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P.O. Box 998
Hudson, OH 44236
(330) 840-8429

Music from The Western Reserve 35th Season 2017-2018


Elisabeth Hugh General Manager or 330.840.8429
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Celebrating 35 Seasons

For thirty-five seasons, Music from The Western Reserve has been committed to showcasing the brightest stars of the chamber music world right here in Northeast Ohio. That has been our mission and our distinct privilege.

Our 2017/18 lineup continues our legacy – presenting timeless classics performed by modern masters. Six unforgettable performances. Six evenings of the magic of music. Experience them all in the lush acoustics of Christ Church Episcopal, located in the heart of historic Hudson.

In our 1st concert, we showcased Dane Johansen, cello as our premiere concert of the season on Sunday, September 17. Formerly, the cellist of the Escher String Quartet for five years, Johansen recently joined The Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of March of 2016. Johansen performed J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites No. 1, 4, and 6. The concert was held on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal located at 21 Aurora Street, Hudson Ohio.

Our 2nd concert of the season featured the brilliant young artists from Northeast Ohio as part of our Featured Young Artist Series. This year's performace was with Music Theatre Majors from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. On Sunday, October 29 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.

Our 3rd concert of the season featured Ensemble HD performed the works by Duruflé, Martinů, and Fauré on Sunday, November 12.  Ensemble HD is led by Joshua Smith, Principal Flute, the Cleveland Orchestra, with fellow Cleveland Orchestra members Amy Lee, Associate Concertmaster, violin; Frank Rosenwein, Principal Oboe; Charles Bernard, Assistant Principal cello; and Joanna Patterson-Zakany, viola. These orchestra members are joined by friend Christina Dahl, piano.

In our 4th concert of the season we welcomed back world-renowned pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi on Sunday, February 11 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.

Pompa-Baldi was born and raised in Foggia, Italy. In 1999, he won the Cleveland International Piano Competition which lead him to a career that continues to extend across five continents. He was also a top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, Frances and a silver medalist at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

A Steinway artist, Mr. Pompa-Baldi is on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He will performed works by Hummel, Lyapunov, Poulenc, Piaf, and Medtner. Cleveland Classical has described Pompa-Baldi’s playing as “revealing a musical temperament ranging from the poetic to the virtuosic, with great intelligence and kaleidoscopic imagination.”

Read Here the review of our 4th concert performed by pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

Our 5th concert this season was the Bobby Selvaggio Jazz Quartet. The quartet consists of local area jazz musicians with impressive backgrounds. They performed on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.

The 6th concert of the 2017-2018 season features the Dana Brass Quintet.. Music from The Western Reserve is excited to present an evening to revel in the brilliant sound of brass in Hudson once again. They will perform on Sunday, April 8 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson. Dana Brass Quintet hails from Youngstown State University.

Comprised of Youngstown State University brass faculty members, Dana Brass Quintet members include Stacie Mickens, horn, Christopher Krummel, trumpet, Nicholas Samson, trumpet, Hakeem Bilal, bass trombone, and Brian Kiser, tuba. Each member has extraordinary performance experience. The quintet has performed numerous recitals and youth outreach concerts throughout each year.

Stacie Mickens
currently serves as principal horn for both the Wheeling and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras, as well as fourth horn for the Akron Symphony. In addition to her orchestral performance experience, Dr. Mickens has performed in numerous drum and bugle corps activities, including the Star of Indiana’s Brass Theater, the Cadets of Bergen County, and the Colts.

Along with holding positions with numerous orchestras in Ohio and all over the world, Christopher Krummel is also an active military duty musician, a solo musician, and a commercial musician. Some of his experience includes performing with Michael Bolton, The Temptations, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, to name a few.

Nicholas Samson
is in his final semester of graduate studies at Youngstown State University and holds positions with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra (PA) and the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of the Youngstown Saxon Band, he has performed throughout Europe. As a commercial musician, he has performed with entertainers such as O’Jays, The Tokens, Peter Tork, Martha Reeves, Sam Moore, and Jay Harmon.

Hakeem Bilal
holds positions in numerous ensembles including C Street Brass, River City Brass, and Beauty Slap. He regularly substitutes for the Cleveland Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. He has recently returned from a stint performing with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Bilal currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

After receiving his doctorate from prestigious Jacobs School of Music, Brian Kiser currently holds the position of Principal Tuba of the Roanoke Symphony (VA), and has performed in numerous other ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Canton Symphony, Warren Philharmonic, New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Malaysian Philharmonic (Kuala Lumpur) Orchestras. Additionally, Dr. Kiser holds the position of Solo Tubist with the Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band.

The program is sure to impress including works by G. F. Handel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Camille Saint-Saëns. Other arrangements include a piece by J.S. Bach, Johann Strauss, and even Billy Joel, to name a few! The remarkable musicianship and bold brass sound will be the perfect ending to Music from The Western Reserve’s 35th season.

The concert will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at Christ Church Episcopal located at 21 Aurora Street, in the heart of downtown Hudson. There will be a meet-the-artist reception immediately following the concert. This evening’s performance is graciously sponsored by Laurel Lake Retirement Community.

Single Tickets, $20  - Students Admitted FREE.

Ticket includes post-concert reception. 

To purchase your tickets, click on Purchase Tickets

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Concert venue, Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora Street, Hudson. Concert time, 5:00 pm.

Post concert meet-the-artist reception immediately following the concert.

For more information you may call 330.840.8429.
PO Box 998,
Hudson, Ohio