Cleveland Orchestra’s bar shows

Posted on: October 12, 2010

In Monday’s (10/11) Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Zachary Lewis writes, “No disrespect to Severance Hall or anything, but the hottest place to catch the Cleveland Orchestra these days is a bar in the Gordon Square Arts District. … The idea of first-rate classical music in an informal, neighborhood setting has both the performers and the public buzzing con brio. … ‘I was excited about the first show, and I’m even more excited about this one,’ said Cleveland Orchestra violist Joanna Patterson, one of six musicians involved in Wednesday’s ‘Orchestral Manouvres at the Dog: The Second Movement.’ Joining Patterson on the Dog’s small stage will be principal flutist Joshua Smith, assistant principal cellist Charles Bernard, principal oboist Frank Rosenwein, associate concertmaster Jung-Min Amy Lee, and Christina Dahl, associate professor of piano at Stony Brook University in upstate New York. … By performing for free, at eye level, in a place where eating, drinking and chatting during the show are encouraged, the artists are voiding three of the most commonly cited objections to traditional classical concerts. ‘We want people to feel comfortable,’ said Bernard, pointing out that he himself kept a beer handy during the June show. ‘That’s the whole point.’ ”

Posted October 12, 2010