Music from The Western Reserve's distinguished music series continues its 31st season April 27 with Michael Sachs, trumpet. Sachs joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal trumpet 1988. Praised by critics for his "spectacular chops," and "radiant tone," he is recognized internationally as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, author, and clinician. Sachs was recently appointed as Musical Director of the Steamboat, Colorado Music Festival.
Sachs grew up with a passion for music. He played in the jazz band, marching band, chamber groups and even rock bands during his younger years. But it wasn't until after he graduated from UCLA with a history degree that he delved fully into what would be a very successful career in the arts.
His vast repertoire spans from traditional chamber music to collaborations with great innovators like Arturo Sandoval. Career highlights include the 1996 world premiere of John Williams' Concerto for Trumpet, commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra for Sachs with Music Director Christoph von Dohnanyi conducting. He also has appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras and chamber groups, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Along with his active performance schedule, Sachs serves as Chairman of the Brass division and Head of the Trumpet Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has served on the faculty of several summer festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Grand Tetons Music Festival, National Brass Symposium, National Orchestral Institute, Summit Brass and the Solti Orchestral Project and Carnegie Hall.
The performance venue is Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora St., Hudson. Tickets at the door are: adult tickets, $18 and students, free. The concert is sponsored by The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, and Christopher and Alison Clegg. A post concert meet-the-artist reception is immediately after the concert. For more information: www.mftwr.org or 330-840-8429.