By Nicole Hennessy
Throughout the month of May the Cleveland Orchestra will be performing at diverse venues throughout Lakewood.
Since February, the orchestra has been hosting workshops for all ages, including preschoolers and high schoolers in chorus, band and orchestra, as part of its At Home outreach series, which began during the 2012-2013 season with a home residency in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.
“Music has the power to unite communities. It brings us together in celebration, comforts us in loss, and surround us with joy,” the program description reads.
After a May 5 lunch at Lakewood High School’s Ranger Cafe, public performances are scheduled as follows.
- Saturday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Root Cafe, located at 15118 Detroit Ave., and 10:30 a.m. at Blackbird Baking Co., located at 1391 Sloane Avenue (solo and duo performances by Cleveland Orchestra musicians)
- Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m.: Nature’s Bin, located at 18120 Sloane Ave.
Sunday, May 18, a special performance titled “The Mosaic of Music” is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Lakewood Baptist Church. The church, which is comprised of both locals and a large population of Burmese refugees, is located at 14321 Detroit Ave.
Two more performances that night (at 6 and 8 p.m.) will take place on the front porch of the Lakewood Public Library as part of its weekly Front Porch Concert Series, and the residency will continue throughout the month as follows.
- Tuesday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m.: Barton Senior Center, located at 14300 Detroit Ave.
- Wednesday, May 21, at 6 p.m.: Pier W deck, located at 12700 Lake Ave. (Winton Place)
- Thursday, May 22, at 12 p.m.: Lakewood Hospital, located at 14519 Detroit Ave.
- Friday, May 23, at 6 p.m.: Vosh, located at 1414 Riverside Drive
- Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m.: Mahall’s 20 Lanes, located at 13200 Madison Ave.
- Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m.: Turkish American Cultural Center, located at 13303 Madison Ave.
At Home residencies are intended to bring attention to Greater Cleveland’s most vibrant neighborhoods and make orchestral music accessible to a more diverse group of people.
“Creating a ‘grass roots’ opportunity for Lakewood to experience perhaps the greatest orchestra in the world at a very personal level is a cultural experience that we will remember for years to come. Our increasingly vibrant commercial corridors and neighborhoods will be made ever-more-so [sic] by the music and the musicians,” said Mayor Michael P. Summers in a press release detailing the May schedule.
This is the first time in 29 years the Cleveland Orchestra has had a presence in Lakewood.
The last performance of the series, and the most anticipated, will take place Saturday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakewood High School Civic Auditorium. Though the event is free, attendees are encouraged to pick up tickets beginning April 26 at one of the following locations:
- Breadsmith of Lakewood, 18101 Detroit Ave.
- Breakneck Gallery, 17020 Madison Ave.
- Geiger’s Clothing & Sports, 14710 Detroit Ave.
- Good Goat Gallery, 17012 Madison Ave.
- Lakewood Hardware, 16608 Madison Ave.
- Madison Avenue Car Wash — 11832 Madison Ave.
- Marrell Music — 13733 Madison Ave.
- Spin Bike Shop — 14515 Madison Ave.
- Vance Music Studios — 16426 Madison Ave.p.m.
- Virginia Marti College of Art and Design — 11724 Detroit Ave.
Educational events and panel discussions will also continue throughout May. A schedule can be found on the Orchestra’s website.