This past year has been a thrilling time of announcements and changes that are reshaping the way CWRU performing arts groups present creative works. The departments of Music, Theater and Dance have gone from being viewed as isolated entities spread across a large campus, to a collective of creative artists who now form a united front known as CWRU Performing Arts. We invite you to be a part of the undercurrent of creativity and artistic innovation that fuels great thinking around campus. Together, we are excited to present an engaging season of music, theatre, dance events and performances that will hopefully leave you thinking about CWRU Performing Arts in a whole new way.

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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar to discuss Handel’s royal court firing

You don’t think of composers getting fired, but it happened to George Frideric Handel, the composer of such great works as the Messiah, Water Music, and Music for Royal Fireworks, when the Elector of Hanover ousted him in 1713. How and why it happened is the subject of the talk, “Politics in Early 18th-Century Britain: Why Handel was Fired and Other Stories,” by Ellen T. Harris, president-elect of the American Musicological Society (AMS).

Harris, Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will make the presentation during a campus visit sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program and cosponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Department of Music. The public is invited to the free event at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, in Harkness Chapel, 11200 Bellflower Rd.

When he arrived in London in 1712, Handel was employed by heir-to-the-throne Georg Ludwig, the Elector of Hanover. Handel was welcomed in the court by Queen Anne and composed ceremonial music for her. At the same time, Lord Burlington, who also eyed the throne, welcomed him. Caught in a political tug-of-war, Handel lost his job at the Hanoverian court.

Harris will explore connections between Handel’s composing and London politics.

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar will draw from her forthcoming book,George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends (W.W. Norton, 2014) andHandel as Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas (Harvard University Press, 2002), which received the 2002 Kinkeldey Award from the AMS and the 2003 Gottschalk Prize from the American Society for 18th-Century Studies.

But Harris’ fame goes beyond her writings. The soprano soloist once sang the National Anthem at a Boston Red Sox game in Fenway Park and has performed songs from My Fair Lady with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

As an undergraduate at Brown University, she earned her BA in 1967 and completed her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. She joined MIT’s music department in 1989, where she served as associate provost from 1989-95.

She has been recognized for her research as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary member of the AMS and a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She has also received MIT’s 2005 Gyorgy Kepes Prize for her work in the arts.

For information, contact David J. Rothenberg, associate professor of music who is coordinating the event. Contact him at 216.368.6046 or email

18th Annual Music Masters Keynote Lecture and Conversation

“What a Drag it is getting old: The Challenges and Triumphs of the Latter-Day Rolling Stones”

Keynote Lecture by Alan Light

Thursday, Oct. 27

7 p.m. Ford Auditorium, CWRU Campus (11000 Euclid Ave.)

Alan Light’s keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University’s Ford Auditorium (11000 Euclid Ave.) will examine the latter-day Rolling Stones, and the triumphs and challenges of their longevity. Light is the former Editor-in-Chief of Spin and Vibe magazines, a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Rolling Stone, and the author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah.” This event is free and reservations are not required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

On Friday, Oct. 25 the Department of Music will also host “A Conversation and Q&A with Alan Light” at 12:30 p.m. in Clark Hall room 309. The free discussion is open to the campus community.
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  • August 31st, 2014 - Michele Higa Georgia: The Cleveland Institute of Music Memorial Concert
    2.00pm to 3.30pm (add this)
    CWRU - Harkness Chapel, Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH, United States
    A Memorial Concert in celebration of the life of Michele Higa George - former Director of the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at CIM. All teachers, students, colleagues and friends of Michele and her family are welcome to join us for an afternoon of music and memories of Michele – whose vision for sharing Dr. Suzuki's belief that “Every Child Can", has touched the lives of numerous children, teachers and families around the world. For more information about the event, please contact: Marlene Moses Becky Ensworth Diane Slone
  • October 12th, 2014 - Case Symphonic Winds & University Circle Wind Ensemble Performance
    3.00pm to 4.30pm (add this)
    The Cleveland Institute of Music - Kulas Hall
    Free & Open to the Public.
  • October 13th, 2014 - Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra Performance
    7.30pm to 9.00pm (add this)
    The Cleveland Institute of Music - Kulas Hall
    Featuring Concerto Competition Winner: James Du, piano. Free & Open to the Public.
  • October 19th, 2014 - Case Concert Choir Performance
    4.00pm to 5.30pm (add this)
    Brecksville United Church of Christ
    Free & Open to the Public.