WITH A FLICKER OF THE LIGHTS, A TUNING NOTE RINGS FORTH AND THE ORCHESTRA IS ENGAGED, HONING A SOUND CREATED BY MUSICIANS WHO HAVE BARELY EARNED THEIR DRIVER'S LICENSES. BUT DO NOT LET THEIR AGES FOOL YOU. THE CONTEMPORARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONTAINS SOME OF THE FINEST MUSICIANS CLEVELAND HAS TO OFFER AND WHAT'S MORE, THEY'RE CATALYSTS FOR A CHANGE THAT IS BEGINNING TO CHANGE THE PERIMETERS OF WHAT AN ORCHESTRA IS.
Last year, the group was the official orchestra for the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards, performing alongside Brendon Urie, twenty one pilots, and Fall Out Boy. This year they'll return to the APMAs, but before doing so they'll be presenting a spring concert with legendary musician Graham Nash.
"You save your glory for June 5th," director Liza Grossman advises her horns, "but just know this is one of those moments that will make your cheeks red."
Lead by Grossman, the orchestra gives up their Saturdays to fill the Cleveland State University's band room and make music. Even their sight-reading is musical; it's more than splattering notes against each other. They are confident in their lines.
Grossman paints the atmosphere by prepping her students with a story woven therein. "It's 1969 and we're in a lounge, very laid back...an older man with long hair and a beard sits at an Hammond organ and" her voice decrescendos, "we begin." Gently, they begin "A Song Before I Go."
We invite you to join us on thisadventure, from preparation to the downbeat, by following along with our blog. Catch all the behind the scenes access before you join us on June 5th at Severance Hall. Tickets are available here.