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WEEKENDER / Entertainment

April 26, 2013

Strike up the orchestra in Ashtabula

Cleveland musicians to play at St. Peter’s

ASHTABULA —  The St. Peter's Fine Arts Concert Series' “Great Music Without Barriers” will present an ensemble of Cleveland Orchestra members at a May 19 concert.

Performers include Richard Weiss, cello; Joela Jones, piano; Maximilian Dimoff, bass; and Marc Damoulakis, drum set, with guest pianist Timothy Kalil of Ashtabula.

The 2 p.m. concert features works by deFalla, Granados, Brahms and Bolling's “Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio.” The concert is free and is followed by a meet the artists reception. The recital is sponsored by the Fine Arts concert committee of the church.

Richard Weiss is first assistant principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra. While still in his senior year at the Eastman School, he was appointed to TCO, and has appeared as concerto soloist many times. He performs with TCO Piano Trio. He teaches at both the Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent/Blossom Music, which he attended as a student. He performs at several music festivals including Aspen, Pensacola and Reno. Along with TCO colleagues Joela Jones, Max Dimoff and Don Miller, he recorded Claude Bolling's Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio.

Joela Jones is principal keyboardist of The Cleveland Orchestra, where she plays piano, harpsichord, organ, celesta and accordion. A frequent soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra in a wide repertoire, ranging from Bach to Bernstein, Jones has also performed with other orchestras such as Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. She has made piano solo recordings with The Cleveland Orchestra and conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi and Pierre Boulez. Jones teaches advanced orchestral keyboard technique at the Cleveland Institute of Music and chairs the collaborative piano department at Kent/Blossom Music.

Maximilian Dimoff was appointed principal double bassist of The Cleveland Orchestra 1997. He has appeared as soloist with the orchestra at Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center, as well as on tour at Carnegie Hall and in Europe. Dimoff heads the double bass department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is also a coach and teacher with the New World Symphony in Miami. He performs on a double bass dating from 1651 by the Italian maker Antonio Mariani.

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