A Composer’s Call for Environmental Change

15/11/2017

Margaret Brouwer: Angela Mitchell (soprano), Merav Eldan (mezzo-soprano), Brian Skoog (tenor), Bryant Bush (bass), Oberlin Musical Union (Gregory Ristow, director), Cleveland Institute of Music Children’s Choir (Jennifer Call, director), Blue Streak Ensemble / Domenico Boyagian (conductor). Breen Center for the Arts, Cleveland, Ohio, 12.11.2017. (MSJ)

Margaret Brouwer, composer of <i>Voice of the Lake</i> (c) Classical Music Communications

Margaret Brouwer, composer of Voice of the Lake
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‘50 Ways to Leave Your Lover’: Nicholas Phan’s Tale in Homage to Schubert

11/11/2017

Thomas Morley, William Lawes, Robert Johnson, John Blow, Nicholas Lanier, Henry Purcell, John Dowland, Alfonso Ferrabosco – A Painted Tale: Members of Apollo’s Fire: Johanna Novom and Evan Few (violins), René Schiffer and Ann Marie Morgan (violas da gamba, cello), William Simms and Charles Weaver (lutes) / Nicholas Phan (tenor and director). First United Methodist Church, Akron, Ohio, 9.11.2017. (MSJ)

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Nicholas Phan (c) Balance Photography

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Ashkenazy Makes Elgar Easy As ‘Pi’

07/11/2017

Elgar, Beethoven: Emmanuel Ax (piano), Cleveland Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor), Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, 3.11.2017. (MSJ)

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Emmanuel Ax (c) Maurice Jerry Beznos

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NEW! A Composer Speaks Up for the Environment: An Interview with Margaret Brouwer

01/11/2017

Mark Sebastian Jordan Encounters Margaret Brouwer

American composer Margaret Brouwer will be premiering an oratorio, Voice of the Lake, on November 12 in Cleveland. Though she grew up in Michigan, the composer now lives near Lake Erie in Ohio, where she served as head of the composition department of the Cleveland Institute of Music until 2008. By her own reckoning, she has a special relationship with nature in general, and water in particular, which is reflected in many of her pieces.

 Margaret Brouwer, composer of 'Voice of the Lake' (Photo: Christian Steiner)

Margaret Brouwer, composer of Voice of the Lake
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A Master Storyteller Adapts an Undervalued Handel Oratorio

20/10/2017

Handel, Israel in Egypt: Erica Schuller, Molly Netter (sopranos), Daniel Moody (countertenor), Ross Hauck (tenor), Jeffrey Strauss (baritone), Apollo’s Singers (choir), Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell (conductor), Avon Lake United Church of Christ, Avon Lake, OH. 15.10.2017. (MSJ) Read more

Franz Welser-Möst Finds the Beast in Mahler’s Sixth

11/10/2017

Mahler: Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor), Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio. 5.10.2017. (MSJ)

The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor PROGRAM MAHLER - Symphony No. 6 ("Tragic") Photo by Roger Mastroianni

The Cleveland Orchestra & Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) (c) Roger Mastroianni

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Apollo’s Fire in a Glimpse of the Ancient Middle East

03/10/2017

Israel & Egypt: A Multicultural Celebration: Amanda Powell (soprano), Members of Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell (conductor). Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio, 1.10.2017. (MSJ)

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Front row, from left: Jeanette Sorrell, Allison Monroe, Jeffrey Strauss, Amanda Powell
Back row, from left, Luke Conklin, Dylan Moffitt (c) Apollo’s Fire

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Animation and Live Action Combine in a Cunning Little Vixen Revival

02/10/2017

Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen: Soloists, Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Chorus/Lisa Wong (acting director), Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus/Ann Usher (director), Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor), Severance Hall, Cleveland, 26.9.2017. (MSJ)

The Cleveland Orchestra revival of 'The Cunning Little Vixen' (Photo courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra, copyright Roger Mastroianni)

The Cleveland Orchestra revival of The Cunning Little Vixen (c) Roger Mastroianni

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