by Stephanie Manning
At first glance, the inclusion of Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 6 in F Major, “American,” might seem out of place on a program dedicated to historical Cleveland composers. But the concert’s curator, Cleveland Orchestra violinist Isabel Trautwein, posed a question to the audience. Why has this work become so well-known, while other pieces — like the ones on this concert — have not?
Trautwein’s question left lots of food for thought over the course of “Honoring Our Past Masters: The Golden Age of Cleveland Art, 1900–1945,” on Saturday afternoon, December 4. The five pieces provided just a taste of the rich variety of music written by those who have called Cleveland home.