CoolCleveland.com: December 6, 2006

Note to all new parents (and anyone else for that matter). You no longer have to feel that you’ve lost your ‘cool’ status just because you have a new baby or two, and find it difficult—if not downright impossible—to get out and about experiencing Cleveland’s Cool multi-faceted arts scene.

CityMusic Cleveland has some answers for you. This is an exciting young orchestra with a dynamic young (he’s just 26, for goodness’ sake!) Music Director, James Gaffigan. They perform around the area, mostly in churches, most of which have formal child care facilities at no charge to the folks who attend the concerts, which are also free. Now how you can beat that? All you have to do is get yourselves to the right venue on the right night and you’re set! Or, as an alternative to child-care, some churches have sound-proof listening rooms for parents who prefer to stay with their restless children.

Tonight, for instance, (Wednesday, December 6) they’re at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. Friday (December 8) they’ll be at St. Noel Church in Willoughby Hills, and Sunday (December 10) at Rocky River Presbyterian Church. These venues all offer child care, but you do need to call the church to let them know you’ll be in attendance and wanting to take advantage of their kindness. For the other two programs, Thursday (December 7) they’ll be at St. Mary Church in Elyria and Saturday at Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus in Slavic Village; however, these two facilities do not have specific child care spaces, but are considered to be child-friendly, all the same. Remember it’s important to let the church know you’ll be attending.

The program, titled “Summer Nights in Winter” features mezzo-soprano Jamie Van Eyck, violinist Liana Gourdjia, and bassoonist George Sakakeeny in a concerto written just for him. Dance music by Ravel, Faure, Sibelius, and Bartók mingle with the romantically inclined Berlioz and Delius. Full information (exact locations, concert times [which differ] and phone number for child care reservations) is available at their website: http://www.citymusiccleveland.org.

During intermission, you can enjoy refreshments while you chat with the musicians, all the while enjoying the paintings of award-winning Cleveland artist Bonnie Dolin. Although the original inspiration came from Jeannette Sorrell of Apollo’s Fire who ‘wanted children to have access to, and be inspired by, the very best music,’ making it all happen is due in large part to the loyal volunteers who stuff programs, set up easels, create gorgeous graphics, balance the books and do a lot of driving around. Of course, the performers, the conductor and even Mozart et all, all play their not-inconsiderable parts as well! Now, all they need is you!

Sounds like a plan to me!

From Cool Cleveland contributor Kelly Ferjutz artswriter@adelphia.net

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