Monday, April 12, 2010

CityMusic Cleveland April Concerts (Preview)

"Art isn’t easy. / Every word, every line, / Every glance, every movement / You improve and refine, / Then refine each improvement. . .

The art of making art / Is putting it together. . ." -- Putting it Together From Steven Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George

Having been involved with the production of a handful of musicals through high school and college, I know the refinement that happens during the rehearsal process. On the other hand, being a relative newcomer to classical music I've often wondered about the process and evolution that comes before the conductor takes the podium and the orchestra takes the stage. (And to a lesser extent the great mystery of if orchestral musicians sound as good in jeans and a T-shirt as they do in concert dress--that answer would be "most certainly")

I had the privilege of attending this evening's rehearsal for the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber orchestra program, see the performance schedule below, and I was quite impressed.

Not only did the rehearsal sound excellent musically, but the collaborative relationship between musicians within each section and the relationship between musicians and conductor -- as passages were worked, reworked, and something that sounded good at first sounded great. As questions were were asked in both directions -- "Do you want us to..?" "Could you try...?" the pieces took shape and were played with a beautiful clarity.

When I first arrived, slightly after the rehearsal had begun, there was only one person listening and it was almost overwhelming as the notes resonated throughout the hall, firmly striking my chest. It truly is a beautiful feeling that accompanied great music.

The concerts are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Based on what I heard this evening it will be a concert well worth attending.


Siebelius: Rakastava, Op. 14
Mozart: Flute Concerto in G
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
April 14th at 7:30pm - Cleveland Heights: Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard
April 15th at 7:30pm - Willoughby Hills: St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Road
April 16th at 7:30pm - Cleveland: Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, 3649 E. 65th Street
April 17th at 8:00pm - Cleveland: St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 10205 Lorain Avenue
April 18th at 2:00pm - Elyria: St. Mart Church, 320 Middle Avenue

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