Cleveland Orchestra musicians receive warm welcome at area high school

Posted on: October 19, 2012

At the Cleveland.com website on Thursday (10/18), Brian Byrne writes, “The Cleveland Orchestra wowed the Shaker Heights High School student body with an in-school performance Oct. 11, but it was a more intimate session beforehand that created lifelong memories for some promising Raider musicians. Prior to a well-received presentation of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Petrouchka’ in the SHHS auditorium, seven members of the Cleveland Orchestra’s string section sat in on a SHHS Chamber Orchestra rehearsal, offering advice to the select group of student musicians as they prepared for their upcoming fall concert.… Freshman Cameron Hawkins, who has been playing the bass since fifth grade, was beaming after performing alongside the Cleveland Orchestra’s Scott Dixon. ‘It was exhilarating. To have such a talented musician playing next to me was amazing; it almost brought me to tears,’ Hawkins said.… The Cleveland Orchestra’s SHHS visit is the first to be supported by the Alfred Lerner In-School Performance Fund, the beneficiary of a $1 million gift from Cleveland Orchestra Board of Trustees honorary chair Norma Lerner and the Lerner Foundation. Prior to 2009 performances at Cleveland’s John Hay and James Rhodes high schools, it had been 30 years since the Cleveland Orchestra ventured into schools to play for students.”

Posted October 19, 2012