Tuesday Musical Association recently announced its 2013-14 concert season, which will include musical acts such as Cantus, The Cleveland Orchestra and Susan Graham.
All concerts are presented at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, beginning at 7:30 pm. Most have a 30-minute pre-concert talk beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Cantus, Sept. 24
Nine-member male a cappella vocal ensemble
Cantus, www.cantussings.org opens Tuesday Musical's 126th season. This ensemble acknowledged around the world for its programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic personality. Cantus' performances feature a wide range of music, including classical music, orchestral-vocal repertoire, folk music, art song, popular songs, spirituals, and newly commissioned works.
The ensemble's regular work with students nationwide was recognized in 2011 when it received the prestigious Chorus America's Education Outreach Award in 2011.
The Cleveland Orchestra, Oct. 18
Jackub Hrusa, guest conductor
Bill Pruecil, soloist
The Cleveland Orchestra (www.clevelandorchestra.com) performs on a Friday evening this season. Guest conductor Jackub Hrusa will be at the podium when the orchestra makes its annual visit to Akron and the Tuesday Musical concert stage.
Born in the Czech Republic in 1981 and named by Gramophone magazine in 2011 as one of ten young conductors "on the verge of greatness", Hrusa is Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia; Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour; and Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Bill Preucil, the orchestra's concert master, will take center stage for Dvorak's magnificent Violin Concerto.
Béla Fleck & Brooklyn Rider, Nov. 12
Banjo & String Quartet
Members of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider will be joined by 14-time Grammy Award Winner Béla Fleck, http://www.belafleck.com.
Fleck has been pushing the boundaries of the banjo for more than 30 years. He performs his new quintet for banjo and string quartet with Brooklyn Rider, a group at home in both clubs and concert halls with appearances in venues as varied as Joe's Pub, the Library of Congress, the SXSW Festival, and UMS's Chamber Arts Series. The members of Brooklyn Rider are part of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.
Jeremy Denk, piano, Feb. 4
Margaret Baxtresser Annual Piano Concert Artist
Clara I. Knight Young Artist
American pianist Jeremy Denk returns to the Tuesday Musical concert stage; he was last here in 2010 with Joshua Bell. Denk's reputation as an unusual and compelling artist, with a broad and thought-provoking repertoire, continues to grow with each season. He has appeared as soloist with the world's leading orchestras, and he regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and around the United States. This season he makes solo appearances in venues including Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium and London's Wigmore Hall, and plays concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, and Ravel.
A Far Cry, March 11
Chamber orchestra with Matt Haimovitz, cello
A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. The group was founded in 2007 by a tightly-knit collective of 17 young professional musicians who have been dedicated to developing an innovative structure of rotating leadership both on stage and behind the scenes. By expanding the boundaries of orchestral repertoire and experimenting with the ways music is prepared, performed, and experienced, A Far Cry has been embraced throughout the world. They have released five albums and have a powerful presence on the internet. All call Boston 'home,' and they were appointed Chamber Orchestra in Residence at Boston's beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Matt Haimovitz is a renowned musical pioneer, and has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses. He brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music and initiates groundbreaking collaborations. Through his visionary approach, Haimovitz is redefining what it means to be an artist for the 21st century.
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano, April 10
With Bradley Moore, piano
Susan Graham, one of the world's foremost stars of opera and recital, makes her Akron recital debut. Dubbed "America's favorite mezzo" by Gramophone magazine, Graham consistently captivates audiences with her expressive voice, tall and graceful stature, and engaging acting ability in both comedy and tragedy. She is a celebrated expert in French music; a leading lady in opera roles around the world; and can be heard on numerous recordings that highlight her extensive vocal repertoire.
Season subscriptions are on sale. New subscribers can purchase a season subscription at 50 percent off regular subscription prices. Subscriptions can be purchased on line at www.tuesdaymusical.org or by calling the office at 330-761-3460.
Single tickets range from $25 to $55. All single tickets can be purchased through EJ Thomas Hall Ticket Office at 330-972-7570 or Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000.
Students can attend any Tuesday Musical concert at no cost; they need a ticket voucher that is redeemed for a concert ticket the night of the concert. Parents/adults who accompany their children may purchase companion seats for a reduced price. Transportation costs are covered for groups of 20 or more. For details, call 330-761-3460.