CityMusic Cleveland season opener celebrates life and work of music director’s mentor (preview)

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer   CLEVELAND, Ohio – To Avner Dorman, CityMusic Cleveland’s season opener next week is more than just another series of concerts. It’s a chance to reconnect, in arguably the deepest possible way, with an old and dear friend, to honor a mentor he said shaped his artistic identity and set […]


CityMusic Cleveland shines through acoustic barrier on lively season opener (review)

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer   BEACHWOOD, Ohio – A diamond in the rough. That’s the image that best describes CityMusic Cleveland’s first performance of the 2016-17 season. No complaints, in fact only praise, for the actual performances, led by music director Avner Dorman Wednesday evening. About the venue, however, the auditorium at Fairmount Temple, a few […]


CityMusic Cleveland ends season with fine performances of three masterworks (review)

By MARK SATOLA   SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — The last concerts of CityMusic Cleveland’s current season found the orchestra in exceptionally fine form in full-blooded music by Mendelssohn and Dvorak, under the leadership of music director Avner Dorman. For this series of concerts, Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides” Overture and “Scottish” Symphony No. 3 flanked a strong performance […]


CityMusic Cleveland delivers brilliant Brahms on auspicious season opener (review)

By MARK SATOLA   UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — A late afternoon of solid repertoire was an auspicious beginning to CityMusic Cleveland’s 2015-16 season, with Schumann’s “Spring” symphony and the Violin Concerto in D major by Brahms. Avner Dorman, CityMusic’s music director, was on the podium for a series of concerts whose venues ranged from Dublin, […]


What’s the best way to turn Chinary Ung’s ‘living notation’ into cello sounds? I called him to find out.

By James Jaffe, interim principal cello: William & Joan Houghton Chair How much should we as musicians know about a composer in order to bring his or her music off the page? This past summer, I met a composer who told me something unexpected: he doesn’t think his own perspective on his works should influence how […]

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CityMusic: all-Beethoven with violinist Tessa Lark (May 20)

June 18, 2018

Download article as PDF by Daniel Hathaway   Surely it was just a coincidence that CityMusic Cleveland’s final series of concerts mostly duplicated works The Cleveland Orchestra had played the week before in the third concert of its all-Beethoven Prometheus Project at Severance Hall. The unique piece on CityMusic’s program was the Violin Concerto, which received […]

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