Music from The Western Reserve's upcoming season includes six concerts from September through April.
The concerts are presented in Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.
The season opens Sept. 15 with Caroline Oltmanns, International Steinway artist and Hudson resident. Oltmanns has performed extensively on three continents. In addition to a wide variety of piano solo and concerto repertoire, Oltmanns frequently performs and premieres works by contemporary composers. Oltmanns is a Fulbright Scholar and native of Germany where she earned her diploma at the Staatliche Musikhochschule, Freiburg and her master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California.
She is professor of piano at Youngstown State University.
Brian Thornton, cello, takes the stage Oct. 20. A member of The Cleveland Orchestra, Thornton has performed and conducted in hundreds of venues around the world, from the White House to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Thornton has taken part in premiering more than 100 new works of music as a soloist or in collaboration with chamber ensembles, and has performed as a soloist with more than 30 orchestras across the United States.
The 2013-14 season's "featured young artist," Yang Zeng, performs Nov. 3rd. A rising star and much sought after violinist, Zeng has been studying the violin since the age of 6. A student at Kent State University, Zeng studies with Cathy Meng Robinson and has participated in the Kent Blossom Music Festival residency program for three years.
Pianist, singer, songwriter, composer, arranger and bandleader, Mike Petrone returns to the series Feb. 23. A career that spans more than 25 years, Petrone's jazz piano trio has received acclaim throughout the world.
On March 16, Music from the Western Reserves presents Marimba Masters of Cleveland. Five accomplished percussionists including founder, Joseph Adato, retired Cleveland Orchestra percussionist, Donald Miller, percussionist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Bruce Golden, former percussionist with the Toledo Symphony, Andrew Pongracz, member of the Cleveland Pops and Matt Hunsaker, freelance percussionist.
The season closes April 27 with Michael Sachs, principal trumpet with The Cleveland Orchestra. A member of the orchestra since 1988, Sachs is recognized internationally as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, author and clinician.
Season tickets are $75; single tickets, $18 and students, free. Tickets can be purchased at www.MFTWR.org, the Learned Owl in Hudson or at the door concert night.
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