|At a Glance||October 24, 2002|
Music prof honored
By Brandy Mangen
Cleveland State University Professor of Music Composition Andrew Rindfleisch is one of the winners of the 2002 Cleveland Arts Prize for his musical compositions.
Rindfleisch’s compositions have enjoyed almost 200 professional performances around the world, and awarded 35 national and international prizes, making him one of the most decorated (and sought-after) composers in the United States and a leading composer of his generation.
Rindfleisch said he has had many influences, but Bach is one of the strongest. About his solo piano piece “Reverie,” which he played at the awards ceremony on Oct. 15 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, he said, “it is a kind of piece which invokes the memory of my childhood and my infatuation of Bach.”
He has also made a contribution to Cleveland’s cultural life by founding New Music Associates, a concert series that presents programs of contemporary music in CSU’s Drinko Recital Hall several times a year. He leads the ensembles himself. Rind-fleisch is also the associate conductor and director of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and in 2004 will become the ensemble’s music director.
Each year the Cleveland Arts Prize Committee, a volunteer group of arts supporters, honors a composer, a visual artist, a writer, a choreographer, and an architect who have created an original work, or body of work, that has been constructed, exhibited, performed, or published locally and nationally, and through its consistent quality has brou-ght distinction to the Greater Cleveland region.
The arts prize consists of a medal, a $1,000 stipend, and a certificate signed by the mayor of Cleveland.
Since 1961, more than 125 artists have received prizes for outstanding achievement in architecture, dance, literature, music, and visual arts.
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