The Cleveland Orchestra at home in Gordon Square

The Cleveland Orchestra presents its first annual residency in a Northeast Ohio neighborhood – The Cleveland Orchestra at home in Gordon Square

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The Gordon Square Arts District community partners with The Cleveland Orchestra for a week of free concerts, programs in schools, and chamber ensemble performances in unexpected locations

Cleveland Orchestra at home in Gordon SquareThe Cleveland Orchestra will perform a free community concert on the west side of Cleveland for the first time in 30 years

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra presents its inaugural neighborhood residency in Northeast Ohio from May 11 through 17, 2013, in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District.  During this first residency, the Orchestra will offer more than 15 events for the community throughout the week, including performances by Cleveland Orchestra musicians, ensembles from the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Children’s Chorus, a Cleveland Orchestra concert preview, and educational programs for local students.  All of the events will be free and open to the public.  Leaders and representatives from Gordon Square businesses and associations have partnered with the Orchestra to plan and host the week’s activities.  Additional events include the presentation of a video of a Cleveland Orchestra performance in Austria followed by a question-and-answer session with musicians, a City Club of Cleveland panel discussion on the impact of arts and culture on neighborhood development to be broadcast on 90.3 WCPN/ideastream®, and a soccer game pairing a local youth team with Cleveland Orchestra musicians and staff.  Orchestra musicians will also visit local schools to speak to students about their careers.

“As we diversify our activities beyond Severance Hall and Blossom, we feel at home in Gordon Square because of the wonderful partners who have helped us to plan the Orchestra’s inaugural neighborhood residency,” said Gary Hanson, Cleveland Orchestra executive director.  “And while the Orchestra is famous for residencies in Vienna, Miami, and New York, we want to emphasize that we are truly at home when we are here.  We look forward to making this an annual event and being ‘at home’ in many more Northeast Ohio neighborhoods.”

Judi Feniger, president of the Gordon Square Arts District, said, “Gordon Square and Detroit Shoreway residents are thrilled to have been selected to host the Cleveland Orchestra’s first annual community residency.  It’s a great opportunity to display our local arts, culture, and restaurants.  Our neighborhood will be filled with the gift of music.”

Cleveland Orchestra at home in Gordon Square begins with performances by Cleveland Orchestra musicians CLO042612_238on Saturday, May 11 at Gypsy Beans & Baking Co. at 10:30 a.m. and at Stockyard Meats grocery store at noon.  A 30-minute narrated and interactive performance for children ages 3-6 will be presented the same day at La Sagrada Familia at 11 a.m.  Actors from Cleveland Public Theatre and musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra will perform works influenced by William Blake at 6 p.m. that evening, prior to a CPT performance of There is a Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher, a play that uses Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience integrally in the script.

A Cleveland Orchestra chamber ensemble will perform at Battery Park Wine Bar on Sunday, May 12, at 6 p.m.

Photo by Roger MastroianniThe Capitol Theatre hosts a screening of a portion of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Bruckner Symphony No. 4 performance filmed at the beautiful baroque Abbey of St. Florian, near Linz, Austria, on Monday, May 13, at 9 a.m.  Prior to the screening of the Orchestra’s performance, Gordon Square residents and artists will be seen on-screen in a brief neighborhood residency preview produced by Ohio City’s Northwater Partners.  The screenings will be followed by a question-and-answer session with musicians about performing on tour.  Free coffee and pastries will be provided.  At 5 p.m. that day, Orchestra musicians and staff will join young people from the neighborhood in a soccer game at the Michael J. Zone Recreation Center.

A special City Club of Cleveland live radio broadcast on 90.3 WCPN/ideastream’s program Around Noon, hosted by Dee Perry, will address the impact of arts and culture on neighborhood development on Tuesday, May 14, at noon.  Later that day, at 6:15 p.m., the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus Children’s chamber ensemble will perform at Sweet Moses soda fountain and treat shop.  At 7 p.m., a Cleveland Orchestra musician will preview the Gordon Square Cleveland Orchestra concert at the Happy Dog.

On Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m., members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra will perform at St. Augustine Health Campus.  A Cleveland Orchestra chamber ensemble performs at Spice Kitchen + Bar at 7 p.m.  The Happy Dog presents Classical Revolution and the Ensemble HD Live at the Happy Dog Record Release Party at 8 p.m.

Cleveland Orchestra at Severance HallThe Cleveland Orchestra performs a free concert at St. Colman Catholic Church on Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m.  The performance marks the first time the Orchestra has performed on the west side of Cleveland since 1980.  Assistant Conductor James Feddeck leads the program, which includes Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Chaminade’s Concerto in D major for Flute and Orchestra with principal flute Joshua Smith, Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol.  St. Colman Catholic Church will host a post-concert reception for the Orchestra and audience members.  General admission tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis at Battery Park Wine Bar, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Gypsy Beans & Baking Co., Happy Dog, Michael J. Zone Recreation Center, St. Colman Catholic Church, Spice Kitchen + Bar, Stockyard Meats, and Sweet Moses in Gordon Square/Detroit Shoreway beginning on Saturday, April 27 during regular business hours.

The Orchestra will perform an Education Concert at St. Colman Catholic Church on Friday, May 17, at 11 a.m., conducted by James Feddeck.  The program includes Chaminade’s Concerto in D major for Flute and Orchestra, with principal flute Joshua Smith, and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, narrated by Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone.  Students from local schools will attend.  At 6 p.m. that evening, Cleveland Orchestra chamber ensembles will perform at 78th Street Studios, and at 9 p.m. in Survival Kit Gallery.

20130316_bkp504Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests first performed at the Happy Dog in Gordon Square in June 2010.  Following a sold-out concert, they began appearing regularly as Ensemble HD.  The Cleveland Orchestra began a partnership with the Happy Dog to bring patrons from the neighborhood (Gordon Square Goes to the Orchestra) beginning in the fall of 2010, and continue to do so twice each season.  On Friday, May 24, 2013, at KeyBank Fridays@7 at Severance Hall, Gordon Square Goes to the Orchestra returns, and the Happy Dog will provide their signature hot dogs for purchase in Smith Lobby at Severance Hall.

The Cleveland Orchestra thanks the following partners who are helping to make The Cleveland Orchestra at home in Gordon Square possible:
Battery Park Wine Bar
Capitol Theatre
Cleveland Public Theatre
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
Gordon Square Arts District
Gypsy Beans & Baking Co.
Happy Dog
St. Augustine Health Ministries
St. Colman Catholic Church
La Sagrada Familia
78th Street Studios
Spice Kitchen + Bar
Stockyard Meat Company
Survival Kit (78th Street Studios)
Sweet Moses
Tailspinner Children’s Theatre (Reinberger Auditorium)
WCPN/90.3 ideastream®
Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone
Michael J. Zone Recreation Center

The Cleveland Orchestra at home in Gordon Square
All events are free and open to the public.  General admission tickets for the Cleveland Orchestra concert at St. Colman Catholic Church on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis at Battery Park Wine Bar, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Gypsy Beans & Baking Co., Happy Dog, Michael J. Zone Recreation Center, St. Colman Catholic Church, Spice Kitchen + Bar, Stockyard Meats, and Sweet Moses beginning on Saturday, April 27 during regular business hours.  Tickets are limited to 4 per person.  For more information, please visit clevelandorchestra.com

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