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The Akron Art Museum and Tuesday Musical Association to Present FUZE!

For Release: January 2009

Akron, Ohio, January 15, 2009 — Beginning this month, concert-goers can expect a bold new concert series at the Akron Art Museum. Tuesday Musical Association and the Akron Art Museum are proud to present FUZE!, a series of cutting-edge performances by classically trained musicians who are fusing together the standard repertoire with works by contemporary composers.

“Organizers from the museum and Tuesday Musical christened the series FUZE! not only because it represents the collaborative efforts of two major Akron arts organizations, but also because it represents the fusion of disciplines that include music, art and multimedia,” said Mitchell Kahan, director and CEO of the museum.

A program for the culturally adventurous, this three-concert event will take place in the museum’s intimate 160-seat Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, adding an up-close and personal feel to each performance. Concerts will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

“Patrons attending FUZE! concerts can confidently anticipate exciting performances by musicians who test new musical frontiers,” said Barbara Feld, Tuesday Musical Association director. “While there is no dearth of wonderful music in Akron, the FUZE! series will offer an alternative sound in a small, intimate setting. It’s really very, very exciting.”

The series opens Friday, January 30, 2009 with New York City’s ETHEL, a string quartet fueled by fiery passion and contemporary vision, considered by many to be the natural successor to the eclectic Kronos Quartet. These Juilliard School of Music alumni have been fusing classical, jazz, rock, blues and experimental genres together for eight years. They’ve performed and recorded with some of today’s most exciting ensembles including Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project as well as the New York Chamber Symphony.

Thursday, March 5, 2009, cellist Maya Beiser adds Akron to the worldwide list of places where she’s captivated audiences with her virtuosic quest to redefine her instrument’s boundaries. A featured performer at the Sydney Opera House, New York City's Lincoln Center, and the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan, Maya has created new repertoire for the cello during the last decade, commissioning and performing many works written for her by composers like Tan Dun, Brian Eno and Philip Glass.

The series wraps up on Thursday, April 30, 2009 with SŌ Percussion, four musicians, some with Akron ties, who came together at the Yale School of Music. Realizing that percussion instruments can communicate all extremes of emotion and musical possibility, the members of the ensemble create music that is at turns raucous and touching, barbarous and heartfelt. In addition to drums, the group has experimented with a wide range of percussion sounds that result in idiosyncratic tone explorations. Performances throughout the world and at the Lincoln Center Festival and Carnegie Hall have brought them international acclaim.

Following each concert, a special cocktail reception will be held in the museum’s Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, where audience members will have the opportunity to interact with the musicians.

In addition to their respective musical performances at the museum, each of the three ensembles has committed to education outreach while they are in Akron. All will work with area middle, high school and university students.

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

FUZE! is made possible by sponsorship from 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. Media sponsorship is provided by 89.7 WKSU.


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