Stage notes: Apollo’s Fire in Akron; benefit for arts school; Cedar Lake Ballet in Cleveland

By Kerry Clawson
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet dancers perform Indigo Rose, one of the pieces that will be on the program at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland Jan. 25-26, presented by BalletCleveland.

Temperatures have become milder but guests are still invited to “Drive the Cold Winter Away” in a program of ballads from Old England by Apollo’s Fire, beginning Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Akron.

The program, to be held at 7:30 p.m. at 263 E. Mill St., will feature Grammy Award-winning lutenist Ronn McFarlane and soprano Meredith Hall. They will perform haunting laments of John Dowland and Henry Purcell, contrasting with hilarious ballads.

Apollo’s Fire promises a cozy evening, followed by “fireside” chats with the musicians afterward over hot cider and coffee. The concert runs 90 minutes, and will be repeated Jan. 23-24 at Rockefeller’s Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Jan. 25 in Cleveland Heights and Rocky River Presbyterian Church in Rocky River on Jan. 26.

Tickets cost $21. Students may attend the Akron performance for free, thanks to the GAR Foundation. For more information, call 216-320-0012 or see www.apollosfire.org.

McFarlane will give a talk one hour before each concert, sponsored by Friends of Apollo’s Fire.

Celebration of the Arts

Supporters of the Akron School for the Arts, the Akron Public Schools visual and performing arts program housed at Firestone High School, are invited to the fourth annual “A Celebration of the Arts” at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Akron Civic Theatre. The event, hosted by Friends of the Akron School for the Arts, will include heavy hors d’oeuvres by chef Jeffrey Winer, desserts, cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and performances and displays by students.

Billy Soule will emcee the event. Friends Board President George Bozeka said the fundraiser comes at an exciting time, as the Akron School for the Arts looks forward to having a separate wing when the new Firestone/Litchfield Community Learning Center opens in 2015/2016.

Proceeds provide scholarships for arts graduates, support visiting artists and master classes, and help purchase classroom equipment. Cost for the event is $50, $80 for couples. To RSVP, send checks, payable to Friends of the Akron School for the Arts, to Friends of the Akron School for the Arts c/o Sally Childs, 861 Hampton Ridge Drive, Akron, OH 44313. Call 330-865-6975 for more information.

Ballet in Cleveland

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet will make its Cleveland debut Jan. 25-26 with two performances at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse­Square. The hot New York City-based company, which was founded 10 years ago, will perform Indigo Rose by Jiri Kylian, Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue by Canadian Crystal Pite and Horizons by Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis. The performances will be presented by DANCECleveland.

Shows will be at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. Jan. 26. The evening show will contain partial nudity but the matinee will not. Tickets start at $20. Call 216-241-6000 or see www.dancecleveland.org.

Free pre-performance talks will be given at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 25 and 2:15 p.m. Jan. 26. Moderated question-and-answer sessions with the company also will follow each show.

Local dancers interested in master classes with company members may email sarah@dancecleveland.org or call 216-991-9000. There’s a teen contemporary ballet master class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at PlayhouseSquare, and a contemporary pre-professional/professional class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Cleveland State University’s Middough Building. Company member Billy Bell of So You Think You Can Dance TV fame will lead the teen class.

Arts writer Kerry Clawson may be reached at 330-996-3527 or kclawson@thebeaconjournal.com.


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