2014-2015 Concert Series — 56th Season

November 30th, 2014 10:00 am

2014-2015 Concert Series 56th Season

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2014-2015  Concert Series — 56th SEASON


Special Children’s Concert:     Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 2:30pm

A West Side Story
Featuring the story of Geoffrey the teddy bear who
tries to make his way back to Lakewood after being
left behind at Great Northern Shopping Center.

Composed and Conducted by Max Mueller
Narrator – Marjorie Hildebrandt
Max Mueller, piano
Jessica Ryou, violin
Dana Plank Blasko, violin
Abby McGreehan, viola
Vicki Hamm, cello
Kyle Kubovcik, bass

Story written by Lakewood High School students:
Suha Abousamieh, Mary Roufael, Muna Haroun, Mira Vainisi,
Jacquelyn Folts, Jordan Bozak, LaNiqua Jones, Chelsea Inak,
Sarah Bene, Erica Willis, Sara Crawford, Anwar Zahriyeh and Jacob Forester


January 26, 2015    “Men Who Don’t Bite” (Bassoon Quartet and Friends)

March 9, 2015       The Vienna Piano Trio

April 20, 2015      Mozart’s opera La Finta Giardiniera in concert with students from

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory

May 18, 2015        Robert Vernon (Principal Viola, The Cleveland Orchestra) & Friends


The concerts are free and open to the public.

Presented at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church

20401 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River, Ohio 44116

December Concert Background

November 29th, 2014 4:58 pm

Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents its second biennial children’s concert on Sunday afternoon, December 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, Ohio. The concert features an original work, A West Side Story, written by west side Cleveland students and featuring music by Cleveland and Los Angeles composer, Max Mueller. The performance will feature Max on the piano along with local musicians Jessica Ryou, violin; Amy Tang, violin; Abby McGreehan, viola; Vicki Hamm, cello; and Kyle Kubovcik, bass.
A West Side Story tells the tale of Geoffrey the teddy bear who must find his way back to Lakewood after being left behind at Great Northern. Follow Geoffrey on his adventures as he travels by air, water, and train to return to his owner’s arms. This concert is suitable for ages 3 and up, and there is no admission charge. Share a delightful afternoon with young family and friends–or come by yourself! For more information visit www.rrcms.org, or call 440-333-4296.
Max Mueller is a Los Angeles based composer, pianist, cellist, and educator who grew up in Lakewood, Ohio where he was a member of the world’s first high school rock orchestra, known as The Lakewood Project. Still performing today, this orchestra plays classic rock songs as well as rock versions of classical music pieces.
After moving to Los Angeles in 2007, Max started assisting Academy Award-nominated composer David Newman in the effort to reconstruct older movie scores–such as Out of Africa, How the West Was Won, and Batman–for live performance purposes. In 2011, Max founded Music on the Verge, an organization that designs music opportunities for students to explore the creative side of music through composition and arranging.
Max Mueller first appeared in Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s concert series in October 2012 when he conducted “Picture Books in Concert” bringing to life classic children’s stories with music composed by himself and performed by local musicians

2014 Spring Newsletter

May 28th, 2014 4:55 pm

…inspiring the love of classical music since 1958

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce its 56th season of presenting
high-quality professional chamber music concerts for the Northeast Ohio community. Concerts
take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings in the outstanding acoustical environment of West
Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River. They are open to
all and have no admission charge. Our concerts showcase an interesting mix of international,
national, and local talent.

The 56th season will begin on Monday, October 6 with pianists Thomas Labé and Hyunsoon
Whang playing piano 4 hand. They have performed internationally and have cut numerous
recordings. We will continue the tradition begun in 2012 of presenting a children’s concert.
Cleveland native, Max Mueller, will return in early December with an original children’s concert
composed and performed by this graduate of Lakewood High School who is now based in
California. Local bassoon quartet, Men Who Don’t Bite, will continue the season on January
26. The Vienna Piano Trio (piano, cello, violin), formed in 1989, performs on our stage on
March 9. The Trio has a special affinity with composers closely associated with Austria such as
Brahms, Haydn, Schubert, and Dvorak. Next, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory students present
an opera that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed at age 18. La Finta Giardiniera (“The
Pretend Garden-Girl”) will be performed in concert version on April 20. Robert Vernon,
principal viola of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1976, and his colleagues close the season with
Mozart and Brahms viola quartets on May 18.