The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918 under the direction of Russian-American conductor Nikolai Sokoloff. Long considered one of America’s great orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra stands today among the world’s most-revered symphonic ensembles. In January 2000, Music Director Christoph von Dohnányi led a series of concerts reopening Severance Hall, the Orchestra’s home, following a $36-million renovation and restoration project.
Leonard Norman Cohen (1934-2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and romantic relationships. Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.
Tomislav Dimov (1963-2018) was a Doctor of Musical Arts. His last professional appointment was Coordinator of String Department, Lecturer of Violin, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia
Violin Performance solo, ensemble, and orchestra
Violin instruction of individuals or master classes
Stephan Kirchgraber, bass opera singer
A 1998 recipient of the Robert M. Lauch Memorial Grant presented by the Wagner Society of New York, Kirchgraber is known for his critically acclaimed performances in La Traviata, La Boheme, The Woodlanders, Eugene Onegin, La Gioconda, Les Contes D'Hoffman, Joruri, and others. He performs with leading opera houses in the United States and Europe.
Leonard Albert Kravitz is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. His 'retro style' incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads. He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category as well as setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male artist.
John Scott Sherrill, award-winning country music songwriter
John Scott Sherrill is an American songwriter whose work is primarily in the field of country music. He has written songs for such artists as John Anderson, Brooks & Dunn, Jimmy Buffett (Steamer), Johnny Lee, George Strait, Steve Wariner, Patty Loveless, Josh Turner, Waylon Jennings, Alison Krauss, Peter Wolf, Mick Jagger, Michael McDonald and Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. He is the son of Christian writers John and Elizabeth Sherrill. In the 1980s, Sherrill recorded with Bob DiPiero and Dennis Robbins as the band Billy Hill.
Milcho Manchevski, film director
Best known for his 1995 Oscar-nominated BEFORE THE RAIN (1994), Manchevski also directed DUST (2001), SHADOWS (2007), MOTHERS (2011) and BIKINI MOON (2018). All of his films have won international awards (a total of over 40), including the Golden Lion in Venice. They have been screened at more than 200 festivals (including Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Moscow, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Warsaw ...), and have been distributed in close to 50 countries (theatrically, TV, cable and video). His BEFORE THE RAIN is on The New York Times' list of '1,000 Best Films Ever Made.' Manchevski also wrote and directed about 50 short forms, including TENNESSEE for Arrested Development (1991, best MTV video), the MACEDONIA TIMELESS campaign (2010) and THURSDAY (2013). He has also been a director on HBO's THE WIRE.
Since 1939 Pittsburgh Opera has been committed to being an active participant in the cultural life of its community and dedicated to bringing operatic excellence to the Western Pennsylvania region. Benedum Center for Performing Arts is the Opera's permanent home. Mark J. Weinstein is its General Director, while Christopher Hahn steped in as the new Artistic Director, following Tito Capobianco's retirement departure.
With their jazzy, upbeat jam style and catchy harmonies, SOZE was identifiable as one of the unique-sounding bands from the Northeast United States. Unfortunately, the band is currently not performing, but their music is available online. Their distinctive acoustic guitar sound combined with jazz drumming and funk bass was a welcome sound wherever people wanted to dance or just have a good time -- and always provides for a pleasurable listening experience.