it forms the motif of the opening Adagio, appearing in all four movements. Similarly, Beethoven wrote the title of his song Muss es sein? (Must it be?) into the score of op, 132. >>read on
NEOSonicFest 6: Cleveland Chamber Symphony — Young & Emerging Composers at BW (April 6)
by Daniel Hathaway
The Cleveland Chamber Symphony wrapped up its six-concert NEOSonicFest on Sunday evening in Gamble Auditorium at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory with the second part of its tribute to founder Edwin London. Continuing London’s tradition of orchestral readings of scores by “Young and Emerging Composers”, music director Stephen Smith and the ensemble brought the works of four composers to life in performances bracketed with scores by what might be called the Already Emerged: long-time CSU professor and CCS collaborator Howie Smith and 20th century insurance executive and musical iconoclast Charles Ives.
Each of the four composers — chosen after an earlier reading session — was invited to come to the stage and say a few words about their very different pieces. >>read on
Quire Cleveland: American Choral Gems at Historic St. Peter Church (April 6)
By Daniel Hathaway
Ross Duffin and the twenty voices of Quire Cleveland turned their attention to nearly three hundred years of American music on Sunday afternoon at Historic St. Peter Church in downtown Cleveland, visiting some well-known tunes in lesser-known packaging and dusting the cobwebs off some fine music that deserves to come down out of the attic and be heard once again.
Duffin led off with his own four-part arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner, probably the first time most members of the audience had heard — or even been aware of — all four of its stanzas. The arrangement was artful even if some of Francis Scott Key’s verse is overwrought (and lines like Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution challenged the normally admirable diction of the group).
The antebellum first half of the program included stern Puritan psalms from The Bay Psalm Book nicely softened and varied by Duffin’s arrangements, a set by William Billings and his circle that included the well-known round, When Jesus wept, and I am the Rose of Sharon, plus two amusing choruses about music-making, Daniel Read’s Down steers the bass, and Billings’s Modern Music. >>read on
NEOSonicFest Concert 5 — FiveOne Experimental Orchestra at The Screw Factory (April 5)
by Mike Telin
Anyone familiar with FiveOne Experimental Orchestra knows one thing: no concert will be like the last one. With their “no-boundaries” approach to music, this inventive group has a knack for creating happenings. They regularly incorporate artistic disciplines such as sculptors, filmmakers, dancers, and visual artists into their concerts. And they stand by their mission to present their concerts in unusual spaces like the Sculpture Center and the East Cleveland Township Cemetery.
On Saturday, Saturday, April 5 as part of NEOSonicFest, FiveOne Experimental Orchestra outdid themselves during their performance at The Screw Factory in Lakewood. And once again, it was a happening.
The Screw Factory is a massive complex that once served as the home of the Templar Motor Company. It later became a production facility for nuts and bolts, hence its name. >>read on
Violinist Miranda Cuckson — CMA @ Transformer Station (April 1)
by Mike Telin
If you don’t know violinist Miranda Cuckson, you should. Cuckson, who has firmly established herself as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary music — especially on the east coast — presented two area concerts last week at LCCC’s Signature Series (March 31) and CMA@ Transformer Station (April 1). I heard the Transformer Station concert.
Miranda Cuckson, who admits to having accumulated quite a bit of repertoire, admirably arrived with not one, but two concerts’ worth, nine works in total and including some of the most technically and physically demanding compositions in the contemporary solo violin canon.
Although soft spoken and slight of frame, Cuckson is a commanding performer with technique to spare. >>read on
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