CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Museum of Art’s 2010-11
VIVA & Gala performing arts series will launch in October with an
ambitious schedule of programs that takes audiences around the
globe. VIVA & Gala has built a reputation among regional audiences
for bringing one-of-a-kind artists to Cleveland , and the upcoming
season is no exception, with 21 performances from 10 different
This year’s lineup ranges from the 50-member mixed choir State
Symphony Capella of Russia and the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of
India to master Chinese musician Yang Wei and Grammy Award-winning
Mariachi Los Camperos of Mexico . In a first, the museum has
partnered with The Cleveland Orchestra in a unique, three-concert
collaboration to bring a program of chamber works by Italian
composers to Gartner Auditorium.
The season also will boast a distinctly Latin flair, with a
four-concert miniseries of Latina performers, and three ensembles
from Cuba, who will bring the island’s music and dance to Cleveland
for the first time following seven years of restricted U.S. entry
for Cuban artists. Several free concerts also are featured,
including the first organ recital at the museum in more than five
years, designed to celebrate the restoration of Gartner Auditorium’s
McMyler organ, and two performances featuring ensembles from Oberlin
Conservatory: the Contemporary Music Ensemble and Collegium Musicum.
Performances take place in the museum’s Gartner Auditorium unless
“This year’s Viva & Gala programming is a testament to the success
of Gartner Auditorium’s renovation,” says Massoud Saidpour, director
of performing arts, music and film at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
“Our upcoming season will make full use of the auditorium’s enhanced
acoustics and flexible theatrical facilities in presenting what is
always one of Cleveland ’s most diverse performing arts series.”
The entire schedule includes:
-Colin Andrews, organ
Friday, October 1, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
-Lizt Alfonso’s Dance Cuba
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
-Mariachi Los Camperos
Friday, November 5, 2010 7:30 p.m.
-State Symphony Capella of Russia
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
-Masters of Chinese Music: Facets of the Pipa with Yang Wei
Friday, December 10, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
-Perú Negro with Eva Ayllón
Friday, January 21, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
-Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and New Century Chamber Orchestra
Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
-Iva Bittová and the Calder Quartet
Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
-Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Friday, March 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
-Spiritual Unity: The Legacy and Music of Albert Ayler
Friday, March 18, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
-13 Most Beautiful … Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests with live
music by Dean & Britta
Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
-Septeto Nacional de Cuba
Friday, April 8, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
-Los Mu equitos de Matanzas
Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
-Italian Masterworks: A Chamber Music Series with The Cleveland
Orchestra and Special Guests
Sunday, May 1, 2011 , 2:00 p.m.; Wednesday, May 4, 2011 , 7:30 p.m.;
and Friday, May 6, 2011 , 7:30 p.m.
-Endgame: A Play by Samuel Beckett
Thursday, May 19–Sunday, June 11, 2011; Thursdays, Fridays,
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
-Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble: Music of David Lang
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
About The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth
of its collection, which includes more than 40,000 objects and spans
6,000 years of achievement in the arts. Currently undergoing a
multi-phase renovation and expansion project, it is a significant
international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts
and art education. Admission to the museum has been free since its
founding charter. The Cleveland Museum of Art has a membership of
nearly 25,000 households and is supported by a broad range of
individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast
Ohio . The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents
through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the
Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax
dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and
cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the
museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888- CMA -0033 or