First Concert – Sunday, September 17, 2017


Dan Johnsen - cello
 
A veteran of the concert stage, cellist Dane Johansen has performed on five continents in more than twenty countries. A native of Fairbanks Alaska, Johansen join the Cleveland Orchestra in 2016. Mr. Johansen studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and at the Juilliard School, where he earned his artist diploma. In 2014, he walked 580 miles along the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain with his cello on his back, performing Bach’s Suites in 36 concerts along the way. The story of his adventure on the Camino with Bach was made into a documentary film.
 
Music from The Western Reserve was pleased to announce their 35th year to showcase Dane Johansen, cello as their premiere concert of the season on Sunday, September 17 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson. Formerly, the cellist of the Escher String Quartet for five years, Johansen has recently joined The Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of March of 2016.
 
Johansen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world. He has performed in five continents and in more than 20 countries in venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The New York Times acclaimed him for his “brave virtuosity” and “staggering aplomb.”
 
The love of J.S. Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello has taken much dedication from Johansen for many years starting when he was a young child. The suites have been recently celebrated by Johansen in his recent documentary Strangers on the Earth, which aired at the Cleveland Film Festival this past year. Johansen led a musical pilgrimage in May of 2014 called The Walk to Fisterra, where he walked 580 miles along the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain with his cello on his back, performing Bach’s Suites in ancient churches along the way.
 
Johansen showed a portion of his documentary of Strangers on the Earth during his performance for Music from The Western Reserve.
 
Johansen performed J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites No. 1, 4, and 6.
Sponsored by Iris and Tom Harvie

Second Concert – Sunday, October 29, 2017


Featured Young Artist ~ Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Students
 
Music from The Western Reserve’s 2017/18 Featured Young Artists are Noa Barenblat, Emily Brett, Kelsey Brown, Colin Carswell, Sam Columbus, Warren Egypt Franklin, Courtney Hausman, David Holbert, Gillian Jackson, Tia Karaplis, Caroline Kasay, Amy Keum, Zach Landis, Matthew Pitts, Joshua Regan and Jake Slater.

Hailing from twelve different states, these gifted young artists are Music Theatre majors at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. When they take our stage, expect a lively and energetic program of show tunes from the Golden Age of Broadway.
When the students took our stage, it was a lively and energetic program of show tunes from the Golden Age of Broadway featuring The Most Happy FellaCamelot, and The Sound of Music. Those in attendance were tapping their feet and sang along to favorite tunes, including Standing in the Corner, Big D, The Simple Joys of Maidenhood, If Ever I Would Leave You, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and My Favorite Things, to name a few.
 
 
Not only can they be seen at Playhouse Square and the Beck Center in Cleveland, but we were pleased to have them in the heart of downtown Hudson at the acoustically superb Christ Church Episcopal located at 21 Aurora Street.

Third Concert – Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 5 pm


Dan Johnsen - cello
 
A veteran of the concert stage, cellist Dane Johansen has performed on five continents in more than twenty countries. A native of Fairbanks Alaska, Johansen join the Cleveland Orchestra in 2016. Mr. Johansen studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and at the Juilliard School, where he earned his artist diploma. In 2014, he walked 580 miles along the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain with his cello on his back, performing Bach’s Suites in 36 concerts along the way. The story of his adventure on the Camino with Bach was made into a documentary film.
 
Music from The Western Reserve was pleased to announce their 35th year to showcase Dane Johansen, cello as their premiere concert of the season on Sunday, September 17 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson. Formerly, the cellist of the Escher String Quartet for five years, Johansen has recently joined The Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of March of 2016.
 
Johansen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world. He has performed in five continents and in more than 20 countries in venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The New York Times acclaimed him for his “brave virtuosity” and “staggering aplomb.”
 
The love of J.S. Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello has taken much dedication from Johansen for many years starting when he was a young child. The suites have been recently celebrated by Johansen in his recent documentary Strangers on the Earth, which aired at the Cleveland Film Festival this past year. Johansen led a musical pilgrimage in May of 2014 called The Walk to Fisterra, where he walked 580 miles along the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain with his cello on his back, performing Bach’s Suites in ancient churches along the way.
 
Johansen showed a portion of his documentary of Strangers on the Earth during his performance for Music from The Western Reserve.
 
Johansen performed J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites No. 1, 4, and 6.
Sponsored by Iris and Tom Harvie

Fourth Concert – Sunday, February 12, 2018 at 5 pm


Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
 
 
In our 4th concert of the season we welcomed back world-renowned pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi on Sunday, February 11 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.
Pompa-Baldi was born and raised in Foggia, Italy. In 1999, he won the Cleveland International Piano Competition which lead him to a career that continues to extend across five continents. He was also a top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, Frances and a silver medalist at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
 
A Steinway artist, Mr. Pompa-Baldi is on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He will performed works by Hummel, Lyapunov, Poulenc, Piaf, and Medtner. Cleveland Classical has described Pompa-Baldi’s playing as “revealing a musical temperament ranging from the poetic to the virtuosic, with great intelligence and kaleidoscopic imagination.”

Fifth Concert – Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 5 pm


Bobby Selvaggio Jazz Quartet

       Bobby Selvaggio, saxophone
       Theron Brown, piano
       Jordan McBride, bass
        Zaire Darden, drums 
 
 
Performer, composer, arranger and educator, Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today's jazz scene. A native of Cleveland, he is Director of the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University. A graduate of Kent and Manhattan School of Music, Bobby spent four years in New York gigging around town in places like the Vanguard and Birdland. He returned to his hometown and is dedicated to keeping jazz alive in Cleveland.
 
Bobby Selvaggio Jazz Quartet consists of local area jazz musicians with impressive backgrounds. Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today’s jazz scene. In the words of Kenny Werner, “Bobby is among the best of players out there,” and legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano praises Bobby by calling him “one of the few young saxophonists on the scene today that captures you with his strong presence, focus, and sound.”
 
Hailing from the Cleveland area, Mr. Selvaggio earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Kent State University. He eventually moved to New York City and earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. After living in New York for four years, Bobby decided to move back to Cleveland with his family. He has dedicated himself to keeping jazz alive in Cleveland and his passion for jazz education has led him to serve as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University.
 
Joining Mr. Selvaggio on the acoustically sound stage of Christ Church Episcopal is Theron Brown. Not only is Mr. Brown an accomplished jazz pianist, he also has a Master’s Degree in classical piano performance and an acting role on his resume. In 2012, he auditioned for and was cast as young Herbie Hancock in the film about Miles Davis, Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Don Cheadle.
 
Theron Brown has performed with The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Sam Blakeslee Large Ensemble, Dave Banks Big Band, The Huntertones (formerly DW6), Sean Jones, Joe Lovano, Javon Jackson and many more. Mr. Brown is a professor of Jazz Piano at Kent State University and Youngstown State University, and he is immensely involved in promoting jazz and classical music. Brown is also the co-founder and director of the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival which takes place annually in Akron, OH.
 
Joining Selvaggio and Brown is Jordan McBride who picked up the bass at age 12 and began to develop a sound influenced by the Philadelphia Jazz scene. McBride has performed with numerous musicians in the Philadelphia area including jazz legend Jimmy Heath. He has performed for the Philadelphia Mayor, John Street and Philadelphia Eagle owner, Jeffrey Lurie. McBride holds an Artist Degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he worked with Peter Dominquez and Gerald Cannon.
 
Zaire Darden, drums, will be performing for Music from The Western Reserve as part of the jazz quartet. After learning Cuban, Brazilian and West African drumming traditions, he later turned to the drum set competing in jazz band competitions, most notably the Berklee School of Music High School Jazz Festival in Boston, MA. Darden studied with Philadelphia's Craig McIver, who was taught by Philly Joe Jones and Max Roach. By his senior year, he continued to work with various artists and perform in Barack Obama's Inauguration in 2009. Darden continued his musical studies by attending and graduating from Oberlin Conservatory of Music for jazz studies with a degree in jazz drum performance.

Sixth Concert – Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 5 pm


Brass Quintet Dana School of Music
 
      Brian Kiser, tuba
      Sebastian Vera, trombone
      Stacie Mickens, horn
      Christopher Krummel, trumpet
      Nicholas Samsen, trumpet
 
 
From Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University. Each quintet member has extraordinary performance experience. It will be an evening to revel in the brilliant and bold sound of brass. Their performance promises to be a lively program and perfect ending to our 2017/18 season.

Comprised of Youngstown State University brass faculty members, Dana Brass Quintet members include Stacie Mickens, horn, Christopher Krummel, trumpet, Nicholas Samson, trumpet, Hakeem Bilal, bass trombone, and Brian Kiser, tuba. Each member has extraordinary performance experience. The quintet has performed numerous recitals and youth outreach concerts throughout each year.

Stacie Mickens
 currently serves as principal horn for both the Wheeling and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras, as well as fourth horn for the Akron Symphony. In addition to her orchestral performance experience, Dr. Mickens has performed in numerous drum and bugle corps activities, including the Star of Indiana’s Brass Theater, the Cadets of Bergen County, and the Colts.

Along with holding positions with numerous orchestras in Ohio and all over the world, Christopher Krummel is also an active military duty musician, a solo musician, and a commercial musician. Some of his experience includes performing with Michael Bolton, The Temptations, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, to name a few.

Nicholas Samson
 is in his final semester of graduate studies at Youngstown State University and holds positions with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra (PA) and the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of the Youngstown Saxon Band, he has performed throughout Europe. As a commercial musician, he has performed with entertainers such as O’Jays, The Tokens, Peter Tork, Martha Reeves, Sam Moore, and Jay Harmon.

Hakeem Bilal
 holds positions in numerous ensembles including C Street Brass, River City Brass, and Beauty Slap. He regularly substitutes for the Cleveland Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. He has recently returned from a stint performing with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Bilal currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

After receiving his doctorate from prestigious Jacobs School of Music, Brian Kiser currently holds the position of Principal Tuba of the Roanoke Symphony (VA), and has performed in numerous other ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Canton Symphony, Warren Philharmonic, New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Malaysian Philharmonic (Kuala Lumpur) Orchestras. Additionally, Dr. Kiser holds the position of Solo Tubist with the Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band.