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CityMusic brings Intergenerational Concert Series to Willoughby Hills
Chris M. Worrell,, April 11, 2013

Cleveland offers its last performance of the season in Willoughby Hills Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. The free classical music concert takes place at St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Road. The show is part of the orchestra's Intergenerational Concert Series, which runs April 16-20. The event is open to the public and no advance registration is required.

Although all CityMusic performances are family-oriented, the upcoming series offers music that appeals to both parents and children. The Willoughby Hills concert features "The Thieving Magpie" by Rossini and Schumann's Symphony No. 4.

Rossini's mischievous overture employs snare drum and other percussive elements to heighten the playful mood. The work was reportedly finished by Rossini the day prior to the inaugural performance. Schumann's Symphony No. 4 "is now widely regarded as one of his most original and inventive works," notes a CityMusic media release.

The mission of CityMusic is to eliminate the twin barriers of high ticket prices and unfamiliar venues, to work with neighborhood leaders to enrich cultural offerings in the community and to present quality classical music to diverse audiences. CityMusic concerts are always free. Nevertheless, all CityMusic members are working, professional musicians. Established in 2006, the orchestra draws around 20,000 listeners each season.

As part of its mission, CityMusic performs at the Cuyahoga Juvenile Detention Center, 9300 Quincy Ave., Tuesday, April 16 at 10 a.m. Seating for the event is filled.

The performance at the detention center features "Uzu and Muzu," an Avner Dorman composition based on an Israeli children's book. The work focuses on family and community misunderstandings while addressing themes of war and prejudice.