A "Gran" Concert for Rocky River
What could be grander than members of The Cleveland Orchestra, a world premiere, a tribute to Marianne Mastics, AND Mozart's "Gran Partita"! It will all be here in Rocky River on Monday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. At no charge. The place is the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard. All are welcome!
The Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s last concert of its 55th season features Mozart’s Serenade in B-flat major, K.361 "Gran Partita", and the world premiere of a work by Cleveland composer Jeffrey Rathbun entitled Rocky River Music for Wind Octet. Also on the program is Mozart’s Overture to the Opera "Don Giovanni", arranged for Wind Quintet.
The Society commissioned the work by Jeffrey Rathbun as a tribute to its longtime board member and esteemed pianist, Marianne Mastics (1919-2011). From 1941–81, Marianne Mastics performed ten times with The Cleveland Orchestra. Called by music critic Donald Rosenberg an “outstanding Cleveland pianist,” Marianne Mastics made at least two CDs. In addition to her concert career and her work with the Rocky River Chamber Music Society, she taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and trained generations of private students at her home in Bay Village.
Fittingly, members of The Cleveland Orchestra will perform the work composed in tribute to Marianne Mastics. Friends of the Orchestra will join them in performing the works by Mozart. This promises to be a memorable evening.
Carol Jacobs was the curator of the Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library before her retirement. Before that, she was archivist for The Cleveland Orchestra for 17 years.