Avi Avital and Omer Avital. Photo by Christie Goodwin
  • Avi Avital and Omer Avital. Photo by Christie Goodwin

Performing Arts Series 2018–19 Season

In the season ahead, the museum’s performing arts series continues its exciting schedule with a range of artists from traditions far and wide, old and new. Highlights include the debut of Belgian early music vocal ensemble Vox Luminis, under the direction of Lionel Meunier and with special guests Anthony Romaniuk (organ) and Ricardo Rodriguez Miranda (viola da gamba) performing an all-Bach program; mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital joins jazz bassist Omer Avital in a program whimsically titled “Avital Meets Avital,” drawing on their shared Jewish Moroccan roots; solo recital by violinist Carolin Widmann; ongoing series collaborations with the premier ensembles at the Oberlin Conservatory as well as the joint program of CIM/CWRU; organ recitals by up and coming stars Paul Goussot and Emmanuel Culcasi, in addition to the young artists from the CIM studio of Todd Wilson; and more.

New this year is the establishment of a major commissioning program, to include six composers traveling to Cleveland from around the globe to create new works inspired by the museum’s collection. Co-sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program, these internationally respected artists will visit Cleveland throughout the Fall and we will begin a series of world premieres early in 2019 that will extend into 2020. Public events with the composers will be announced for October and November, and the first set of premieres will start in January with a concert by Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Threadgill, whose ensemble Zooid is joined by the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble for a uniquely expanded improvising chamber group. Another premiere takes place in March when Japanese composer Aya Nishina presents a work for choral group and chamber ensemble entitled “Symphonia,” a multi-movement piece inspired by "opened-mouth creatures" in the collection. In May, composer Cenk Ergün premieres a long-form, large-scale work in the Atrium, to create a unique experience in the museum’s dramatic architectural space. As each composer develops their work and more details become available, we will announce updates.

See individual performances for details.