Classical Revolution Cleveland Brings an Eclectic Program to Heights Arts

Sat 1/25 @ 7PM

A little more than a decade ago, violinist Ariel Clayton Karas formed Classical Revolution Cleveland with the idea of bringing classical music to non-traditional venues and new audiences, and giving some of Cleveland’s large community of professional-level classical musicians the chance to try some things that wouldn’t work in a traditional concert hall.

Since then, they’ve performed monthly at the Happy Dog in Gordon Square, as well as other venues, including the VA hospital, shelters and correctional facilities. They even served as the Gordon Square Art’s District’s “musician-in-residence” in late 2018, A residency that found them performing at Near West Theatre, 79th Street Studios and even a neighborhood gas station. The performances, all free, feature a revolving cast of dozens of musicians in different numbers and configurations, performing programs that draw on a variety of genres.

When an ensemble featuring Clayton Karas, violinist Victor Beyens, bassist Henry Samuels and pianist Chris Neiner performs at Heights Arts’ gallery, they’ll do a tribute to the “roaring 20s,” with a program featuring “classical, jazz and classically inspired jazz … and a few surprises,” with music by Scott Joplin,Amy Beach, Django Reinhardt and more.

And like all their shows it’s free and open to all.


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