Escher also serves as artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and recently performed at Wigmore Hall in London and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris. Through this multi-year residency, Tuesday Musical will take Escher throughout Northeast Ohio for performances as well as education and community engagement programs.
“Tuesday Musical is respected nationally as an outstanding presenting organization, and this residency elevates us to new levels,” said Jarrod Hartzler, executive and artistic director of Tuesday Musical. “This powerful collaboration will enhance artistic excellence and opportunities for our region.”
The residency activities include performances by Escher in Tuesday Musical’s main stage concert seasons as well as programs at The University of Akron School of Music, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and other educational and community venues. This week, the Escher musicians are guests of the Cleveland International Piano Competition as the finalists perform piano quintets with them.
“Ohio, in particular Akron, has been our home away from New York this season for our quartet,” said Escher violist Pierre Lapointe. “We gave three full concerts and had many activities in the Buckeye State and are looking forward to more with the upcoming Cleveland International Piano Competition and Tuesday Musical.”
As a preview of its long-term Tuesday Musical residency, the Escher musicians spent three days this May in Holmes County working with more than 1,300 elementary and high school students in communities where string programs are non-existent and band and choral opportunities rarely start before middle school. The finale of the Holmes County visit was a free concert for more than 200 students and adults at a community center in Millersburg.
On Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday Musical will inaugurate Escher at its Quartet-in-Residence during a “Summer Soirée” at the Byron R. Barder House on West Market Street. Hosted by Braun & Steidl Architects, the event will feature a performance by Escher as well as refreshments and tours of the Barder House, built in 1919 and now fully restored as the offices of the architectural firm and Tuesday Musical.
On the National Register of Historic Places and featuring Akron’s most elaborate private ballroom, the Barder House is perhaps the finest of only six remaining residential commissions by Harpster & Bliss, the firm that also designed O.C. Barber’s mansion and Akron’s Masonic Temple and Armory.
The cost is $45. Space is limited and advance registration is required by contacting (330) 761-3460 or [email protected].