The Plain Dealer: August 25, 2007

CityMusic Cleveland, the professional chamber orchestra that gives free concerts throughout the area, will add a location and present four programs during its 2007-08 season.

The orchestra will alternate performances among eight venues.

Music director James Gaffigan, associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, will lead three of the programs, one of which will include a performance of Gyorgi Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with Jennifer Koh as soloist.

Guest conductor for the fourth program will be Canadian-born Julian Kuerti, assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony, who comes from a distinguished musical family. He is the son of eminent pianist Anton Kuerti, a former Clevelander, and cellist Kristine Bogyo, founder and director of Toronto’s Mooredale Concerts.

CityMusic’s newest location is St. Vitus Church, the first American Slovenian Roman Catholic Church in Ohio. St. Vitus established itself in the diocese in 1893. The church will present refreshments after concerts. As at all CityCleveland programs, goodwill offerings will be welcomed.

The ensemble’s first program Wednesday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 14, will feature Gaffigan conducting Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” overture, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” and Ravel’s “Mother Goose” Suite. Soloists will be violinist Jinjoo Cho and soprano Angela Mortellaro.

Kuerti will lead the programs Tuesday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 16, dubbed “Fire & Ice:” Mozart’s “Sleighride” (from German Dances), Suk’s Meditation on the Old Czech “St. Wenceslas” Chorale, Haydn’s Symphony No. 59 (“Fire”), Beethoven’s “The Creatures of Prometheus” overture, Debussy’s “Danses sacrée et profane,” Dvorak’s “Legends” and Tchaikovsky’s Prayer from “Mozartiana.”

Gaffigan will return for concerts Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 24, a program called “Strings Attached” featuring the orchestra’s string sections in Grieg’s “Erotik,” Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht,” Schreker’s Intermezzo and Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.”

The season’s final concerts Tuesday, May 6, through Sunday, May 11, under Gaffigan has the theme “Revolutionary Music.” The programs will include Ligeti’s Violin Concerto (with Koh), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Ives’ “The Unanswered Question” and Vivaldi’s Sinfonia in B minor (“Al santo sepulcro”).

Schedule: For dates of specific concerts, call the venue or go to www.CityMusicCleveland.org.

Locations: St. Vitus Church, 6019 Lausche Ave., Cleveland, 216-361-1444.
Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5800.
St. Mary Church, 320 Middle Ave., Elyria, 440-323-5539.
Elyria First United Methodist Church, 312 Third St., Elyria, 440-322-6622.
St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills, 440-946-0887.
St. Stanislaus Church, 3649 East 65th St., Cleveland, 216-341-9091.
Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Road, 440-333-4888.
Westlake Schools Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd., 440-250-1050.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: drosenberg@plaind.com, 216-999-4269.

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