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International Violin Competition of Indianapolis: a conversation with gold medalist Jinjoo Cho

by Mike Telin

CHO-JinjooOn September 5, thirty-seven young violinists representing fourteen countries began their quest to win the Gold Medal at the Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. After the field had been narrowed to sixteen contestants, and then to six, on Saturday, September 20 the jury announced that Jinjoo Cho was the winner of the competition’s top prize. [Read More...]

Smallwood & Underhill’s musical, “Remember the Pines,” to premiere at Shore Cultural Center from October 3

by Mike Telin

Pines-poster“I first read the novel back in 1992 when I was living in Los Angeles. And right away I started thinking that it could make a great musical,” award-winning Northeast Ohio poet and playwright Brian Smallwood recalled during a telephone conversation. The novel Smallwood is referring to, Germinal, by French novelist Émile Zola, graphically portrays the dismal lives of coal miners and their families during the mid-1800s. It also struck a personal chord with Smallwood. “As I was thinking about it, I started gathering historical data from a mining disaster that one of my family members was involved in back in 1940.” [Read More...]

CIM Orchestra at Home October 8: a conversation with harpist Rebekah Efthimiou

by Carlyn Kessler

EFTHIMIOU-RebekahThe one thing Rebekah Efthimiou wants everyone to know about Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra is that it contradicts all stereotypes audiences may have about her instrument. On Wednesday, October 8 beginning at 8:00 pm in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Carl Topilow will lead the CIM Orchestra in a concert featuring Ginastera’s skillfully-crafted concerto. The concert also includes Johann Strauss II’s Overture to “Die Fledermaus” and Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1. [Read More...]

Meridian Arts Ensemble Brass Quintet to open KSU’s Vanguard New Music Guest Artist Series on October 2

by Daniel Hathaway

Meridian-Arts-Ensemble-BQKent State University’s New Music Series will get underway on Thursday, October 2 at 8:00 pm in Ludwig Recital Hall with a concert by the Meridian Arts Ensemble brass quartet, featuring music by Cleveland composer Andrew Rindfleisch along with works by Stephen Foster, James Thornton, Amy Williams, Walter Kollo, Giovanni Gabrieli, David Felder and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The performance is part of KSU’s Vanguard New Music Guest Artist Series, which operates in tandem with the university’s New Music Series, Frank Wiley, director. [Read More...]

Belgrade Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony to play concerts at Severance Hall this fall

by Daniel Hathaway


Visiting orchestras are rare on the Cleveland scene, but this fall, we’ll have the opportunity to hear both the Belgrade Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony in concerts at Severance Hall.

The Belgrade Philharmonic will make a whirlwind, four-city tour of the eastern half of the United States in October, playing at Chicago’s Symphony Hall on Monday, October 6, at Severance Hall on Tuesday, October 7, at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland on Wednesday, October 8, and in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York on Thursday, October 9. [Read More...]

Octavio Más-Arocas to make conducting debut with the BW Symphony Orchestra September 26

by Daniel Hathaway

Octavio-Más-Arocas_#4818833There’ll be a festive fanfare when Spanish-born conductor Octavio Más-Arocas conducts his first concert with the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra on Friday, September 26, but that new piece by Kevin C. Thompson is only the first of several curtain-raisers BW’s new orchestral maestro has planned in a continuing series he calls “The Symphony Orchestra Fanfare Project.”

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Organist Jonathan Ryan to perform at Stambaugh Auditorium September 28

by Daniel Hathaway

RYAN-JonathanAmerican organist Jonathan Ryan will open this season’s organ series on the E.M. Skinner instrument in Youngstown’s Stambaugh Auditorium on Sunday, September 28 at 4:00 pm.

Ryan, who is currently assistant music director at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, began his professional studies with Todd Wilson at the Cleveland Institute of Music before moving on to graduate studies at Eastman.

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