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Akron Art Museum and Tuesday Musical Association's Fuze! Concert Series Returns

For Release: January 2012

Akron Art Museum and Tuesday Musical Association’s
FUZE! Concert Series Returns to Intimate Museum Setting 

The Akron Art Museum and Tuesday Musical Association eagerly present another exciting series of cutting-edge performances by world-class, classically trained musicians testing new musical frontiers by fusing standard repertoire and works by contemporary composers. FUZE! returns for a fourth season to the intimate, up close setting of the museum’s Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium.
“Younger performers are dramatically changing the world of classical music,” said Mitchell Kahan, CEO and director of the Akron Art Museum. “This series offers Northeast Ohio audiences a front row seat to the invigorating changes in instrumental music, at an amazingly exceptional value.
Fueled in large part by a generous grant from the Johns S. and James L. Knight Foundation, this year’s musical collaboration continues to enhance the outreach component of the popular concert serieswith the intent of fostering the next generation of adventurous classical music lovers. Through special tickets to the museum performances, interactive assemblies and master class sessions in schools, this year’s musicians will continue to engage local university, secondary and middle school students.
“The highly successful outreach opportunities provide a direct connection between the artists and students,” said Tuesday Musical Association Director Barbara Feld. “The FUZE! musicians have chosen an alternative path from many of their classically-trained colleagues and it’s this new and viable approach to classical music that resonates deeply with the students.”
All concerts begin promptly at 6:30 pm, with doors opening at 6 pm.
Friday, February 17, 2012
The Calder Quartet featuring Iva Bittova
Czech violinist and vocalist Iva Bittova moves freely through the worlds of classical music and improvisation, creating exquisite, unrepeatable musical experiences. NPR’s All Things Considered raved that Bittova is “Raw and refined, passionate and contained, she has the soul of a gypsy, the voice of a troubadour, and the mind of a genius.”

Bittova joins the fresh, yet already revered, Calder Quartet to perform works by Fred Frith,
Leoš Janáček and Béla Bartók inspired by Moravian poetry and folk songs. Named after the artist Alexander Calder, the Los Angeles based quartet continues to expand its unique array of projects by performing traditional repertoire as well as partnering with innovative modern composers, emerging musicians and performers across genres.

Friday, March 16, 2012
The Sixth Floor Trio
The members of The Sixth Floor Trio met during their studies at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music and have since dedicated themselves to creating and performing music that furthers dialogue between different musical communities and other artistic disciplines. The Sixth Floor Trio’s vision places musical traditions from around the world on one continuum as part of the same great musical language. Their mission is to make connections between these varied musical styles in their repertoire. From bluegrass to klezmer, classical to jazz, ancient music to contemporary rock – they explore it all and bring its energy to the world.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Pablo Ziegler and Maya Beiser present Canyengue: the Soul of Tango
Maya Beiser, described by the The New Yorker as a “cello goddess” mesmerized during her performance as part of the inaugural 2009 FUZE! series. The New York based, Israeli born cellist returns to Akron with renowned Argentine, Latin Grammy-winning pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler, hailed by Stereo Review as “the outstanding representative of the nuevo tango in his generation.” The two will present a collaborative, sonic exploration of the nature of “canyengue” – provocative, raw, earthy and sensual – the true soul of Buenos Aires tango.
Following each concert, a special cash bar cocktail reception will be held in the museum’s Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, where audience members will have the opportunity to meet with the musicians.
Only 160 seats make this an unrivaled chamber experience. Tickets are $30 general public, $25 AAM and TMA members, $15 students with valid identification. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card by visiting, by calling 330.376.9186 x268 or visiting the Visitor Service Desk at the museum. All ticket prices are subject to additional ticket handling fees.

The 2012 FUZE! series is made possible by a generous gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Ohio Arts Council with additional support from a Friend of the Akron Art Museum, Scott Myers, Bruner-Cox LLP and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Pittman.

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