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“Sneak Peek in Chill Setting” — John HC Thompson on FiveOne’s album preview concert at the Bop Stop

by Jarrett Hoffman

FiveOne-Experimental-Orchestra“We like to keep a very loose atmosphere at our concerts, almost like a party or a rock show, where people can move around, drink, and chat,” said FiveOne Experimental Orchestra’s artistic director, John HC Thompson. “We play a lot of nuanced, delicate music, but we don’t do it in a stiff, sit-down, traditional classical music way.”

On Friday, May 8 at 9:00 pm, FiveOne Experimental Orchestra (51XO) will offer Bop Stop listeners a glimpse of the group’s upcoming album. In addition to premiering Michael Bratt’s Atari Punk, they will perform works by Jeremy Allen, John HC Thompson, David Crowell, Michael Laurello, and Ted Hearne. Admission is free.

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Oberlin announces partnership with Lake Como Piano Academy

Kalyn, Naboré & Oberlin Piano Faculty

Oberlin, April 30, 2015 — Beginning in the fall of 2015, three piano students will be selected from a worldwide pool of applicants to take part in the Oberlin-Como Piano Academy, a two-year program at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music which will result in the awarding of an artist diploma. Oberlin Conservatory Dean Andrea Kalyn and the piano faculty announced the new program today.

Based in a 17th century palace on Italy’s Lake Como, the International Piano Academy Lake Como was created in 2002 by William Naboré and Martha Argerich. The academy is dedicated to developing young pianists without regard to financial resources or country of origin. [Read More…]

Cleveland Orchestra: a chat with guest pianist Marc-André Hamelin

by Mike Telin

Hamelin-MarcAndreIt’s all about “the Father of the Symphony” this week at Severance Hall when British conductor Matthew Halls leads The Cleveland Orchestra in three all-Haydn programs that include the Overture to L’isola disabitata, the Concerto for Two Horns, featuring TCO horn players Richard King and Jesse McCormick, and the Symphony No. 101 (“The Clock”). Check our Concert Listings page for dates and times.

All three programs also include Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major featuring Marc-André Hamelin as soloist. “I’m looking forward to the concerts very much because this is my debut with The Cleveland Orchestra,” the friendly Hamelin said during a telephone conversation from his home in Boston. [Read More…]

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra: a conversation with cellist Henry Shapard

by Mike Telin

SHAPARD-Henry“It’s more that the piece came my way rather than me actively looking for it,” cellist Henry Shapard said during a telephone conversation. “Back in the fall I sat down with my great teacher Richard Weiss and asked him what he would like me to play. I had just played Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations in the summer, so I expected that he would recommend something like the Dvořák. But he told me that before I did anything else, I really should work on the Kabalevsky.”

On Sunday, May 3rd at 8:00 pm in Severance Hall, Henry Shapard will perform Dmitry Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto in g with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra under the direction of Brett Mitchell. [Read More…]

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble to play Tuesday Musical Series finale on May 5

by Mike Telin

ASMF-Ch-EnsOn Tuesday, May, 5 beginning at 7:30 pm at E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron, the Tuesday Musical Association’s 2014-2015 concert season will come to a close with a performance by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. The program will include works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.

Announcing the concert, TMA Executive Director Jarrod Hartzler said “the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is one of the most recognized names in the classical music world, and rightly so. Their performances continually wow audiences, and I know that their Akron performance will be no different.” [Read More…]

Cleveland Opera Theater’s Lisa Yanofsky discusses educational and outreach programs

by Mike Telin

YANOFSKY-LisaaOn Friday, May 8 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 pm at the Cleveland Performing Arts Center (formerly Masonic Auditorium), Cleveland Opera Theater will present Puccini’s Tosca. Performed with full orchestra, chorus, and costumes, the production will feature sets designed by renowned Cleveland architect Richard Fleischman.

In a recent telephone conversation with COT’s education and outreach director Lisa Yanofsky, I asked her to talk about the educational activities the company has planned for the production. She began by telling me about the youth chorus that will be part of the production. [Read More…]

Cleveland Opera Theater to Present “Tosca” on May 8 & 10

by Mike Telin

TOSCA-posterOpera Per Tutti, founded by Andrea Anelli in 2006, made the bold announcement in December of 2014 that it would re-brand itself as Cleveland Opera Theater. The change was made with one purpose in mind: to create a sustainable model for an opera company in the 21st century in Cleveland. This is the first of three articles that will examine the many exciting endeavors the company is undertaking to make its vision to reality.

On Friday, May 8 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 pm at the Cleveland Performing Arts Center (formerly Masonic Auditorium), Cleveland Opera Theater will present its most ambitious production to date with Puccini’s Tosca. [Read More…]