Michael Strauss, violist

Michael Strauss, Associate Professor of viola and chamber music at Oberlin, gives a preview of this week’s Cleveland Ovations. On the program, members of the Oberlin faculty perform two of the great quintets from chamber music repertoire.

He tells us why Mozart is never “background music,” what it’s like playing for his students, and the experience of playing Brahms’ great Piano Quintet in F Minor.