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Cleveland Orchestra to perform free concert at East Professional Center

Published: August 6, 2016 12:00 AM
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The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the program for the free community concert for the At Home in Hough neighborhood residency on Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at East Professional Center (formerly East High School).

The concert, led by Cleveland Orchestra Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell, includes Bernstein's Overture to Candide, John Williams's Air and Simple Gifts, Smallwood's Total Praise, an arrangement of Oh Happy Day, J. Rosamond Johnson's Lift Every Voice and Sing, Gershwin's An American in Paris, and Copland's Lincoln Portrait, which will be narrated by Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon.

The concert will be video streamed live online at www.clevelandorchestra.com and www.ideastream.org, and available through Aug. 18 A live radio broadcast of the concert will air on WCLV Classical 104.9 ideastream°, and a delayed television broadcast will air on WVIZ / PBS on Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. and will repeat Aug. 14 at 3 p.m.

"All of us at The Cleveland Orchestra are so excited to spend time with our neighbors in Hough. Our culminating concert will reflect the history of this extraordinary community, a deeply inspiring American story that we'll celebrate through great American music," said Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell. "We'll feature orchestral works by Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, George Gershwin, and Aaron Copland, and I'm particularly pleased that we'll have the opportunity to perform Lift Every Voice and Sing, Total Praise, and Oh Happy Day with our friends in the Hough Community Chorus."


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Hough Community Chorus

A special Hough Community Chorus has been assembled for the concert, comprised of community singers and members of Cleveland Orchestra choruses who will perform with The Cleveland Orchestra at the concert. The chorus is being prepared by William Henry Caldwell and assembled by John Parker.


Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Museum of Art Neighborhood Residency Collaboration

This summer, The Cleveland Orchestra has been collaborating with the Cleveland Museum of Art to celebrate music and art in Hough. This new partnership between two of Ohio's premier cultural organizations is designed to create partnerships with communities to develop new and meaningful ways to enliven our community with arts and music. Both organizations have joined with residents to celebrate music and art in the Hough community from June through August, 2016.

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Pre-Concert Activities

Prior to the Aug. 11 concert, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the East Professional Center Auditorium lobby, a community showcase will feature musical and visual art talents from the community. Musical performances will feature student musicians from the Rainey Institute's El Sistema@Rainey program and student percussionists from the Lexington Bell Community Center. An exhibit created by the Cleveland Museum of Art will feature photographs of Hough residents that have been submitted throughout the residency titled "Clevelanders: Portraits of Our Community."

The Cleveland Museum of Art will also display their year-long centennial self-portrait project highlighted by banners that celebrate the Hough community. The portraits will feature Hough residents and the banners will be created by Hough community groups and Cleveland Museum of Art staff members. An additional banner will be produced by community members during "A New Day in Hough," an annual tradition started by the late councilwoman Fannie Lewis, taking place this year at League Park on August 6.


Post-Concert Activities

Following the concert, attendees are invited to a dessert reception in the East Professional Center Auditorium lobby. Cookies by Archie's Hough Bakery will be served. Hough Bakeries was started on Hough Avenue in 1903 and over the years became an iconic Cleveland bakery and catering company. Hough Bakeries was purchased by Hough head baker Archie Garner in 1992 and he continues to use the "secret" recipes in his Lakeshore Avenue business.


Additional Music and Art Activities in Hough

Education programs in the Hough community are being led by Cleveland Orchestra musicians, teaching artists, Cleveland Museum of Art staff, and regional artists. Many of these events took place during summer camps at the Fatima Family Center, Lexington Bell Community Center, the Rainey Institute, and the Cleveland Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Project (UMADAOP.). A complete calendar and listing of upcoming free community events can be found at http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/news-and-updates/news-releases/2016-releases/2016-06-23-hough-update/.

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