The Cleveland Cello Society - 2017-18 Season

October 14, Saturday, 8 pm: David Geringas, internationally-acclaimed Lithuanian cellist, in Recital

Assisted by the Callisto Quartet

Lithuanian cellist David Geringas is one of the pre-eminent musicians of our time.  His playing’s intellectual rigor, stylistic versatility, flowing lyricism, and broad tonal palette have brought him praise the world over.  A pupil of Rostropovich in the ‘60s, Geringas won the Gold Medal at the 1970 Tchaikovsky Competition, which launched a stellar career that has included performances with most of the globe’s leading orchestras.   He has recorded some 100 albums, which have won numerous prizes, from the Grand Prix du Disque and the Diapason d’Or d’Année (both from France) and – twice – the ECHO Award (from Germany).  Leading composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Ned Rorem, Peteris Vasks, and more, have dedicated concertos to him.  He has premiered many modern Russian and Lithuanian works, and has won acclaim from his homeland for his championing of Lithuanian music and composers.

Tickets: $25, general admission. For sale online, via phone at 216-921-3480, or at the door. Arrive early for best seats. $10 student tickets will be sold online or at the door. Please have a valid student ID with you the day of the recital.

Venue: 
Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University - 2001 Euclid Avenue

November 12, Sunday, Mike Block, CCS Collegiate Division Winner 2003, Workshop and Recital

MIKE BLOCK is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century", and acclaimed by the NY Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing". While still studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, with which he has toured extensively throughout the world, and won a 2017 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. Mike is also an active recording artist of original material, folk music, cross-cultural collaborations, and he has an ongoing project to record all of the Bach cello suites in acoustically glorious bathrooms of famous concert halls, via BachInTheBathroom.com.

From 5-7 PM, Mike will give an all ages workshop for area cello students, intermediate level and above.

Tickets: $15, general admission. For sale online, via phone at 216-921-3480, or at the door. Arrive early for best seats.

Venue: 
Bop Stop - 22920 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

January 21, Sunday 2 pm: Scholarship Winners’ Recital

Guaranteed, as always, to be an inspiring afternoon: come hear some of Ohio’s best young cellists, featuring the winners of the 2017 CCS competition!

Tickets: free to CCS members, $5 for non-members, sold at the door only.

Venue: 
The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle

February 23, Friday, 7 pm: Madeleine Kabat, CCS Collegiate Division Winner 2010, in Recital

Madeleine Kabat was just named Assistant Principal Cello of the Milwaukee Symphony.  She recently made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has twice “saved the day” for orchestras, stepping in on short notice to play Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto with the Madison(WI) Symphony when their soloist was delayed and the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Springfield (MO) Symphony at the last minute when their cellist was injured.  Ms. Kabat has won top prizes in competitions including the Klein International and Fischoff, and holds diplomas from the Juilliard School, Rice University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Oberlin College, where she was a teaching assistant for Darrett Adkins.
Peter Thomas, cellist in the Milwaukee Symphony and Madeleine’s husband will be her collaborative partner on the evening’s program.

Tickets: $15, general admission.  For sale online, via phone at 216-921-3480, or at the door. Arrive early for best seats.

Venue: 
The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle

March 16, Friday, 8 pm: i Cellisti!, Alisa Weilerstein, guest artist

Please join us for our hugely-popular fundraiser. The stars aligned, as it were.   It turns out Alisa Weilerstein will be in town performing the Barber Concerto with The Cleveland Orchestra (TCO) and has most generously offered on her "free" Friday evening to perform on our program Suite for Two Cellos and Piano by Gian Carlo Menotti  with her former teacher, Richard Weiss, CCS President and Assistant Principal Cello of TCO! Thus was born the theme for this year’s concert—“Teacher and Student”. Numerous cello teachers and their students from colleges and conservatories of Greater Cleveland will round out the program which will culminate in a grand finale featuring a massed ensemble of all the evening’s participating cellists.

Tickets: $25, general admission, $100, supporting patron. For sale online, via phone at 216-921-3480, or at the door. Arrive early for best seats.

Venue: 
Harkness Chapel - 11200 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

April 13, Friday, 7:30 pm: Dane Johansen, CCS Collegiate Division winner 2002, in Recital

Dane Johansen joined The Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of March 2016.  He was cellist with the Escher String Quartet for five years, during which he and his colleagues were BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, and also recipients of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Martin Segal Award from Lincoln Center.  For many years, Dane Johansen has dedicated time and energy exploring Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello.  He performed them at New York’s Alice Tully Hall in 2010 and also throughout his 580-mile pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain in 2014; the story of his adventure on the Camino with Bach was made into a documentary film called Strangers on the Earth.  A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Dane Johansen studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and at the Juilliard School, where he earned his artist diploma.  He also studied privately with Bernard Greenhouse.

The evening’s program will offer works for solo cello and duos in collaboration with colleagues from The Cleveland Orchestra.

Tickets: $15, general admission.  For sale online, via phone at 216-921-3480, or at the door. Arrive early for best seats.

Venue: 
The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle

April 29, Sunday, noon-5 pm: Annual CCS Scholarship Competition

The Cleveland Cello Society is pleased to announce its twentieth annual scholarship competition, open to talented young cellists residing in the State of Ohio. Please remember that a candidate may not win twice in a given division (Elementary, Junior, Senior, Collegiate), but is welcome to audition in a new division when qualified to do so.  The competition is divided into four categories: applicants should review the requirements of each category carefully. The winners will be asked to perform on a Cleveland Cello Society recital to be scheduled during the 2018-19 season.

Tickets: A small number of seats will be offered at $25 to those wishing to observe the auditions. Call the CCS office at 216-921-3480 to reserve a seat.

Venue: 
The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle