Enjoy an evening of captivating contemporary concert music from around the globe with Cleveland's avant-garde new music ensemble, No Exit. No Exit, now in its 14th season, was founded by composer Timothy Beyer to serve as an outlet for the commission and performance of contemporary avant-garde concert music. With over 300 commissions to date, No Exit strives to create exciting, meaningful, and thought-provoking programs, always with the philosophy of bringing the concert hall to the community and presenting programming that allows the audience to connect with the experience, free and open to the public in every sense.
French Flutist Louis Fleury (1878–1926) referred to music of the 19th century as “idle twittering.” What’s the antidote? A flock of flutes from Northeastern Ohio that not only twitters the Romantic, but chirps the Baroque, tweets the Modern and whistles some Jazz. It’s a tribute to flute music through the ages on flutes of all shapes and sizes, with George Pope, Jane Berkner, Kyra Kester, and Linda White.
Join us for works by Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, and William Grant Still, featuring the Athena String Quartet. The Athena String Quartet has been active in the Cleveland area since 1998. Athena members embrace many musical styles, having performed locally, regionally, and nationally with groups including the Sarasota Opera, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Rod Stewart, Roberta Flack, the Tanglewood Orchestra, Don Henley, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Josh Groban, Cleveland Opera and many others.
A powerhouse group founded by guitarist and composer Dan Bruce and including some of the Midwest’s finest jazz improvisers, :beta collective uses a wide range of orchestration and textures to create a cinematic soundscape set to distinctive and forceful grooves. “A better illustration of the marvelous balance Bruce and company strike between improvisation and compositional form would be hard to conceive”
-Ron Schepper, Textura
Alla Boara comes to Cain Park to promote their critically acclaimed debut album, "Le Tre Sorelle" and new compositions! Built around the incredibly dynamic voice of Amanda Powell (Apollo's Fire) and the eclectic arrangements of Italian folk music by drummer Anthony Taddeo, Alla Boara's sounds are "...Spirited, romantic, and ultimately refreshing."John Raymond, Trumpeter and Professor Indiana University. Alla Boara has recently been featured in Tri-C's Jazzfest, NPR, SWR2 in Germany, All About Jazz and Jazz Weekly.
Alla Boara seeks to bring recognition and new life to Italy's diverse history of regional folk music. Their modern arrangements of near-extinct folk songs are variously surprising, playful, mournful, tender, and bewitching. Alla Boara’s dynamic work aims to inspire audiences of all ethnic heritages to treasure their musical roots and consider historical songs’ contemporary cultural relevance. The vision of drummer and composer Anthony Taddeo, Alla Boara also features vocalist Amanda Powell (Apollo's Fire), guitarist Dan Bruce, trumpeter Tommy Lehman, bassist Ian Kinnaman, and accordionist and keyboardist Clay Colley. Currently touring their first record, Le Tre Sorelle, Alla Boara has received critical acclaim for its originality and accessibility and was recently featured in NPR’s “Shuffle”, SWR2 in Germany, All About Jazz, Jazz Weekly, and was predicted to have a bright future by Cleveland Magazine.
Join the Brad Wagner Quintet as they celebrate songs by musicians that would have turned 100 years old in 2023. Music by Dexter Gordon, Thad Jones, Erroll Garner, Sam Rivers, Fats Navarro, Wes Montgomery, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, and Tito Puente, and more! Featuring Brad Wagner on tenor saxophone, Garrett Folger on trumpet, Aidan Plank on bass, Steve Renko on drums, and special guest Jackie Warren on piano.