Here at Ohio Authority, we haven’t yet been able to boil the best of the best in Northeast Ohio down to four syllables, or 20 PowerPoint slides in 400 seconds. Nonetheless, this week we point you to three area events that dispense with the formalities and get very much to the point. First, the voices of area youth take Jonathan Larson’s grave, controversial message to a local stage. Across town at Severance Hall, a group of teens performs concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra. Still not inspired? Consider the global-to-local phenomenon known as PehchaKucha. The future of the region depends on youth and creativity, and you’ll find that (and more) in this week’s Fresh Start.
Seasons of Love
How do you measure the life of a woman or a man? Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical attempted to answer the question and tapped a cultural zeitgeist in the process, one Larson never lived to fully realize. Loosely based on Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT has connected with younger audiences because of an explicit connection to that generation’s struggles. Pair that with the always-present passion found in Cleveland’s Near West Theatre troupe and their RENT School Edition is bound to astound you. The youth company’s run continues Thursday-Sunday, July 29-31, and ends the following weekend. For tickets and showtimes, click here.
Three Finalists in Concert
The future of orchestral music may be discovered on the Severance Hall stage this Friday, July 30, when the lauded Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Cleveland Orchestra pair up for the finals of an international music performance competition. The Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition has placed musicians ages 13-18 in competition leading up to this “Finals Night”, a concluding concerto round, where the top three finalists will perform a full concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra. To the victors go the spoils (e.g. cash prizes, international concert engagements), but we think a performance opportunity like this one is at Severance is a prize all onto itself.
Friday night also features the latest installment of PechaKucha Night, a cultural arts event that has expanded to more than 300 cities worldwide since its founding in 2003 by Klein-Dytham Architecture luminaries Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo. On Friday, July 30, Cleveland’s latest edition of “Speed Geeking” (also called “speed dating for creatives”) will open at the courtyard of the Hoyt Block at 700 West St. Clair Ave. PechaKucha means “the sound of conversation” in Japanese; each participant has a very limited window of opportunity (6 minutes, 40 seconds, 20 PowerPoint slides) to talk arts and culture, design and innovation. Best part? It’s free. In case of rain, the Docks off of Johnson Court will serve as the venue.