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The Akron Art Museum and Tuesday Musical Association Present Second FUZE! Concert

For Release: February 2009

Akron, Ohio, February 16, 2009 — Maya Beiser, the virtuosic, boundary-pushing cellist, renowned for her dramatic performances, will add Akron to the worldwide list of places where she’s captivated audiences with her virtuosic quest to redefine her instrument’s boundaries.

Beiser will perform at the Akron Art Museum on Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 pm, as part of the FUZE! concert series, a program for the culturally adventurous held in collaboration with the Tuesday Musical Association. The series features cutting edge performances by classically trained musicians, engaging audiences with a fusion of standard repertoire and works by contemporary composers. The concerts are held in the museum’s intimate 160-seat Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, adding an up-close and personal feel. After each performance, concert-goers have the opportunity to interact with the musicians during a special cocktail reception. Free hors d’ouevres and a cash bar will be available.

Described as a “cello goddess” by the New Yorker Magazine, and the “queen of contemporary cello” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Beiser has been on the forefront of the classical music world, crossing genres and redefining the classical concert medium. A featured performer at the Sydney Opera House, New York City’s Lincoln Center, and the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan, she has created new repertoire for the cello during the last decade, commissioning and performing many works written for her by composers including Tan Dun, Brian Eno and Philip Glass.

Beiser conceived and produced her critically acclaimed multimedia concerts including World To Come which premiered as part of the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall's new venue, Zankel Hall. Highlights of World To Come included performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Mondavi Performing Arts Center and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Highlights of the past season included her debut performance at London's Barbican Hall, return appearances at the Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, as well as concerts at major venues in Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and Seattle.

In the past year Maya has also been a featured soloist on several film soundtracks. Collaborating with renowned film composer James Newton Howard, she is the featured soloist on M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters and Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond.

Maya's performance of Steve Reich's Cello Counterpoint is featured on the Nonesuch CD, You Are which was chosen by The New York Times as one of the top albums of 2005. She is also the soloist on the Sony Classical CD release of Tan Dun's Water Passion, and has performed his Academy Award-winning score Crouching Tiger Concerto with orchestras around the globe.

Maya's recent appearances with orchestras included the St. Paul Camber Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony and the China Philharmonic among many others. She has released four solo CD's with Koch Entertainment label including Oblivion, Kinship, World To Come and Almost Human.

Born to a French mother and Argentinean father, Maya was raised on a kibbutz in Israel. She is a graduate of Yale University, where she studied under Aldo Parisot, Uzi Weizel, Alexander Schneider and Isaac Stern. Maya was the founding cellist of the new music ensemble, the Bang on A Can All-Stars, a group of artists whose aim is to “give the most persuasive and exciting performances of the most genre-defying music in the world.”

Limited reserve seating is available for the performance. Tickets are $25 general public, $20 AAM and TMA members and $15 students with valid identification. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 330.376.9185 or visit

The FUZE! series is a partnership between Tuesday Musical Association and the Akron Art Museum. This project is made possible through the generosity of The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the John A. McAlonan Fund of Akron Community Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, with additional support from Thomas West and County of Summit Regional Arts & Culture District Board.

Final FUZE! Concert: SŌ Percussion performs Thursday, April 30, 2009, 6:30 pm

Museum Information
Address: One South High, Akron, OH 44308
Tel: 330.376.9185
Fax: 330.376.1180
Gallery and Store Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday
Café Hours: Temporarily closed
Library Hours: Wednesday, Friday: 11 am – 4 pm, Thursday: By Appointment Only
Admission: Adult general admission is $7, Student and Senior (65+) general admission is $5, Children (12 and under) are FREE, members are FREE. On the first Sunday of every month, individual admissions to the collection are FREE. Special exhibitions may require paid admission. No tours available on these days.


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