Erica Snowden-Rodriguez, principal cellist of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, will present a talk entitled “Music without Barriers,” Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m., at BLU Jazz+, located 47 East Market St.
The talk will reflect on Erica’s involvement with the Sphinx Organization, which is dedicated to transforming lives through the diversity in the arts. They will also explore how their experience as a queer Latinx-America woman has shaped their life. The vision of the future of classical music involves empowering communities on the margins of society.
Tickets to the luncheon are $30 per person and reservations must be received by Nov. 5. Those interested in attending the Nov. 16 performance of “Verdi and Valkyries” may purchase a combo ticket for $60 to attend the luncheon and the concert (best seat available) for one price.
For info, call (330) 535-8131 or visit akronsymphony.org
Since moving to Ohio in 2005, Erica has been a performer and a teacher in the region of Northeast Ohio. In addition to the Akron Symphony Orchestra, they are a principal cellist of the Erie Philharmonic. They also were the former principal cellist of the Canton Symphony and they performed in a variety of chamber music and recital settings within the community and abroad.
Erica has toured nationally with Sphinx Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra comprising the nation’s top Latinx and African-American string players. They have appeared as a performer and lecturer at many of Cleveland’s cultural and medical centers. Some are the Cleveland Museum of Art, Mixon Hall, the Cleveland Clinic, Drinko Hall, 78th Street Studios and Severance Hall.
In addition to an active performance career, they are also a music educator and have served on the faculty at The University of Akron School of Music from 2013-14. They also served at the Cleveland State University Department of Music from 2014-16. Erica currently teaches private lessons from home to students of all ages.