Three of Cleveland’s top musicians will perform for the first time at Electric Earth. The husband-wife duo of Daniel Gilbert and Donna Lee, with cellist Keith Robinson will play music ranging from Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms to a trio by the film composer Nino Rota, who is perhaps best known for his music to “The Godfather.” Jonathan Bagg will also perform Mr. Gilbert in a duo by Rebecca Clarke.
Pianist Donna Lee made her solo debut in 1990 with the National Symphony Orchestra. She has since appeared as a soloist and collaborative artist at the Kennedy Center’s in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. She has performed in Asia, Europe and throughout the US, with recent performances in Hong Kong, Beijing, China and Puerto Rico.
Clarinetist Daniel Gilbert joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as Associate Professor of Clarinet in 2007. Previously, he held the position of Second Clarinet in the Cleveland Orchestra from 1995 to 2007. A native of New York City, Mr. Gilbert attended Yale University and The Juilliard School. An active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Gilbert has appeared with orchestras that include the Cleveland Orchestra, Classical Tahoe orchestra, City Music Cleveland, Solisti New York and the Aspen Mozart Orchestra.
Cellist Keith Robinson is a founding member of the Miami String Quartet and is an active chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist. His solo appearances with orchestras include the New World Symphony, The American Sinfonietta, and the Miami Chamber Symphony. One of the nation’s premier string quartets, he Miami Quartet won First Prize of the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition and the Grand Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
The May 26 program at Electric Earth Concerts is:
Beethoven: variations from the Magic Flute in E Flat
Mendelssohn: song without words in D Major opus 109
Nino Rota: Trio for clarinet, cello, and piano
Rebecca Clarke: Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale for clarinet and viola
Brahms: Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, Op. 114