First Fridays: Andrew Sords and Elizabeth DeMio

Following a decade in the spotlight, American violinist Andrew Sords has garnered accolades on four continents for his performances combining visceral virtuosity and ravishing tone. Elizabeth DeMio is well known as a collaborative pianist, recitalist and soloist in the Cleveland area. Andrew and Elizabeth visited the KeyBank Studio for an hour of music and conversation with WCLV's Angela Mitchell.

First Fridays: in2ative

This episode of First Fridays featured in2ative, made up of Kimberly Zaleski and Trevor Kazarian. Classically trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music, this avant-garde flute/cello duo specializes in an array of musical genres ranging from alternative rock to improvisational jazz and classical. They visited the KeyBank studio for an hour of original music and conversation, hosted by Angela Mitchell.

First Fridays: Gruca White Ensemble

On this episode of First Fridays, the Gruca White Ensemble joined WCLV's Angela Mitchell in the KeyBank Studio. Classical guitarist Robert Gruca and flutist Linda White offer an entirely new concert experience by alternating the best of the flute and guitar repertoire, their own arrangements of latin, jazz, and rock tunes, and short impromptus. 

Listen to the program--which includes the music of Chick Corea, Peter Green, and Bela Bartok--here

Cleveland Ovations: BlueWater Chamber Orchestra

This concert, recorded Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights, was presented on a recent episode of Cleveland Ovations. Angela Mitchell served as host and producer.

BlueWater Chamber Orchestra
Carlton Woods, Artistic Director and Conductor
Sean Gabriel, flute
Linda White, flute

Fauré: Masques et Bergamasques, Op. 112
Cambini/Parcell: Sinfonia Concertante for Two Flutes and Orchestra
Poulenc: Sinfonietta

Encore: "Orkney Wedding, and Sunrise" by Peter Maxwell Davies
Jeff Sandlin, bagpipe
Recorded November 13, 2014

First Fridays: members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

For this episode of First Fridays, Angela Mitchell welcomed members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and their mentors from The Cleveland Orchestra. These students were all selected to participate in the COYO Advanced Performance Seminar, in which they work intensely on chamber music. 

You can listen here to the entire program, which features chamber music by Shostakovich and Prokofiev. 

First Fridays: Ensemble HD

Ensemble HD's mission is to bring classical music to a wide audience, and what better place to do that than at the Happy Dog? That's where they got their name, and today they brought the show to the KeyBank Studio, hosted by Angela Mitchell. In this episode of First Fridays, they played selections from a recent program of theirs called "Cabaret: Between Two World Wars." 

Ensemble HD is: 
Joshua Smith, Principal Flute, The Cleveland Orchestra
Amy Lee, Associate Concertmaster, The Cleveland Orchestra
Frank Rosenwein, Principal Oboe, The Cleveland Orchestra
Charles Bernard, Assistant Principal Cello, The Cleveland Orchestra
Joanna Zakany, Viola, The Cleveland Orchestra
Christna Dahl, Piano, faculty at Stony Brook University

Janáček: Pohádka for Cello and Piano, 3rd movement
Reger: Suite in G Minor for Solo Viola, 1st movement
Holst: Terzetto for Flute, Oboe and Viola
Varèse: Density 21.5 for Solo Flute
Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7, 1st movement

Star Wars: The Score Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already the biggest movie of all time in the United States. The soundtrack is an original score by John Williams, who has written the music for all 7 Star Wars movies, plus other classics like Indiana Jones, E.T., Home Alone, and many, many more. Brett Mitchell, Associate Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, is a die-hard fan of John Williams and Star Wars, so WCLV invited him to the KeyBank Studio to take us through the score.

Cleveland Ovations: BlueWater Chamber Orchestra

WCLV is pleased to add the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra to the Cleveland Ovations line-up. Their season opener featured guitarist Jason Vieaux in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. This concert is a continuation of their “Near West Neighborhood Series” with thrilling music of Spanish and Latino heritage. Artistic Director Carlton R. Woods conducted. Angela Mitchell produced and hosted the broadcast.

Manuel de Falla: Three-Cornered Hat scenes and dances from Part 1
Silvestre Revueltas: Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca
Aaron Copland: Three Latin American Sketches
Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Francisco Tárrega: Capricho Arabe
Arturo Márquez: Danzon No. 4

First Fridays: Lara Downes, piano

Pianist Lara Downes visited the KeyBank Studio to perform selections from her recent releases, "A Billie Holiday Songbook" and "Exiles' Café," plus George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." She also talks about her own radio program, "The Green Room," using an iPad instead of sheet music, and keeping up all her social media accounts. 

Chopin: Mazurka Op. 6 #1
Chopin: Andante Spianato & Grand Polonaise Op. 22     
Rachmaninoff: Fragments, Op. Posth                    
Korngold: Marchenbilder Op. 3 #7, The Fairytale's Epilogue
Johnny Green: Body and Soul (arr. Distler)
Sammy Fain: I'll Be Seeing You (arr. Distler)
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Cleveland Ovations: Quire Cleveland

On this episode of Cleveland OvationsQuire Cleveland presents The Song of Songs: Choral Settings from Medieval to Modern

Recorded live in concert on Friday, February 27 & 28, 2015, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland, and St. Bernard Catholic Church, Akron

David Fallis, guest conductor; Ross W. Duffin, artistic director

Medieval Roots: Gregorian chant, Dunstable
The Spanish School: Guerrero, Victoria
The Early Baroque: Monteverdi, Schütz, M. Franck
An American Original: Billings
The Modern British School: Bairstow, Moody, Walton
In the Original Language: Hebrew cantillation, Sharlin
Romantics: Willan, Grieg
The Polychoral Tradition: Lasso, H. Praetorius

First Fridays: The Almeda Trio

The Almeda Trio visited the KeyBank Studio for music and conversation, previewing their concert this weekend at the BOP STOP

In the KeyBank Studio, they performed

Johannes Brahms: Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87, 1st and 3rd movements
Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio, 1st and 3rd movements
Dave Brubeck: Concordia Laetitia  

Robert Cassidy, piano Cara Tweed, violin Ida Mercer, cello  Ensemble-in-residence at  The Music Settlement  in Cleveland, Ohio

Robert Cassidy, piano
Cara Tweed, violin
Ida Mercer, cello

Ensemble-in-residence at The Music Settlement in Cleveland, Ohio