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Akron Art Museum and Tuesday Musical Association’s FUZE! Concert Series Returns after Sold-Out Premiere Season

The Akron Art Museum and Tuesday Musical Association eagerly present another exciting series of cutting-edge performances by world-class, classically trained musicians testing new musical frontiers by fusing standard repertoire and works by contemporary composers. FUZE! returns for a second season to the intimate, up-close setting of the museum’s 160-seat Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium after an award-winning, sold-out premiere season.

“The Akron Art Museum is the perfect venue for the FUZE! series, as it provides a one-of-a-kind, personal concert experience,” said Mitchell Kahan, director and CEO of the museum. “It’s really amazing to be so close and then have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the performers following the concert.”

Billed as “a program for the culturally adventurous,” FUZE! was the winner of the prestigious 2009 Arts Alive! Collaboration Award given biennially by the Akron Area Arts Alliance.

“The FUZE! concerts are fresh and exciting,” said Barbara Feld, director of Tuesday Musical Association. “It has been wonderful to see the community response to this new series of avant garde music and to have them say, ‘now I don’t have to go to Cleveland – it’s in my own backyard.’”

This year’s line-up is guaranteed to carry on the sensation, so get your tickets early! All concerts begin promptly at 6:30 pm, with doors opening at 6 pm.

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The New York Times described Haitian-American artist DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN (DBR) as “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets.” An innovative composer, violinist and band leader, DBR has collaborated with an impressive array of artists, orchestras and chamber ensembles, from projects for the Sphinx Commissioning Consortium, Imani Winds and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra to pop princess Lady Gaga. DBR studied music as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and completed his master’s and doctoral work at the University of Michigan under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom. As a composer, his works range from orchestral scores and chamber pieces to music for film, theater, modern dance and electronica. DBR melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination.

Brooklyn Rider
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Described by critics as “hip in a geeky, Brooklyn way (suspenders, facial hair)” and “classically trained to within an inch of their lives,” the young musicians who make up BROOKLYN RIDER have also been credited with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st century ensemble,” by NPR’s Performance Today host, Fred Child.
Named after the “exploding array of cultures and artistic energy” of their New York borough and the cross-disciplinary vision of the pre-World War I Munich-based artistic collective, Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), Brooklyn Rider’s repertoire is as likely to explore Haydn and Debussy as the music of our time. They’ve worked with numerous composers such as Lisa Bielawa and Philip Glass and their affinity for global music has resulted in collaborations with everyone from Persian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor to Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes. Whether performing at Joe’s Pub in NYC, the Todai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan, or the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Brooklyn Rider invites their audiences into an unforgettable shared experience.

David Krakauer
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Internationally acclaimed clarinetist DAVID KRAKAUER redefines the notion of a concert artist. Known for his mastery of myriad styles including classical chamber music, Eastern European Jewish klezmer music and avant-garde improvisation, Krakauer lies way beyond “cross-over.” Krakauer is in demand worldwide as a guest soloist with the finest ensembles. Recent collaborations have included the Tokyo String Quartet, the Kronos Quartet and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.

As one of the foremost musicians of the vital new wave of klezmer, David Krakauer tours the globe with his celebrated Klezmer Madness! Ensemble. While firmly rooted in traditional klezmer folk tunes, the band “hurls the tradition of klezmer music into the rock era” (Jon Pareles, The New York Times). With Klezmer Madness!, Krakauer has forged alliances among his genre of world music and jazz, rock, funk and hip-hop. It simultaneously shouts out to those who remember “yesterday’s” klezmer and to the hard dance clubbers and world music enthusiasts of today.

Following each concert, a special cocktail reception will be held in the museum’s Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, where audience members will have the opportunity to meet with the musicians.

Limited reserve seating is available for each performance. Tickets are $30 general public, $25 AAM and TMA members, $15 students with valid identification. All ticket prices are subject to additional ticket handling fees and increase $5 on the day of show. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card by visiting http://www.AkronArtMuseum.org, by calling 330.376.9186 x268 or visiting the Visitor Service Desk at the museum.

In addition to their musical performances at the museum, each musician has committed to education outreach, working with middle, high school and university students while in Akron.

The 2010 FUZE! Series is made possible by sponsorship from the Ohio Arts Council, The Mirapaul Foundation, an anonymous donor, Carol Boyd bequest, Mrs. Stuart Willen and Laura Lee Garfinkel.

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