by Daniel Hautzinger
Chamber music is an intimate experience, for musicians and audience alike (you can only fit so many people into a “chamber”). And what’s more intimate than a living room as a practice space? According to ChamberFest Speaker Patrick Castillo, “the primary rehearsal space for ChamberFest Cleveland is Frank Cohen’s living room, which already creates this sense of homey-ness. It’s a very warm experience for all the artists involved and myself, and hopefully for the audience as well.”
ChamberFest, launched in 2012 by Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Cohen and his daughter, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Diana Cohen, is a series of ten chamber music recitals in diverse venues across Cleveland. It begins on June 19 in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Mixon Hall and continues through June 29 (see our concert listings page or the ChamberFest website for concert details). The Cohens serve as Artistic Directors of ChamberFest.