Cleveland Orchestra's Joan Katz Napoli invited to the White House

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 · 0 comments


 

Every week, Champions of Change are invited to the White House to share their ideas to win the future.  Cleveland Orchestra Director of Education and Community Programs Joan Katz Napoli was included in a group of prestigious performing artists and leaders to share ideas about arts education.

President Obama believes that the arts and humanities should be part of the education of every child in America. The power of the arts and humanities to foster creativity in developing minds, to engage and motivate students in school and to prepare all children for productive futures is essential for the future of nation’s cultural and economic life. This is an extraordinary group of actors, teachers, principals, superintendents and organizations who are creating innovative programs across the country that are benefitting their local communities.

 To see all their videos, click the links below:
  • Joan Katz Napoli, Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Cleveland Orchestra
Joan Katz Napoli has served for sixteen years as Director of Education and Community Engagement for The Cleveland Orchestra whose education and outreach programs serve more than 70,000 annually. In addition to school fieldtrip concerts and an outstanding Youth Orchestra, Music Study Groups for adults, and Music Mentors and Music Masters that support instrumental music programs in local schools, The Cleveland Orchestra was one of the first in the country to implement an arts integration program, Learning Through Music (now in its 14th year) which uses music to support learning across the K-5 curriculum, and has recently established a Musical Neighborhoods program in partnership with local Head Start sites, using music to build school readiness skills.

Prior to The Cleveland Orchestra, Joan worked in public television, first with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), then with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) where she was the national Director of K-12 Learning Services. Joan managed several award winning educational television programs and series for the PBS network including: Good Morning Ms. Toliver (Peabody Award 1993); Who Will Teach for America? (1992 Emmy-nominee); Futures with Jaime Escalante (Peabody Award 1991); and a prime-time special, Math: Who Needs It?

Here is the essay Joan wrote for the White House Champions of Change website:

Every Child Deserves an Arts-Rich Education

This past Tuesday I was honored to be among those selected as arts education Champions of Change and to have the opportunity to talk with Administration officials from the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education about the power of the arts to transform lives and ways to advance arts education.

Our group included school principals, arts education providers, and television and movie actors from the Creative Coalition, all of whom believe that a child’s education is not complete without the arts. We were greeted by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, joined by Peter Cunningham, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Dept of Education, and our round table discussion was led by Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Vice Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. (Don’t miss the 2011 PCAH report (PDF), Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.)
The Cleveland Orchestra is known throughout the world but one of its most important roles is as arts educator at home, in Cleveland, a city that has suffered with more than its fair share of foreclosures, job losses, population decline, and a struggling school district.   To help create arts-rich schools while supporting them in reaching mandated state standards, The Cleveland Orchestra created its Learning Through Music (LTM) partnership program in 1997 with Cleveland-area elementary schools, working collaboratively with teachers and Orchestra musicians who serve as teaching artists to integrate music into the curriculum to strengthen teacher training and student learning in science, math, and language arts; engage an underserved population with symphonic music; and provide the opportunity for musicians to contribute to and gain a deeper understanding of the community. What we’ve found is that arts integration’s interdisciplinary approach  is a “way in” for students across all demographics and learning abilities; arts integration inspires educators burned out by teaching to the test; and that arts-rich schools enjoy fewer behavior problems, increased attendance and higher  graduation rates.

Cleveland is home to many other arts education providers including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Art, Playhouse Square, Young Audiences and a growing list of community organizations whose arts education programs provide access to quality arts experiences especially for those least able to afford them. An organization I helped found and currently serve as President of, the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium (CAEC), housed at Cleveland State University, convenes more than 60 cultural organizations, large and small, on a regular basis to address critical issues in arts education, share information and best practices, present community-wide events, and undertake joint projects and research to strengthen and promote the value of arts education throughout Northeast Ohio. CAEC’s professional development and networking sessions have become a major asset for arts educators and it supports an annual Creative Voices Arts Summit and Arts Education Luncheon that engages school and community leaders and funders in dialogue with local and national experts, provides a showcase for ‘what works’ and keeps arts education on the front burner in Cleveland.
 
Every child deserves the documented benefits of an arts-rich education. In-depth collaborations between community arts organizations and schools can make that dream a reality.
 



 

SymphonyNow - "Global Villagers" Cleveland Orchestra Musicians

Thursday, July 21, 2011 · 0 comments

From the League of America's SymphonyNow

Cleveland Orchestra Principal Horn Richard King gets rock-star treatment from students.

Global Villagers

Most orchestras do community engagement work close to home, connecting with neighbors, nearby schools, the folks down the road. The Cleveland Orchestra  does community engagement on an international scale. Sure, the Cleveland Orchestra presents an ambitious range of community engagement activities in its hometown, but the orchestra also connects with residents, local musicians, and young people in places as far afield as Osaka. For its annual three-week residency in Miami and regular residencies in Lucerne, Vienna, and Bloomington, Indiana, the orchestra’s musicians make personal connections with listeners at educational concerts and conservatories, performing chamber music with local professionals and bringing music to schools.

Two Cleveland Orchestra musicians—Principal Horn Richard King and First Assistant Principal Viola Lynne Ramsey—recently spoke to SymphonyNOW about the value of community engagement at home and abroad. While such activities interest newcomers in the art form—as Ramsey points out, hearing classical music in an intimate setting “opens up their ears and their eyes to wanting to venture into this kind of music”—they also remind these accomplished musicians that even across language barriers, people can make music together.

The interviews took place at Lincoln Center in New York City, where the Cleveland Orchestra was in residence at the Lincoln Center Festival from July 13 to 17 with programs that juxtaposed works of John Adams and Anton Bruckner.

Text by Robert Sandla
Video by John Bence

Joffrey Dancers Primed for Blossom

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 · 1 comments

During the month of July, Joffrey Ballet dancers Matthew Adamczyk and Valerie Robin spent two weeks teaching at the Summer Intensive session of The University of Akron’s Dance Institute.
 In between classes, the Chicago dancers talked about some of the repertoire the Joffrey company will perform at Blossom in August. (They’ll dance the same program both nights.)

 Adamczyk: I’m so excited about Stravinsky Violin Concerto, because that piece of music in general is just phenomenal. I can only imagine what it’s going to be when Cleveland plays it. The music is so different from what people expect—all fives and threes and nines, and it’s very odd to count for the dancers.
 Robin: Although I think choreographically the steps are related directly to the music...

Adamczyk: But there’s nothing square in that Stravinsky music. It’s just bright and fun and clean. I think that the audience is really going to appreciate it. It builds and builds and builds and BUILDS and BUILDS, then Pop! It’s done. It finishes really well.

Robin: I’m looking forward to After the Rain. We don’t know what the casting is yet, but we know what the programming is.

Adamczyk: In the past Valerie and I have danced this ballet together. The music is by Arvo Pärt so it’s very interesting—dark, with chimes and gongs. The ballet is very beautiful contemporary movement, very sharp and harsh in the first section. We always make the comment that we’re the rain, and after the rain is the Pas de Deux at the end. It’s a really beautiful lullaby-like piece. Everything is such dramatic contrast—it really grabs the audience.

Robin: It’s challenging for the dancers, both technically and artistically.

Adamczyk: You have the hardest part. She never leaves the stage!

Robin: The choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, came in to work with us and I was, like, dying. I looked up at him and said, ‘Did you hate this girl [the one for whom he originally created it] or something?’ (Big laugh.)

The Joffrey Ballet performs with The Cleveland Orchestra August 20 and 21 at the Blossom Festival.

Photo of Valerie Robin and UA Dance Institute Summer Intensive students by Dale Dong.












The Cleveland Orchestra's Lincoln Center Festival Residency: Rave Reviews

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 · 1 comments

Franz Welser-Möst, John Adams, Leila Josefowicz and The Cleveland Orchestra 
at the Lincoln Center Festival             Photo: Stephanie Berger

The Cleveland Orchestra's residency with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst at the 2011 Lincoln Center Festival received rave reviews.  Critics and writers from The New York Times, The Plain Dealer, The New Yorker, and TIME Magazine described the performances as, “magnificent,” “exhilarating,” “beautifully played,” “breath-taking,” and “left me awestruck.”

Here are some excerpts from the reviews:

Photo: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times
Writing about the Orchestra's performance of Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times called it “a magnificent performance.”

TIME Magazine’s major online story by Craig Duff included a comparison of Franz’s championship of Bruckner symphonies to Leonard Bernstein bringing the world’s attention to Gustav Mahler.

Photo: Stephanie Berger
In his review of the Orchestra’s performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, Allan Kozinn of The New York Times called Franz’s reading, “commanding.”

Zachary Lewis of The Plain Dealer reported, “…the performances...under music director Franz Welser-Möst were little short of magnificent.”

Photo: Stephanie Berger
New York Times critic Steve Smith concluded his review of Bruckner's Ninth Symphony with this description:  "a spellbinding account that showed Mr. Welser-Möst and the orchestra in their finest light."

Alex Ross from the New Yorker tweeted:  “The Cleveland Orchestra has been playing brilliantly all week, but today's concert—Adams Atomic Symphony and Bruckner 9—left me awestruck.”

Additional reviews:


 
"Revelation Calling" Superconductor Blog


"Two Views of the Empyrean" ConcertoNet.com 

"Miracle on the Strings" ConcertoNet.com




"Lincoln Center Festival 2011 - Bruckner (R)evolution" Seen and Heard International MusicWeb's Reviews

"Strange Bedfellows:  Bruckner and Adams" Musical America Blog

"The Stone Carver - A Bruckner Festival at Lincoln Center" The New Yorker



Joffrey Slideshow

Thursday, July 14, 2011 · 0 comments

 Joffrey Ballet dancers Matthew Adamczyk and Valerie Robin are finishing up two weeks of teaching intermediate and advanced students at The University of Akron’s Dance Institute Summer Intensive during the month of July. They have been talking to students about the life of dancers in one of America's major dance companies as well as teaching ballet and pointe technique and repertoire. 

Check out the slide show!

All photos by Dale Dong.







The Chicago company visits the Blossom Festival on August 20 and 21 to perform with The Cleveland Orchestra.



Images of Peace

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 · 0 comments

What does peace mean to you? What makes you feel peaceful? Friends? Family? A beautiful sunset? A starry night? Children at play? A hike in the Metroparks? A walk along the lakefront?

The Cleveland Orchestra invited the entire community to submit original artwork and photos for Images of Peace — a community slide show to be archived below and displayed on a giant outdoor screen prior to The Cleveland Orchestra 9/11 Commemoration Concert on Sunday, September 11, 2011. 

Images of Peace
Thank you!


Hans Clebsch, Shaker Heights


Hans Clebsch, Shaker Heights


Hans Clebsch, Shaker Heights


Claudia Mier, Shaker Heights


Hans Clebsch, Shaker Heights


Hans Clebsch, Shaker Heights



Ron Werman, Cleveland Heights


Ron Werman, Cleveland Heights


Ron Werman, Cleveland Heights

Lloyd Weema, University Heights


Ron Werman, Cleveland Heights






Sherri Vallie, Rockland, MA


Diane Turner, Sharon Township




Diane Turner, Sharon Township


Diane Turner, Sharon Township


Diane Turner, Sharon Township



Rosanne Radziewicz


Christina Boris, North Royalton


Courtney E. MacCanon, Parma


Courtney E. MacCanon, Parma


Darlene Beiter, North Olmsted


Darlene Beiter, North Olmsted


Darlene Beiter, North Olmsted


Priscilla Colville, Cleveland


Priscilla Colville, Cleveland


Priscilla Colville, Cleveland


Priscilla Colville, Cleveland


Priscilla Colville, Cleveland



Wanda Ullman, Parma



Laura Kennelly, Berea


Laura Kennelly, Berea


















Hollis Richardson, Strongsville


Hollis Richardson, Strongsville


Hollis Richardson, Strongsville


Hollis Richardson, Strongsville


Katherine Chilcote, Cleveland


Katherine Chilcote, Cleveland
Interfaith mural at CWRU's Interfaith Center


Katherine Chilcote, Cleveland
Interfaith mural at CWRU's Interfaith Center



Virginia Mateer, Wellington


Virginia Mateer, Wellington



 


 


 


 


Ingemar Svala, Vermilion


Ingemar Svala, Vermilion



Ingemar Svala, Vermilion


Ingemar Svala, Vermilion


Ingemar Svala, Vermilion


Ingemar Svala, Vermilion


Ingemar Svala, Vermilion


Julia Tryk, Shaker Heights





Virginia Slesh, Chesterland


Virginia Slesh, Chesterland


Lamar Richardson, South Euclid


Phyllis Mitchell


Jiin Lin, Taipei, Taiwan


Jiin Lin, Taipei, Taiwan


Lisa Judge, Lakewood


Lisa Judge, Lakewood


Anita Howard, Cleveland


Chris Grossman, Cleveland


Kathy Goldsmith


Amber Dimoff, Shaker Heights


Amber Dimoff, Shaker Heights


Amber Dimoff, Shaker Heights


Deby Conant


Deby Conant


Deby Conant


Deby Conant


Chiaming Cheng, Solon


W. Eric Broviak


Debra Bream, Beachwood
Oil painting


Christina Boris, North Royalton


Christina Boris, North Royalton


Christina Boris, North Royalton


Christina Boris, North Royalton


Christina Boris, North Royalton


Christina Boris, North Royalton


Jeanne M. Anderson, Cleveland
 

Virginia Mateer, Wellington, Ohio


Virginia Mateer, Wellington, Ohio


Virginia Mateer, Wellington, Ohio


Virginia Mateer, Wellington, Ohio



Alyssa Lee Wilmot, Akron


Alyssa Lee Wilmot, Akron


Alyssa Lee Wilmot, Akron


Alyssa Lee Wilmot, Akron


Alissa Lee Wilmot, Akron


Virginia Mateer, Wellington, Ohio


Virginia Mateer, Wellington, Ohio


Virginia Mateer, Wellington, Ohio


Frank Shoemaker, Westlake
















Frank Shoemaker, Westlake


Frank Shoemaker, Westlake




Travis Scott







Travis Scott




Kelly Ferjutz, Cleveland


Shauna Rich


Shauna Rich


Shauna Rich

















Matthew K. Weiland, Rocky River

Shauna Rich


Marta Perez-Stable, Westlake


Paul Omesky


Paul Olmesky


Laura O'Donnell, Willowick





 


 



 

Loren Reash Henz, Rocky River


James Helbig, Lakewood


John Gosnik


Robert Carley, Darien, CT


Robert Carley, Darien CT


Robert Carley, Darien, CT


Robert Carley, Darien, CT




Robert Carley, Darien, CT


Charlotte Bhasin, Rocky River


Susan Baruch, Rochester, NY


Susan Baruch, Rochester, NY
















Peggy Roberts, Cleveland

Peggy Roberts, Cleveland


Mary Miller, Willoughby Hills


Mary Miller, Willoughby Hills


Frank Gabbert, Avon Lake

Frank Gabbert, Avon Lake

Frank Gabbert, Avon Lake


Frank Gabbert, Avon Lake


C. Evans


Pia Calabretta, Cleveland


Margaret E. Arthur, Parma



Bruce Shewitz, Cleveland Heights, Ohio


Peggy O'Grady, Rocky River, Ohio



Peggy O'Grady, Rocky River, Ohio


Peggy O'Grady, Rocky River, Ohio


Shannon McDonough, North Olmsted, Ohio


















Bill Sanders, Berea, Ohio

















Bill Sanders, Berea, Ohio



Sara McClelland, North Olmsted, Ohio


Doris Mayer, Solon, Ohio


Carol Jacobs, Rocky River, Ohio

Jane Coleman, North Royalton, Ohio


Jane Coleman, North Royalton, Ohio
(watercolor pencil rendering of original photo
by her mother, Gladys L. Rybicki)


Jane Coleman, North Royalton, Ohio



Michelle Demith-Bibb, Berlin Heights, Ohio


 





Michelle Demith-Bibb, Berlin Heights, Ohio 


Michelle Demith-Bibb, Berlin Heights, Ohio


Sanjiv Kapur, Cleveland, Ohio

Doris Mayer, Solon, Ohio

Doris Mayer, Solon, Ohio

Guytano Parks, Cleveland, Ohio


Gerry Wesley, Cleveland, Ohio

Gerry Wesley, Cleveland, Ohio

Gerry Wesley, Cleveland, Ohio

Isabel Dimoff, Shaker Heights, Ohio





















By Ruth
Part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and
Glyphix design studio’s “Peace Stanzas” project.


By Katie
Part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and
Glyphix design studio’s “Peace Stanzas” project.


By Josh
Part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and
Glyphix design studio’s “Peace Stanzas” project.


By Joanna
Part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and
Glyphix design studio’s “Peace Stanzas” project.

By Jameson
Part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and
Glyphix design studio’s “Peace Stanzas” project.


By Jake
Part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and
Glyphix design studio’s “Peace Stanzas” project.


By Erin
Part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and
Glyphix design studio’s “Peace Stanzas” project.


By Chris
Part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and
Glyphix design studio’s “Peace Stanzas” project.


By Branden
Part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and
Glyphix design studio’s “Peace Stanzas” project.


By Andy
Part of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and
Glyphix design studio’s “Peace Stanzas” project.