Cleveland Contemporary Players
Founded by Professor Andrew Rindfleisch, the Cleveland Contemporary Players is an organization designed to bridge the widening gap between the professional and educational musical environments. Exploring the most vital issues relevant to contemporary music and culture, the CCP champions the living creative artist and seeks to combine the highest standard of professional performance within the environment of one of the most unique Music Composition degree programs in the country.
A vital component to the Music Composition curriculum at Cleveland State, the Cleveland Contemporary Players bring into residence the most renowned visiting artists in contemporary music; Pulitzer Prize-winning composers, world-renowned soloists, and virtuoso ensembles. Here, these remarkable guest artists, while presenting free concerts to the public, also interact with students in a number of vital ways. Through the CCP, student composers receive the unprecedented opportunity to hear their own compositions performed and recorded by resident guest artists multiple times each academic year. Unlike other colleges and conservatories, the CCP sets strict deadlines and sends the music of CSU students to the performers months in advance. Visiting artists are then contracted to prepare the music before they arrive. These opportunities are not “reading sessions”, but thoughtful, prepared performances by international figures in the field of contemporary music. Student composers also participate in workshops and master-classes, attend lectures, and even receive private lessons from important visiting composers.
Jazz Heritage Orchestra
The Jazz Heritage Orchestra is a professional 17-piece not-for-profit performance/education aggregation which is officially in residence in the Cleveland State University Black Studies Program. The orchestra is composed of outstanding jazz performers who are also highly competent music educators.
Through the auspices of the Cleveland State University Black Studies Program, the Jazz Heritage Orchestra is available for concerts, educational seminars, clinics, master classes, and workshops throughout the United States of America and around the world.
The Center for Arts and Innovation sponsors The Kulas Series of Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel, now in its 27th season at Cleveland State University. One of our city's musical treasures, Keyboard Conversations is a unique concert-plus-commentary in which Mr. Siegel speaks to the audience about the music prior to performing each work in its entirety. Mr. Siegel presents an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. American pianist Jeffrey Siegel enjoys a flourishing career and has performed with every major American orchestra as well as in the leading music capitals of the world. This series of Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel is the only presentation of its kind in the state of Ohio.