The 5th season of the VIVA! & Gala performing arts series is upon us with 14 outstanding performances from 11 countries around the world. viva-cover1.jpg This season includes an array of international artists and ensembles--the majority making their Cleveland debuts and U.S. premieres--like the dazzling Shaolin Warriors of China, the vanguard composer-improviser John Zorn and his new Masada Sextet, the Romeo and Juliet Choir of the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Stockholm, and so much more. Highlighting the 2009-10 VIVA! & Gala series is also the return to Gartner Auditorium on February 28, 2010 with a reopening bash including champagne and hors d’oeuvres before the Max Raabe and Palast Orchester performance. Check back and look for blog entries written by CMA's director of performing arts, music and film, Massoud Saidpour; and CMA's associate director of music, Tom Welsh as they'll have more tales to tell throughout the season. Speaking of the season, subscription packages are available for the VIVA! & Gala series. We've got specific bundled packages or you can customize your own depending on what performances you want to see. Check them out and let us know feedback!