State of the Arts

Northeast Ohio is home to world class and innovative arts and cultural organizations, as well as acting as a landing space for national and international touring shows and artists. WKSU News reports on what's happening on stages, galleries and other spaces in the region.

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Contemporary Youth Orchestra
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Technology has been changing the music world at an allegro pace. In Cleveland, a group of young musicians stays on tempo by exploring new avenues of expression and new ways to be heard.

In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports that includes orchestral music for video games. 

Even if you’ve never touched a joystick you’ve probably heard some video game tunes.

But music for the games we play has come a long way since Nintendo put the Mario Brothers to work back in 1983. Just ask Sean Beeson, lead composer for Neoglyphic Entertainment.

blue collar crucifix
VIVIAN GOODMAN / WKSU

A ceramic art show at the Canton Museum of Art evokes bitter memories of shuttered plants and lost jobs.

It also celebrates the courage of those who lived through the decline of manufacturing throughout the Midwest.

“Blue Collar” is the work of two sculptors who grew up in a small Indiana factory town.  

Kelly Phelps chairs the art department at Xavier University in Cincinnati, and Kyle Phelps is on the arts faculty at the University of Dayton.

They are identical twins.

Jessica Pinsky
VIVIAN GOODMAN / WKSU

When the Cleveland Institute of Art moved last summer to the $75 million complex on Euclid Avenue it had been building for six  years, it had to make hard choices, like downsizing its fiber program.

There was no place to put the equipment, including 17 floor looms.

But adjunct professor Jessica Pinsky had an idea that jived with the institute’s philosophy of field-based  experiential learning.

“I proposed that we keep this incredible equipment together and we open a non-profit arts association 

somewhere else in Cleveland.” 

Jack Schantz
SUSAN BESTUL / CLEVELAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA

The drum roll leading up to Christmas will have a jazzy beat this weekend. Traditional Christmas classics will get a hip twist from the region’s jazz musicians and visitors, too. 

As WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports, those well-known tunes provide an easy introduction to what some consider a difficult art form.

  The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s Jack Schantz is glad Christmas time is here, for musical reasons. The trumpeter and flugelhornist looks forward to performances at this time of year with band leader, Paul Ferguson.

Theater-goers in Cleveland have an opportunity this weekend to see a familiar story presented in a different way. 

The production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Masonic Auditorium is an opera.

It’s rarely been heard anywhere, and WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports this will be the first time ever in Cleveland.

It’s a fully-staged opera in 3 acts with full orchestra. As rehearsal begins the stage crew works on a multi-level set crammed with furniture. There’s scaffolding, backdrops, giant video projections, multiple costume changes.

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