In Sunday’s (5/5) Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Zachary Lewis writes, “Spend enough time in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood this week and next, and you’ll almost surely encounter a member of the Cleveland Orchestra via ‘At Home in Gordon Square,’ a weeklong effort aimed at blasting barriers to classical music. A more intense version of its residencies abroad, the program will take individual players into the neighborhood for brief, informal appearances at such untraditional locations as coffee shops, bars and health facilities. ‘We’re popping up in places you wouldn’t expect us,’ said principal flutist Joshua Smith, whose concerts with other orchestra players at the Happy Dog tavern led to the residency. … On Thursday, May 16, at St. Colman Catholic Church, the full orchestra will give a formal concert under assistant conductor James Feddeck. On that program will be works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Ravel, Chaminade and Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets to the free event were released on a first-come, first-served basis at various Gordon Square outlets on an April Saturday and were gone by morning’s end. … Every other element of the residency, slated to be repeated on an annual basis in neighborhoods across Northeast Ohio, departs from tradition. In lieu of formal concerts, musicians acting alone and in small groups will offer casual readings of works they like to play, while people go about their business.”

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Posted May 6, 2013