The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 26, 2013

Strike up the orchestra in Ashtabula

Cleveland musicians to play at St. Peter’s


Star Beacon

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.

Marc Damoulakis, born in Massachusetts, is a member of the percussion section of the Cleveland Orchestra and faculty member at DePaul University. Prior to joining the orchestra in 2006, Damoulakis performed with the New York Philharmonic for three seasons, also accompanying them on their national and international tours. He has held tenure positions as principal timpanist of the Long Island Philharmonic and assistant principal percussion of the Harrisburg Symphony. Marc has also played with the Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kirov Orchestra and was a member of the New World Symphony.

Timothy Kalil, pianist, performs in many styles: classical, jazz, gospel and world music. His degrees include a doctorate and master of arts in ethnomusicology from Kent State University and a master of music in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is a highly published author in American music. Formerly on the piano faculty at the University of Kansas, Kalil is a concert pianist, presenter of concerts, and guest lecturer in jazz at Lakeland Community College.

The concert is dedicated to the late Irving Goodman, one of the original concert board members.

The series depends on donations. Those interested can make checks payable to the "St. Peter's Fine Arts Series" and send your tax-deductible contribution to the Church at PO Box 357, Ashtabula 44005-0357. Security is on the grounds and ramps are in front and at the north side of the church for the handicapped.