The popular series of monthly concerts in the galleries featuring young artists from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the joint program with Case Western Reserve University’s early and baroque music programs enters its sixth season. Outstanding conservatory musicians present mixed programs of chamber music amid the museum’s collections for a unique and intimate experience—concerts that regularly feature instruments from the museum’s keyboard collection.
From standard repertoire to unknown gems, these early-evening, hour-long performances are a delightful after-work encounter or the start of a night out.
Featuring students in CIM's Young Artist Program (YAP) and Intensive Quartet Seminar (IQS)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
from Suite for solo cello in D Minor, no. 2, BWV 1008 (transcribed for viola)
Performed by Samuel Rosenthal, viola (YAP)
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Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
from String Quartet no. 6, Sz. 114, BB 119
III. Mesto – Burletta: Moderato
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
from String Quartet in B-flat Major, no. 3, op. 67
III. Agitato (Allegretto non troppo) – Trio – Coda
Performed by the Callisto Quartet (IQS)
Rachel Stenzel and Paul Aguilar, violins; Eva Kennedy, viola; Hannah Moses, cello
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J. S. Bach
Suite for solo cello in C Minor, no. 5, BWV 1011
V. Gavotte I and II
Performed by James Hettinga, cello (YAP)
About the Performers
Young Artist Program
The Young Artist Program (YAP) at CIM was inaugurated over twenty years ago to celebrate and support highly gifted musicians ages 13–18, in pursuit of a career in classical music. YAP students are encouraged and inspired by a team of renowned faculty to develop into extraordinary performers, arts leaders, and compassionate global citizens. This prestigious program has played a formative role in the careers of such internationally celebrated performers as Alisa Weilerstein (cello), international soloist and winner of Avery Fisher Career Grant; Frank Huang (violin), concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic; and Jinjoo Cho (violin), CIM faculty and winner of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
Intensive Quartet Seminar
The Intensive Quartet Seminar was founded in 1989, by the Cavani String Quartet (Artists in Residence at CIM) to offer CIM students the opportunity to devote themselves to the art of string quartet playing at the highest level. The program is designed to focus on the interpretation and performance of one composer or thematically linked repertoire. Emphasis is placed on creating a collaborative environment and sharing ensemble techniques related to the art of superlative chamber music playing. Quartets are coached by the Cavani String Quartet and Peter Salaff, Director of String Chamber Music. Former participants in IQS include members of Miro, Catalyst, Jupiter, Aeolus, Linden, Daedalus, Harlem, and Lark quartets as well as members of the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic.
Samuel Rosenthal, viola, age 16, is honored to be part of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studies with Jeffrey Irvine. He has been studying violin, viola, and chamber music at CIM since 2007. As a participant in the Chamber Music Connection (Columbus, Ohio) and Phoenixphest (Ann Arbor, Michigan), he has performed in master classes for members of the St. Lawrence, Ying , Lark, and Cavani string quartets, as well as distinguished artists James Ehnes, Jen Michel Fonteneau, Paul Kantor, and Peter Salaff. He has attended summer music festivals around the country including Greenwood Music Camp, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the renowned Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, NY, where he will return this summer. Sam also participated in the Perlman Music Program, Suncoast over the Winter break in Sarasota, Florida. Sam is currently co-principal viola of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. He is a junior at Shaker Heights High School, where he is concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra. Sam is proud to be a member of CODA, a student led musical community outreach organization at Shaker Heights High School. Winner of first prize in the 2017 Ohio Viola Society High School Division, Sam was also a featured soloist with the Suburban Symphony as a winner of its 2017 concerto competition. As co-winner of the COYO Concerto Competition, he will be performing the Walton Concerto in January 2018. This past summer Sam performed the Mendelssohn Octet as a member of the Cecilia Octet on the NPR Program From the Top. Sam would like to thank to all of his wonderful teachers and coaches, including Kimberly Meier-Sims, Jeffrey Irvine, Carol Rodland, and Kirsten Docter, as well as special thanks to his grandparents for coming to all of his concerts and transporting him back and forth to CIM all these years.
James Hettinga, cello, age 17, is a member of the Young Artist Program a CIM, and a student of Dr. Melissa Kraut. James has been studying cello since he was 4 years old. His desire to play cello was a result of listening to the musical recordings being played by his older siblings who all played the violin. He finds great joy in performing with his seven siblings, all of which play string instruments. James has performed in master classes for members of the Ying Quartet, cellists Jean Michel Fonteneau and Si-Yan Darren Li, and performs frequently with Jinjoo Cho, violinist. James has won numerous competitions including the Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship Competition both Junior and Senior divisions, and the Duquesne Young Artist National Competition Solo Strings Division. He is Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and a co-winner of the 2016 COYO Concerto Competition. He studies chamber music with Annie Fullard, members of the Cavani Quartet, and Peter Salaff at CIM. Last summer, his ensemble, the Cecilia Octet, was chosen to play for the renowned NPR program, From the Top. James also loves to play guitar and viola da gamba, sing, and play golf and Ultimate Frisbee. He was a participant last summer at Encore Chamber Music Quartet Intensive, and will be attending again this year.
The Callisto Quartet
Formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), the Callisto Quartet brings together dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music. Members Paul Aguilar and Rachel Stenzel (violins), Eva Kennedy (viola), and Hannah Moses (cello) are all accomplished individual chamber musicians and have won prizes in various local and national chamber music competitions. The quartet is currently one of six groups chosen to participate in CIM’s Intensive Quartet Seminar where they are coached and mentored by the Cavani Quartet and Peter Salaff. They have also had the opportunity to play in coachings and master classes for Shmuel Ashkenasi, Mathias Tacke, Ronald Copes, Laurie Smukler, Daniel Phillips, Colin Carr, and renowned Bartók scholar Elliott Antokoletz, as well as members of the Juilliard, Belcea, Ying, and Calidore quartets. The Callisto Quartet was selected as the CIM Apprentice Quartet for 2017, a position which includes extensive education and performance activities throughout the Cleveland community and two full-program recitals, including one as part of the Cleveland Chamber Music Society’s concert series. The Quartet won first prize in the 2017 Ohio String Teachers’ Association Chamber Music Competition. Additionally, they were one of two finalists selected for the WDAV Young Musicians Chamber Competition and have also qualified to compete in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May. This summer they will be a fellowship quartet at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, in addition to attending the Juilliard Quartet Seminar.