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Severance Hall to be transformed into a landscape of nature: The Cleveland Orchestra presents Strauss’s Daphne May 27 and 30 — Part Two of Three

by Mike Telin

Daphne-stage-design-illustration-in-Severance-Hall,-courtesy-of-James-Darrah-and-Mac-Moc-Design“Severance Hall is going to be turned into a picturesque landscape of nature,” said Julie Kim, director of operations for The Cleveland Orchestra, during a telephone conversation. The outdoors will be brought inside when Franz Welser-Möst leads a cast of internationally-renowned singers in a new production of Richard Strauss’s one-act opera, Daphne, on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 pm.

In part one of this article, Emily MacDonald, who along with her husband, Cameron Jaye Mock, created the scenic, lighting, and projection design for the production, talked about the process they used in making stage director James Darrah’s vision for the opera sets a reality. In part two of this article, Julie Kim describes the role her department played in bringing the design team’s vision to reality.

Kim said that everything started with Darrah’s vision for bringing outdoors inside. “His creative team of set, lighting and projection designers would send us drawings, models and renderings to give us an idea of exactly what it is that they wanted us to build. At first it was all about engaging everyone who would need to be involved in order to build the production — finding the lighting people, the vendors, the painters, the hair and wig stylists, the make-up artists, a props manager, and someone to do the stage management.” [Read More…]

CIPC names Young Artist Winners

Cleveland — May 21

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Paul Schenly, chairman of the Jury, announced the winners of the Cleveland International Piano Competition’s Young Artist Competition following the final round on Thursday evening with Gerhardt Zimmermann and the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Gartner Auditorium of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

First Prize, Senior Division ($25,000):  Yuanfan Yang, 18, U.K. (right in photo, with executive director Pierre van der Westhuizen). Second Prize, Senior Division ($10,000):  Jiacheng Xiong, 18, China. Third Prize, Senior Division ($5,000): Chaeyoung Park, 17, South Korea. First Prize, Junior Division ($10,000): Jae Hong Park, 15, South Korea (left in photo). Second Prize, Junior Division ($5,000): Leonid Nediak, 12, Canada. Third Prize, Junior Division ($2,500): Elliot Wuu, 15, USA. Mozart Prize ($500): Eiliot Wuu. Bach Prize ($500): William Yang, 13, USA. Audience Prize ($1,500): Leonid Nediak. (Photo: Jon Theobald.)

Severance Hall to be transformed into a landscape of nature: The Cleveland Orchestra presents Strauss’s Daphne May 27 and 30 — Part One of Three

by Mike Telin

Daphne Stage rendering courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra“Severance Hall is going to be turned into a picturesque landscape of nature,” said Julie Kim, director of operations for The Cleveland Orchestra, during a telephone conversation. The outdoors will be brought inside when Franz Welser-Möst leads a cast of internationally-renowned singers in a new production of Richard Strauss’s one-act opera, Daphne, on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 pm.

Strauss described the opera as a “bucolic tragedy” which tells the story of a young woman who must choose between the love of men and her love for nature. The cast will include soprano Regine Hangler as Daphne, tenor Andreas Schager as Apollo, tenor Norbert Ernst as Leukippos, bass Ain Anger as Peneios and mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby as Gaea. The opera will be sung in German with English supertitles and will be presented without intermission. (Running time is approximately 95 minutes).

Kim said was important to create a natural environment inside Severance Hall because it evokes the theme of the opera. The task of the design team was “to do it in a simple way that aligns with stage director James Darrah’s esthetic of using simple elements to create something beautiful.” [Read More…]

Burning River Brass to give free concert on Arts Renaissance Tremont Series

by Daniel Hathaway

Burning-River-Brass-New“It’s a minor miracle,” said Burning River Brass artistic director Heather Zweifel. “Burning River Brass is giving a concert that’s not a Christmas gig!” That’s going to take place on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Church in Tremont as a special, bonus concert on the Arts Renaissance Tremont series. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

In the last few years, BRB has come to be a reliable harbinger of the holiday season with a series of performances throughout Northeast Ohio, but the twenty-year old brass ensemble started out playing during all seasons of the year. Then its members, originally area freelancers, began landing permanent or temporary jobs in prestigious orchestras in the USA and Canada, making it difficult for the group to come together on a regular basis — except during the holidays. [Read More…]

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival to begin May 28

by Mike Telin

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Next week marks the fifteenth installment of the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival. Beginning at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 28 and continuing through Sunday evening, May 31 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, CICGF will present recitals and master classes by Antonis Hatzinikolaou (Greece); Nigel North, lute (England); Jason Vieaux and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis (USA); Paul Galbraith (Scotland); Ricardo Gallen (Spain); Duo Melis (Susana Prieto, Spain, and Alexis Muzurakis, Greece); and Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic). See our concert listings page for days and times.

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CityMusic Cleveland presents Wishes and Dreams, a Homeless Children Project

by Mike Telin

HEADLEY-Heather“One day my husband put an article on my desk about the plight of homeless children in New York City,” Eugenia Strauss, executive director of CityMusic Cleveland recalled during a recent telephone conversation. “I read the article and was astonished by the facts, so I began to make some telephone calls to find out what the situation is here in Cleveland.” What Strauss learned from those telephone calls became the seed that grew into CityMusic’s most recent project devoted to heightening community awareness of a social issue.

On Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 at 8:00 pm in Masonic Auditorium Performing Arts Center, CityMusic Cleveland, under the direction of Avner Dorman, will present Wishes and Dreams, a Homeless Children Project. The concert will feature the Grammy- and Tony Award-Winning singer Heather Headley (pictured above). The program will also include Dorman’s Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! featuring percussionists Luke Rinderknecht and Haruka Fuji. [Read More…]

Chamberfest Cleveland plans ten concerts in its fourth season from June 17—July 1

by Daniel Hathaway

COHEN-Frank-&-DianaHaving expanded its June season from five concerts in 2012 to eight in 2013, Franklin and Diana Cohen’s ChamberFest Cleveland grew again in 2014 to encompass ten events. Ten seems now to be the magic number for this enterprising festival, which offers everything you can imagine in the category of chamber music, played by an all-star cast of young musicians who come to Cleveland from far and wide. The ten concerts scheduled for the 2015 festival will begin on Wednesday, June 17 at Spaces and conclude on Wednesday, July 1 at a new venue, the Blackstone Organ House in Bratenahl.

Operating under the theme of “Crossing Borders,” the festival events will move about from venue to venue during those two weeks, as they explore the theme of travels and journeys. [Read More…]