Performing Arts Series 2014–2015
The museum continues in its commitment to presenting the best in the performing arts from around the world. Highlights of next season’s line up include two special off-site programs feature the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams (Veils and Vespers and Inuksuit). U-Theatre presents Sword of Wisdom—a work that blends traditional Taiwanese drumming with percussion, dance, and martial arts. Italian Futurist painter and composer Luigi Russolo was a pioneer in noise music concerts and his Intonarumori (noise-generating devices) have been recreated by performer and musicologist Luciano Chessa. The instruments will be on display as Chessa works with local performers during a week-long residency that culminates in a concert in Gartner Auditorium. Audience favorite Chanticleer is known around the world for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass, and for its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music; the ensemble returns to CMA to with a new program. Ragamala Dance Company joins with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa in Song of the Jasmine—an inspired new work that freely moves between past and present, composition and improvisation, music and dance, delving into the concept of longing through the lens of recollection, appeal, and total surrender.
The series of adventurous music performances at the Transformer Station continues to feature improvised and composed music by some of the most remarkable artists of our time.
Deepening ties with area institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Cleveland School of the Arts offer exciting opportunities to engage the community with performances by young artists and faculty.