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Arts - Calendar of Events

Spring 2023

January

Now – Saturday, March 25
CSU Arts Campus, Galleries at CSU
Beyond Borders, The Art of Siona Benjamin
Samantha Baskind, Distinguished Professor of Art History, curator

Thursday, January 26 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
CSU Arts Campus, Galleries at CSU
Beyond Borders Opening Reception
Join us for wine and hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate the opening of Beyond Borders. 

Sunday, January 29 at 6:00 pm  
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall  
CSU Student Composer Workshop with the Cleveland Chamber Choir
Scott MacPherson will workshop and record SATB unaccompanied choral works by six CSU Student Composers.  

February

Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 pm
Off-Campus
Cleveland State University Jazz Faculty Trio@ BOP STOP*
Cleveland State University's Faculty Jazz Trio performs live at the BOP STOP. The band features Dan Bruce on guitar, Chris Vance on bass, and Bill Ransom on drums. Special guests, including John Perrine on saxophone and other CSU faculty, will join the trio.
Tune in to BOP STOP's Facebook page (@bopstop). 
*Tickets to attend this show in person are $15 each. 

Thursday, February 2 at 8:00 pm 
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall  
No Exit and Zeitgeist: Here and There 2023 in Cleveland 
No Exit teams up with St. Paul-based ensemble Zeitgeist for world premiere works by Philip Blackburn, Daniel Jiménez Rojas and Jonathan Posthuma.   

Thursday, February 9 – Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 pm
Location TBA
The 2023 NEOMFA Playwrights Festival*
Eva Nel Brettrager, Emileo Fernandez & Cory Molner; directors
For the eleventh season in a row, convergence-continuum has the pleasure of hosting the NEOMFA Playwrights festival.
This year we will be presenting three new works by the program’s MFA candidates:

  • Week 1 features the following one-act shows: Home Movie by Eric Mansfield & We Call it Family by Laura Barbieri
  • Week 2 features the following full-length show: Scenes From a Night’s Dream by David Hansen.

*Tickets: $20

Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
CSU Undergraduate Composition Studio Recital
Andrew Rindfleisch, director

Friday, February 17 at 7:30 pm
Online via Zoom
NEOMFA Reading Series: Usman Malik with Christopher Barzak
Join NEOMFA for an online reading and Q&A with Usman T. Malik. Moderated by NEOMFA faculty member Christopher Barzak.
For more information, please visit neomfa.org

Sunday, February 19 at 5:00 pm
Online via Zoom
Publishing First Books: Prose
CSU Poetry Center hosts Writers at Work with writers Joseph Earl Thomas and Laura Maylene Walter for a Q&A.

Thursday, February 23 – Sunday, March 5
CSU Arts Campus, Outcalt Theatre at Playhouse Square
The Skin of Our Teeth*
Toby Vera Bercovici, director
Written by Thornton Wilder
Click here to buy tickets.

Friday, February 24 at 6:30 pm 
CSU Arts Campus, The Galleries at CSU
CSU Poetry Center Lighthouse Reading Series
Join us for a reading with Shelley Feller and Noor Hindi.

Saturday, February 25 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building
Double Reed Day at CSU School of Music
Clinicians: Stefanie Cohn, Oboe (CSU Music Faculty); Arleigh Savage, bassoon (CSU Music Faculty)
For more information, please contact the School of Music at music@csuohio.edu.

Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 pm
Off-Campus, The Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
Cleveland State University Pop/Rock Ensemble*
Four groups - Original music, new rock n roll, blues/neo-soul mashups
*Click here to purchase tickets. 

March

Thursday, March 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
CSU Arts Campus, Galleries at CSU
Thursday Night Art Talk
Meet the artist Siona Benjamin

Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Wind Ensemble
Birch Browning, conductor
Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II - Guest Ensemble
Michael Komperda, conductor
Tim Reynish, guest conductor
Matthew Marsit, guest soloist, clarinet

Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
Cleveland State University Symphony Orchestra
Victor Liva, conductor
Gabriel Ramos, cellist (Winner of the Daniel Rains Concerto Competition – Graduate Category)

Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
Cleveland Philharmonic*
Victor Liva, conductor
Shuai Wang, guest performer, piano
*Click here to purchase tickets.

Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
The Cleveland Winds
Birch Browning, conductor
Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony I - Guest Ensemble
Darren Allen and Daniel Crain, conductors
Tim Reynish and Matthew Marsit, guest conductors 

Monday, March 6 at 4:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
CSU Student Composer Workshop with the renowned Cavani String Quartet

Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
CSU Jazz Combos
Joe Miller and Alfredo Guerrieri, directors
A jazz-filled evening featuring the CSU Jazz Combos! The bands will perform original arrangements as well as jazz standards.

Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
CSU Chorale and Chorus
Brian Bailey, conductor

Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 12
CSU Arts Campus, Allen Theatre Mainstage at Playhouse Square
CSU Spring Dance Concert 2023*
The concert will include works by CSU dance faculty, featuring performances by the CSU Dance Company, Dance Group, and special guests.  

Friday, March 31 at 8:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
Cleveland Contemporary Players Artist in Residence Series
No Exit
The No Exit New Music Ensemble presents an evening of recent works and world premieres.

April

Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
CSU Student Composer Workshop with the Boston-based duo Transient Canvas

Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
Cleveland Contemporary Players Artist in Residence Series
Boston-Based Duo – Transient Canvas - Turn Your Hand
Cleveland State University presents Transient Canvas: Turn Your Hand. This program examines artistic resiliency in difficult times and features music written for Transient Canvas by Brittany J. Green, Sid Richardson, Yaz Lancaster, Yi-Ting Lu, and Mikhail Johnson.

Tuesday, April 18 – Saturday, May 27
CSU Arts Campus, The Galleries at CSU
51st Annual Student Art Show and Merit Scholar Exhibition

Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Chorale and Chorus
Brian Bailey, conductor
Eastlake North High School, Guest Ensembles
Devra Levine, conductor

Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 30
CSU Arts Campus, The Helen Theatre at Playhouse Square
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark*
Sheffia Randall-Nickerson, directors
Written by Lynn Nottage
Click here to buy tickets.

Thursday, April 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
CSU Arts Campus, The Galleries at CSU
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
51st Annual Student Art Show and Merit Scholar Exhibition

Friday, April 21 at 7:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
Vocal Theater Workshop
Nick Klein, director

Sunday, April 23 at 7:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
Cleveland Philharmonic*
Victor Liva, conductor
*Click here to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Wind Ensemble
Birch Browning, conductor
Notre Dame College Wind Ensemble
Michael Krueger, conductor

Friday, April 28 at 7:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Symphony Orchestra
Victor Liva, conductor
Ephrem King, tuba (Winner of the Daniel Rains Concerto Competition – Undergraduate Category)

Sunday, April 30 at 6:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
CSU Student Composer Workshop with the violinist Cara Tweed
Andrew Rindfleisch, director

May

Tuesday, May 2 from 7:00 ­– 8:00 pm
Virtual Event
Cleveland State University Jazz Combo Showcase Livestream @ BOP STOP
Joe Miller and Alfredo Guerrieri, directors
Tune in to BOP STOP's Facebook page (@bopstop) at 7:00 pm for a jazz-filled evening featuring the CSU Jazz Combos! The bands will perform original arrangements as well as jazz standards.

Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 pm
Off-Campus, St. Peter Catholic Church, E. 17 and Superior, Cleveland
CSU Chorale and Chorus
Brian Bailey, conductor


Events are subject to change without notice;
please read above for the most up-to-date information.

*There is a cost to these events.*