CityMusic Cleveland brings classical performance to St. Noel in Willoughby Hills
By Chris M. Worrell, Correspondent on December 08, 2012
WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio -- St. Noel Church of Willoughby Hills, 35200 Chardon Road,
offers a concert by CityMusic Cleveland Friday, Dec. 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The free performance is open to the public.
Conductor Stefan Willich will lead the orchestra through a
pair of Mozart works, "Overture to the Marriage of Figaro" and "Oboe Concerto
in C, K314," and Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 4." The musicians may even add a
few holiday favorites.
Eugenia Strauss, executive director of CityMusic, says
the large church offers great acoustics and is a favorite of the orchestra. A
brief reception provides an opportunity to mingle with some of the musicians.
The threefold mission of CityMusic is to eliminate the twin
barriers of high ticket prices and unfamiliar venues, work with neighborhood
leaders to enrich cultural offerings in the community, and to present quality
classical music performances.
CityMusic concerts are always free. The shows offer curious
music lovers the opportunity to experience an orchestral performance without
purchasing a pricey ticket or driving to an unfamiliar venue. CityMusic,
however, is not a community or student orchestra. All members are working,
With an annual budget of around $500,000, CityMusic relies
on corporate and business sponsorships and other contributions to cover
expenses. Each year the orchestra presents a fundraising concert and an
end-of-year donor drive. Donations are always welcome, whether online, by mail
or at shows. In addition, host communities contribute a small sum to the
orchestra and help promote concerts.
CityMusic relies on volunteers as well as donations.
Volunteers are needed for performances, promotion and a variety of other
Willoughby Hills is one of several host communities
throughout northeast Ohio. Strauss credits Councilmen David Reichelt and Kevin Malecek
with bringing CityMusic to Willoughby Hills and she praises Mayor Bob Weger for
his continuing commitment to the orchestra.
Strauss explains that host cities come to be viewed as "arts
destinations." The performances attract patrons from surrounding areas and visitors
often combine a concert with dining, shopping and other activities. In addition,
CityMusic uses its website to promote host communities with links like
"Discover Our Neighborhoods" and "Neighborhood Restaurants."
The orchestra's outreach efforts extend beyond performances
in area cities. CityMusic also offers an after-school musical education program
in Slavic Village and Elyria. Children from second to eighth grades receive
free musical instruction on instruments that are donated by the community.
CityMusic was established in 2006. Last year more than
19,000 music lovers attended CityMusic performances. The orchestra plans 21
concerts this season. In addition to the Willoughby Hills show, the orchestra has upcoming concerts Dec. 12 in Cleveland Heights, Dec. 13 in Cleveland,
Dec. 15 at Slavic Village and Dec. 16 in Elyria. Performances are available
online at the CityMusic website for those who want a preview of the orchestra.
For further information, contact CityMusic at 216-321-8273.