Thank you to all of you who supported us and sustained us through your attendance of our virtual 2020-2021 Season. We are grateful to you, and include our concert archive on our YouTube Channel
. Now we proudly announce our 2021-2022 Season, which will be in-person concerts! All our concerts are Sundays at 5pm at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson, Ohio, and the price of your ticket includes a pre-concert chat with the artist and a post-concert reception.
Season Opener: September 26, 2021, at 5pm
The Cavani String Quartet: "BEYOND BEETHOVEN"
"This kind of intimacy is what real chamber music is all about" -Musical America
Join us for this incredible season opener with the celebrated Cavani String Quartet!
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 (1798-1800)
GABRIELA LENA FRANK Leyendas: An American Walkabout (2001) (b. 1972)
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (1808)
October 31, 2021, at 5pm
Jazz Concert: Gabriel Piqué, saxophone, and Casey Dierlam Tse, piano
Gabriel Piqué is an assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies at BW's Conservatory of Music. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Illinois, where he was previously a graduate college fellow. As a soloist and active performer, Piqué has presented concerts all over the world, including: Las Vegas, Croatia, Moscow, Strasbourg, Beijing, Shanghai and Thailand. In 2020, he was named first prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition in 2016. He is the baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Fuego Quartet, which was the gold medal winner of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Piqué also plays alto in the critically acclaimed touring saxophone sextet, The Moanin' Frogs.
November 14, 2021, at 5pm (note the new date of the 14th, moved from the 21st)
Duo Piano Recital: Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Emanuela Friscioni
Friscioni and Pompa-Baldi began playing together when they first met in 1996 in the Northern Italian town of Mezzago during a workshop conducted by the great pianist Aldo Ciccolini. Since then, their musical partnership has steadily grown as an integral part of their relationship. Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Pompa-Baldi first came to the United States in 1999 to participate in the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He won first prize and, while fulfilling the engagements that came with it, he and Friscioni made Cleveland their home. Friscioni was born in Cantù, Italy. Since her debut at age 9, Friscioni has played solo recitals as well as concertos throughout Europe and the United States.
April 10, 2022, at 5pm
Kent State University Musical Theater Showcase
This lively program features the full 25 students in the Musical Theater program at KSU. For those aspiring to a career in Musical Theatre, Kent State offers a program designed to train talented young people in an intensive interdisciplinary study of music, theatre, and dance. Kent State's Musical Theatre program trains performers to feel comfortable with today's diverse musical forms and demands.
March 27, 2022, at 5pm
Featured Young Artist: Jiarui Cheng, piano
Our Featured Young Artist, JIARUI CHENG, was born in Nanjing, China and is currently studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Professor Kathryn Brown. Previously, he studied at the Middle School affiliated with Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Professor Jin Tang. Jiarui was featured as a soloist with Shanghai Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra for the 70th Anniversary Celebration Concert of Music and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at Shanghai Symphony Hall in 2015, a piece he also performed with the Grossetto Symphony Orchestra in Italy. He has been awarded prizes at various competitions. Most recently, he was a winner of the Fall 2019 CIM Concerto Competition, won Second Prize in the 2017 International Piano Competition “A. Scriabin”, and First Prize in the 2015 National Piano Competition of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Middle School.
May 8, 2022, at 5pm
The Lola Rothmann Concert
The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Evangelist
Sponsored by her daughters Beth, Pamela, and Susan, in memory of their mother Lola Rothmann, this remarkable season closer features the full award-winning Choir of The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist from downtown Cleveland, with music director Gregory Heislman, director, celebrating his 40th anniversary in his role and remarkable achievement. The Cathedral Choir was winner multiple times in WCLV's "Jubilation!" Choral Competition and is known for its traversals of Renaissance and motet repertoire to spirituals and traditional music to delight audiences of all tastes.
Stay tuned for the new date of the Featured Young Artist from last season, re-scheduled
Michael Ferri, violin and Zsolt Bognár, piano