CityMusic Cleveland has carved a distinctive place in the cultural life of Northeast Ohio since its inception in 2004. The professional chamber orchestra presents free concerts in neighborhoods where access to classical music is lacking. CityMusic has established a fresh orchestral paradigm by forging relationships, fostering community arts involvement, and offering programs full of artistic adventure.
Along with audience development, CityMusic is committed to advancing arts education access. The Clurie Bennis Children’s Outreach Series in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Cleveland presents arts education programs that tell unique cultural stories, performed in schools and libraries in underserved Cleveland neighborhoods.
CityMusic has commissioned several works in addition to those listed above. Brouwer composed Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra (2007) for the ensemble and Michi Wiancko. The Greek born composer Christos Hatzis’ Redemption:Book I for CityMusic and the Pacifica Quartet premiered in 2009. A year later, CityMusic performed with Hatzis at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in “A Celebration of America’s Hellenic Community.” In its recently completed 15th season CityMusic presented the world premiere of Still, a violin concerto by Avner Dorman featuring Sayaka Shoji.