When you think about attending a performance, where do you picture yourself? Whether it’s in a giant stadium or an intimate concert venue, the arrangement is generally the same—entertainers onstage, visibly separated from attendees, seated or standing in the designated audience section. This setup acts as a disclaimer: spectacle happens here.
But what happens when we take the art out of these established platforms? Urban Troubadour, a chamber music series that connects audiences to a more vibrant cultural life in Akron’s commercial center, seeks to answer that question. This collective of Northeast Ohio’s finest musicians inhabits unusual spaces, creating roving musical adventures in galleries, restaurants, offices and lofts, theaters, wine bars, and bakeries, turning concerts into happenings.
Hosting these events in everyday spaces allows us to begin to see art everywhere—the possibilities of every empty corner or blank wall. It is an invitation to consider the history of the place and its connection to the performance itself. It is an opportunity to explore the city you live in, a reminder every time you patronize that business of the unexpected music you heard there.
Urban Troubadour creates artistic and social synergy while enhancing the musical life of our region and highlighting local hidden gems.
The next Urban Troubadour performance is Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m., featuring music by Debussy and Roussel at Akrona Galleries, followed by a trolley ride for a 5 p.m. wine-tasting at Beside the Point at West Point Market. The performance will feature Jane Berkner on flute, Jody Guinn on harp, Michael Strauss on viola and Miles Richardson on cello.
And on Tuesday, April 24, the experience will begin in downtown Akron with a 6 p.m. pre-concert wine and small bites at Uncorked Wine Bar, followed by a 7:30 p.m. concert in the United Building for a sneak peek at downtown’s soon-to-be Blutique Hotel, along with a 9 p.m. after-concert with piano and jazz vocals at Chill Ice Cream parlor. Featured musicians include Jane Berkner on flute, Stephen Aron on guitar, Michael Strauss on viola and Ann Gilbert on double bass.
Tickets are $50 each, and include food, beverages, trolley, ice cream, and music in
various settings throughout Akron. Visit www.urbantroubadour.org to learn more.