#RNCinCLE

In case you missed it, Cleveland just survived hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention. When news broke that our beloved city would play host to such an enormous event, many performing artists like myself wondered what the week would entail, especially in regards to music needs. Thankfully, I’m glad to say I’m nearly finished with…

A full start to the summer season!

Things honestly move so fast in the summer I can’t keep up… I decided this morning to simply post a massive photo log of a handful of the musical adventures both myself and OPUS 216 have enjoyed since late spring! Happy Summer! *Featured below, in no particular order: private events and weddings galore, an appearance…

‘Art and Insight’ at the Museum of Art.

For the last 4 years, cellist Erica Snowden and I have collaborated with the education department at the Cleveland Museum of Art on creative programming linking art, music, collaboration, and team-building. We began four years ago with a brief, 15 minute session with a rotating group of medical residents – we drew parallels between abstract art, fugues…

The Music of Eric Genuis, and Concerts of Hope

Last December, I had the rare privilege of collaborating with pianist and composer Eric Genuis on a day of performances in various correctional institutes in Northeast Ohio. As a talented and highly creative composer and pianist, Eric strives to create performances that fill listeners with dignity, no matter their life status. Our day began with at…

Powerpoint. Art. KISS.The Beatles. Bach.

That title can’t come close to summing up the fantastically diverse week of performance OPUS 216 and I have undertaken! First wedding quartet performance of 2016. Third OPUS 216 appearance at Kent’s Beatlefest. Fourth year working with the Cleveland Museum of Art and their Art & Insight program. First all-Oberlin set at a Classical Rev show, and…

The formalities of deep winter.

The post-holiday season for independent professional musicians is often dubbed “the slow season.” Oratorios, Christmas parties, holiday festivals, and student winter recitals are all a thing of the past. In a way, this is a “slow season” – it’s often a planning time with ensemble/professional goals for the coming year, and a way to rejuvenate from…

2015 Performance Highlights!

Yes, it is now Two Thousand and Sixteen. Yes, I haven’t updated the blog since the middle of Two Thousand and Fifteen. No, I’m not apologizing… Why? I just went through my day planner (I still go old school with schedule-keeping) and counted over 140 bookings in 2015. That included OPUS 216 events, recitals, solo…

Playing Catch Up on the Blog, in Time for the Full Swing of Summer!

Spring was a total blur for more than a few reasons… OPUS 216 gave a full length recital at The BOP STOP in April and we rounded out a third year working with the education division at the Cleveland Museum of Art on a series of performance/lectures… Private events picked up, and there were gowns…

A New Year, New Adventures, New Music, More fun!

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and 2015 has already started with a bang! Our piano quintet was recently featured in a film shoot for a private business’s advertising campaign, and last weekend myself, along with cellist Andris and pianist Emily, gave a full-length recital for the “Music on the Hill” concert series in Marysville, OH! The…

Holiday Frenzy Closes Out an Eventful Year!

Aside from an untimely bout with the flu, December was packed with student performances, holiday market concerts, private events, and the annual assembly ball at the Union Club. Today, on the first day of the new year, I’m reflecting on the joy of working with amazing colleagues, having wonderful students, and being blessed with the…

“All You Need Is Love” … plus a solo fiddle.

As wedding season winds to a close (it’s never truly ‘over,’ but it certainly ebbs and flows), I wanted to post a couple of my favorite pics from clients who chose to keep things simple but still had a great time choosing music that was unique and meaningful. From a small, rooftop wedding downtown, to…