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Hutton Honors College

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"Keeping Music (A)Live":
A late lunch with
Members of the CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

January 25, 2011

At this lunch, students joined members of the Cleveland Orchestra for an informal lunch and discussion of the music in our lives. This event was for music and non-music majors alike! Considered one of the "Big Five" American orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra is world-renowned for its "artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement." New York Magazine has called it "the finest [orchestra] in America"; and It has performed around the world, including in Japan, Korea, Austria, Switzerland, as well as from coast to coast in the United States, regularly appearing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The orchestra has been working to create broader access to the live concert experience. It announced last fall that it will create a Center for Future Audiences and "will work to eliminate economic, geographic, and cultural barriers to attending the orchestra's performances." And members of the orchestra have also been willing to take the music to some surprising locals, including Cleveland's Happy Dog bar! The Cleveland Orchestra was on campus next week for a three-day residency, Jan. 24-26, that included a concert at the IU Auditorium on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. The lunch was co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.


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HHC volunteer Benjamin Hoffman chats with a member of the orchestra.

Orchestra members took turns answering students' questions.

Each orchestra member spoke about his or her individual experience as a member of the world-renowned orchestra.

A student listens while a member of the orchestra shares a story about her experience.


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