In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the Cleveland Museum of Art and The Cleveland Orchestra present a program of the great chamber works of Italian composers. This concise survey of Italian masterworks indulges in the splendor of several centuries of music, from the Renaissance to present day, performed by members of one of the greatest orchestras in the world under assistant conductor James Feddeck. The program will feature music by Boccherini, Berio, Vivaldi, Scelsi, Scodanibbio, Dallapiccola, and more in conjunction with pre-concert talks discussing Italian art and artists.
Tickets are $20 per concert or $50 for all three. For more information, visithttp://www.clevelandart.org.
– Submitted by FC
Movie music, jazz giants, children’s classics and family favorites, the heart of the renowned Cleveland Orchestra’s 2010-2011 season at Severance Hall is itself a masterpiece of unforgettable entertainment.
December’s calendar keeps things hopping with a night of music from classic holiday movies like The Polar Express and It’s A Wonderful Life (December 8 ) and a visit from jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his quartet to the Severance stage. And next April, when things should be warming up in Northeast Ohio, jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Orchestra team up for a hot tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.
The holidays also bring several daytime December concerts for all ages. The Music of Chanukah (December 4 and 7) the Christmas Brass Quintet (December 15 and 18) and All About Kwanzaa (December 16) offer 40-minute performances in Severance’s Concert Hall to enthrall and delight parents and kids alike.
Family entertainment continues in the New Year with two Sunday afternoon joys. On January 9, the Academy Trainees of the Joffrey Balley and the Cleveland School of Dance join the Orchestra to bring Stravinsky’s The Firebird to life and, on April 17, the Orchestra and the Magic Circle Mime Company revisit the classic Peter and the Wolf.
Other highlights of the second half of the Orchestra’s season include four fully-staged performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni opera in March and an all-new two-weekend Baroque Festival with Dutch artist-in-residence Ton Koopman conduction works by Bach, Handel and Haydn.
The world’s best orchestra, performing in its own magnificent home setting? Now that’s worth an encore . . . or three. – Submitted by John Booth, guest blogger
Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine is a gender-bending comedy that explores the different relationships that can and do exist between men and women. It also explores the roles that men and women have played in society throughout history. Some characters are gay and others are straight. Some male characters are actually played by females, while some female characters by males. This brings out some of the comedy of the play while, at the same time, showing the differences and similarities that exist between the two sexes.
The first act of Cloud Nine takes place in Victorian era South Africa during the British occupation. The second skips ahead 100 years to the 1960s, although the characters, themselves, have only aged 25 years. Like modern art and literature, Cloud Nine “bends the rules,” but in doing so, it still tells an important story about the relationships between men and women since the dawn of time.
Caryl Churchill is one of the most critically acclaimed playwrights in the English-speaking world. She has written for the theatre, television and radio. And although she is known for her socialist and feminist views, her works present a very open-minded exploration of social, political and moral issues. (On a personal note, I knew nothing of Ms. Churchill before seeing this play, but after finding Cloud Nine so thoroughly enjoyable, I want to know more about her and read more of her works.)
Cloud Nine is the first Play House performance for this first-year MFA class (graduating class of 2012). And these students were excellent. I was a bit apprehensive going into this play because I so enjoyed this year’s graduating class in previous Play House productions. I was afraid that this class might not “live up” to the great talent that I had seen in the class of 2010. But those fears have been allayed and I look forward to seeing more work from the 2012 class.
About 15 minutes east of downtown Cleveland, University Circle shines as a world-class arts and culture destination. There’s a lot to see and do in the circle so we made it our mission to discover the things you absolutely cannot miss when you visit. Read on for tips for making the most of your University Circle experience or watch the Positively Cleveland video below.
Cleveland Institute of Art
Founded in 1882, The Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent college of art and design that also offers a wide array of public programming.
11141 East Boulevard, 216.421.7000, www.cia.edu
Reinberger Gallery open 10am-5pm on Tues., Wed., Thurs., Sat. and 10am-9pm on Fri.
Various alternative and arts film showings at the CIA Cinematheque.
- CIA’s Cinematheque shows more than 250 domestic and international films each year, films you probably can’t see anywhere else. Admission is $8, parking is free (right next to the building) and concessions won’t break the bank. Tickets may be purchased at CIA’s box office before each film. View the schedule here.
- Just inside the doors of CIA’s Gund building, visitors are welcome to browse the FREE Reinberger Gallery where local artists as well as major traveling exhibits are displayed Tuesday through Saturday.
- The Visiting Artist Program invites artists of regional, national and international renown to CIA to present free lectures showcasing a wide variety of topics in fine arts and design. These lectures are free and open to the public.
Long considered one of America’s great orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra performs in Severance Hall, located in University Circle on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.
11001 Euclid Avenue, 216.231.1111, www.clevelandorchestra.com
Various concert and event times.
- Silver aluminum decorates the entire hall and the acoustics are prime, making it a fantastic place to hear a concert.
- The Cleveland Orchestra packs their schedule with family-friendly events throughout the concert season. Browse the events calendar to find something for the whole family.
- The Orchestra has two homes. Severance Hall , the orchestra’s winter home is in University Circle. In the summer, picnic with the orchestra at Blossom Music Center, a large outdoor venue.
- Severance Hall offers free public tours on selected Sundays at 12pm and 1pm during the Severance Hall season. Call 216.231.1111 for reservations. Private tours can be arranged for a fee by calling 216.231.7421.
- Severance offers on-site parking, dining and a music-inspired gift shop.
Cleveland Museum of Art
One of the nation’s most preeminent art museums, featuring 6,000 years of the world’s great art and significant special exhibitions. The current expansion project re-imagines the museum.
11150 East Boulevard, 888.CMA.0033, www.clevelandart.org
Open 10am-5pm Tues., Thurs. and Sat. and 10am-9pm Wed. and Fri.
- The Cleveland Museum of Art is FREE (excepting some special exhibitions)
- Coming soon are galleries for Asian, antiquities, ancient Americas, medieval European and Sub-Saharan African art, textiles, and prints and drawings.
- Head to the second floor to experience CMA’s newly renovated art research library, the 3rd largest in the United States, including 401,918 volumes. Open to the public free everyday for leisurely reading.
- CMA hosts some of Cleveland’s most popular events, including Parade the Circle
Cleveland Institute of Music
CIM is an internationally known observatory of music boasting a gorgeous recital hall where faculty, visiting musicians and students of the highest caliber perform hundreds of free concerts each year.
11021 East Boulevard, 216.791.5000, www.cim.edu
Various concert and recital times.
- The public is encouraged to attend one of more than 400 free concerts performed each year by students, faculty and well-known guest musicians.
- As part of the curriculum at CIM, students are required to perform individual recitals (open to the public) to help prepare them for large audiences.
THE COST: Research some recipes that sound fancy, but are fairly easy to make (like soy-glazed salmon, pan-seared filet mignon, or lemon-garlic chicken). Visit Pinzone Meats (Stands B-4 and B-5) and grab two fresh sirloin tips for $5 a pound (about $15 per steak), which are great and cheap for grilling. Or visit Kate’s Fish (Stand F-12 and F-13) and pick up two Atlantic salmon filets for $8.99 per pound, for a healthy, late night affair. Throw in some veggies ($10) and a few Great Lakes beers ($15) and you’ve got a pretty cheap date.
THE KNOWLEDGE: Adventurous food choices will show an open mind willing to try new things. In contrast, hunting for the perfect hamburgers between complaints about the cleanliness of the fruit will unleash the miscreant date monster beneath. Pay close attention to their urban diplomacy skills. The ability to wrangle with artful street vendors (while being funny, smart, and getting a good price) will only add bonus points to the long-term relationship formula.
As described by Michael Bloom, the Play House’s Artistic Director, FusionFest is “new theatre… music and dance in the same building… an opportunity to move from one performance to another… a unique collaboration of Cleveland institutions… major national artists.”
FusionFest is the only multi-disciplinary festival of new work at a regional theatre in the country. Participating in this year’s festival, in addition to the Cleveland Play House, are the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, Verb Ballets, Karamu House, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland) and the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland.
Michael Volle stopped in the Visitors Center today asking for directions and information to Amish Country and Niagara Falls, two destinations he may visit between performances of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at Severance Hall. Mr. Volle is with the Zurich Opera and plays the role of Count Almaviva in the show. For the first time in more than 30 years, The Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of Franz Welser-Most, will move into the orchestra pit for the fully-staged opera. Mr. Volle said they have been in Cleveland for a week rehearsing the show and spoke of the challenges of adapting the performance from 11 stage entrance doors to the four doors at Severance Hall. He mentioned that he had always heard of the outstanding acoustics at Severance Hall and could now verify the claim. Mr. Volle said he is enjoying Cleveland’s hospitality and performing with The Cleveland Orchestra.
It was a thrill for me to meet this bass-baritone opera member from Munich, Germany. And yes, I did get his autograph! –Submitted by Joyce Noss, Positively Cleveland, Visitors Center supervisor
I have seen pleas from shopkeeps at great local stores like City Buddha and Big Fun for shoppers to keep the “little guy” in mind this winter. And, I have been asked by a number of people for Cleveland-centric gift ideas. This, to me, sounds like the perfect marriage.
Brainstorming, here are a 15 ideas:
1. A gift certificate from Cleveland Independents. This is a great idea. Who doesn’t love food? This promotional group of independently-owned area restaurants includes Great Lakes Brewing Company, Lago, Melt Bar & Grilled, Nighttown, Paladar, Sergio’s SARAVA and many others. Now you can purchase a single gift certficate in any denomination, print it at home and use it at the restaurant of your choice.