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Viva! Series is Bringing World of Art, Music to Area

July 13, 2008

By Elaine Guregian, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio

Jul. 13–The 2008-09 Viva! & Gala Around Town series looks so good, it’s enough to make you forget about the high cost of gas. It’s going to be well worth the trip to see and hear the events on next season’s series, put on by the Cleveland Museum of Art, with performers drawn from around the globe to perform in venues throughout Cleveland.

One of the many highlights is a group of performances and films organized for the centenary of Olivier Messiaen (born December 1908) being observed internationally next season. The French composer’s sensuous scoring and innovative, detailed use of birdsong invites listeners into his mystical writing.

Another group of events not to be missed is a performance by Merce Cunningham Dance, to be preceded by a weeklong series of residencies at Northeast Ohio university dance programs.

Subscriptions are available beginning Aug. 8 to museum members and on Aug. 17 to nonmembers. Single tickets will be available Aug. 26 to members and on Sept. 2 to nonmembers. Order online at http://www.clevelandart.org/tickets or call 888-262-0033.

Panorama vouchers for films can be purchased in a booklet of 10 vouchers for $45/members, $55/nonmembers. –7:30 p.m. Oct. 18: Lura — The Music of Cape Verde. Murch Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Afro-Latin music from the Cape Verde Islands. $34, $32 members.

–7:30 p.m. Nov. 1: David Krakauer and Klezmer Madness! Murch Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Jewish klezmer music for the next generation. $34, $32 members.

–Artistic Luxury: A concert and two series of films to go with the museum’s special exhibition, Artistic Luxury: Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique.

7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Artistic Luxury: Music of Opulence and Decadence Around 1900, with Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano, performing music of Ravel, Debussy, Anton Arensky, and Faure. Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall.

A film series includes Paris 1900, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Klimt, Proteus, To Catch a Thief, Ninotchka, Salome, Angels and Insects, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Scarlet Empress.

A second film series, called the 2008 Holiday Film Festival: Lapse of Luxury, chronicles “the demise of the 19th-century aristocracy, along with (in some cases) the rise of the lower and middle classes,” according to the museum. The films are The Leopard, The Magnificent Ambersons, Grand Illusion, The Earrings of Madame de… and Russian Ark.

All films will be shown in the museum’s renovated Lecture Hall at 11150 East Boulevard. For times and dates, call 888-262-0033. Tickets to each program are $8, members $6, seniors 65 and over $5, and students $4, or one Panorama voucher.

–7:30 p.m. Nov. 19: Calder Quartet. Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, UCC. The former graduate resident quartet of the Juilliard School pairs traditional and contemporary music. $29, members $27.

–Messiaen Centenary:

1:30 p.m. Dec. 7: The Crystal Liturgy: Olivier Messiaen, film directed by Olivier Mille, with Olivier Messiaen. Interviews, archival film clips and excerpts from Messiaen’s music. Lecture Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art. $8, members $6, seniors 65 and over $5, students $4, or one Panorama voucher.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 10: Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus, performed by pianist Christopher Taylor. Old Stone Church. $29, members $27.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 13: Des Canyons aux Etoiles, Messiaen’s evening-length tone poem in homage to Bryce Canyon, performed by the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Tim Weiss. Pilgrim Congregational Church. $29, members $27.

2 p.m. Jan. 4, 2009: La Nativite du Seigneur, performed by organist Karel Paukert. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Free, tickets required.

–7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 2009: Bernarda Fink. Argentine mezzo-soprano performs art songs of Schubert and Dvorak. Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall. $34, members $32.

–8 p.m. Jan. 31: Merce Cunningham Dance. Cunningham and his influential contemporary company will perform Second Hand, a work from 1970 that was created with visual artist Jasper Johns and composer John Cage. Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. $25-$60. Co-presented with DanceCleveland, with related residencies, panel discussions and a series of films.

Two documentaries will be shown at the museum’s renovated Lecture Hall at 11150 East Blvd. Admission to each film is $8, members $6, seniors 65 and over $5, students $4, or one Panorama voucher.

1:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance, directed by Charles Atlas.

7 p.m. Feb. 4, Cage/Cunningham, directed by Elliot Caplan, with John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Rudolf Nureyev.

–7:30 p.m. Feb. 6: Norwegian lute player Rolf Lislevand, Swiss flutist Matthias Ziegler and Catalan harpist/singer Arianna Savall (daughter of famed gambist Jordi Savall) bring contemporary music into their performances of early music. Pilgrim Congregational Church. $29, members $27.

–7:30 p.m. Feb. 25: Passio by Arvo Part, performed by soloists of the Trinity Choir of New York City, with the Oberlin Choir, Owen Burdick, conductor. The Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus. $34, members $32.

–7:30 p.m. Feb. 28: Maureen Fleming Dance, Waters of Immortality. Performance contains nudity. Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. $41, members $39.

–7:30 p.m. March 8: Aswat — The Golden Age of Arab Music. Simon Shaheen, a leading Arab composer and musician, conducts a traditional 15-piece orchestra and a cast of Arab singers. Multimedia imagery and film footage of the era will be shown. Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. $41, members $39.

–7:30 p.m. March 11: Pieter Wispelwey, cello; with Lois Shapiro, piano. Dutch cellist performs Beethoven’s complete sonatas and variations. Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music. $41, members $39.

–7:30 p.m. March 21: Alarm Will Sound, a new music group performing 1969, a music-theater piece that summons the spirits of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Philip Glass. Murch Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Natural History. $34, members $32.

–7:30 p.m. March 29: Lo Cor de la Plana. French ensemble of six male a cappella singers performs in the ancient language of Occitan, with hand drums. Murch Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Natural History. $34, members $32.

–7:30 p.m. April 3: Krystian Zimerman, pianist, in his Cleveland recital debut. Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. $41, members $39.

–7:30 p.m. April 10: Mariza — The Fado of Portugal. Passion songs of Portugal. Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. $41, members $39.

–7:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1; also at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 2 and May 3: Basil Twist’s Dogugaeshi. Puppeteer Basil Twist creates an hourlong performance with original shamisen compositions performed by Yumiko Tanaka and video projections. Not suitable for children under 12. Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Play House’s FusionFest. Brooks Theatre, Cleveland Play House. $41, members $39.

–7:30 p.m. May 16: Karbido’s The Table — A Piece for Four Men and a Table. A hit of the Edinburgh Festival in 2007, featuring musicians playing a table made with special resonating qualities. Baxter Theatre, Cleveland Play House. Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Play House’s FusionFest. $34, members $32.

–7:30 p.m. June 16: Goran Bregovic — The Wedding and Funeral Orchestra. Film score composer leads his 40-piece ensemble, which includes a Serbian gypsy band, a 12-piece string ensemble, a 15-man choir, and three Bulgarian singers. Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. $45, members $43.

–Goran Bregovic: Film Music — Four movies with music by Goran Bregovic, all by directors from the former Yugoslavia: Charuga, Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream and Underground. Call for dates and times. All films will be shown in the museum’s Lecture Hall at 11150 East Boulevard. Tickets to each program are $8, members $6, seniors 65 and over $5, and students $4, or one Panorama voucher. Elaine Guregian can be reached at 330-996-3574 or eguregian@thebeaconjournal.com

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