Music for Our Children, in collaboration with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Ballet present a benefit performance to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work, providing life-saving supplies for children around the world.
The program will feature Alexander Borodin's Polovetsian Dances performed by members of the Cleveland Ballet. Choreographed by Gladisa Guadalupe (Cleveland Ballet-Artistic Director) and music performed by pianists Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith (Director of Music for Our Children/Cleveland Institute of Music-Collaborative Piano Faculty) and Carolyn Warner (Cleveland Orchestra/Cleveland Institute of Music-Chamber Music Faculty).
We are extremely delighted to have joining us this concert, members of The Cleveland Orchestra performing Beethoven's Septet Op. 20, featuring Chul-In Park-Violin, Lisa Boyko-Viola, Paul Kushious-Cello, Kevin Switalski-Bass, Robert Woolfrey-Clarinet, Barrick Stees-Basson and Richard King-French Horn.
An exciting new addition to the program is the appearance of internationally recognized Russian tenor Mikhail Urusov, who has sung operatic lead roles in Carmen, La Traviata, Madama Butterﬂy, Tosca, La Boheme and more. Also, a special appearance by CIM Piano Faculty Emanuela Friscioni.
The Steinway piano the performers will be using has been selected from Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland. Music for Our Children appreciates their partnership! The use of facilities at Andrews Osborne Academy is also generously donated for this great cause.
The concert will be followed by a wonderful dessert reception (provided by the Cleveland International Women's Group, headed by Sybille Schomerus) and live jazz performed by the Jason Smith Quartet.
Please join us as we make music to support this amazing organization and its worthy cause. All proceeds go directly to UNICEF