17th Concert Season: Caravana Muzica
Events from 2011 Season
Our 2011 concert season took inspiration from the influence of folk traditions on classical music. Icons such as Brahms and Bartok turned to the music of the fields and Gypsies when creating many of the beautiful compositions we’ve come to know and love.
April 29 & May 6, 3:00 pm
Tea & Trumpets with the Festival Brass
Guests were entertained by the lively Festival Brass Quintet while enjoying authentic English High Tea. Always popular, both shows sold out early.
Friday, April 29, 8:00 pm
Roberto Prosseda with Festival Orchestra
Roberto Prosseda’s concert with the Festival Orchestra spotlighted folk origins with the work of Brahms, not to mention the remarkable U.S. premiere of Mendelssohn’s recently discovered Concerto No. 3. Read more...
Saturday, April 30, 8:00 pm
Mark O’Connor String Quartet
The Grammy Award winning Mark O’Connor thrilled concertgoers with original fiddle music influenced by folk music from the hills of our own continent.
Sunday, May 1, 2:00 pm
Chris Botti returned for an outdoor performance including cool jazz, hot improvisation and the spectacular stylings of vocalist Linda Fischer.
Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 pm
Martina Filjak, 2009 Cleveland Piano Competition winner
Martina Filjak, Croatian pianist and Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, played a beautifully folk-influenced program, starting with Brahms and leaving fans amazed with this performer’s skill and sheer charisma.
Thursday, May 5, 7:30pm
Rising Stars: Valerie Kim, violinist and Sean Chen, pianist
Rising Stars featured pianist Sean Chen and Valerie Kim, a pianist accompanied by her equally gifted sister, Dominique Kim, on violin. The three Juilliard School musicians highlighted the quality of our young artists, and the evolving scope and popularity of this annual event. Read more...
Friday, May 6, 8:00 pm
Yeol Eum Son & “Ensemble Muzica”
“Ensemble Muzica” saw the return of our 2010 season solo pianist Yeol Eum Son performing with Nuvi Mehta (violin), Andrew Schulman (cello) and James Dunham (viola). This concert offered the rare experience of musicians brought together by our Artistic Director featuring a program of folk-inspired classical music.
Saturday, May 7, 8:00 pm
Roby Lakatos Ensemble
The 2011 season closed appropriately with an unforgettable performance by The Roby Lakatos Ensemble, a group of Hungarian musicians with an infectious and vibrant energy. A true “Gypsy Fiddler,” Lakatos and his band displayed jaw-dropping skill and virtuosity on their respective instruments, including the hauntingly beautiful “cimbalom.” The Gypsy troubadours demonstrated why folk music has played an integral part in the music we know and love.