CityMusic Cleveland

CityMusic Cleveland


CityMusic Cleveland is a professional chamber orchestra whose concerts are "magical" ... "blissful" ... "an electrifying meeting of music and musicians." The players exude joy as they share their glorious music with audiences of all ages and experience, led by the exuberant James Gaffigan.


CityMusic Cleveland is a professional chamber orchestra, founded in 2004 to develop audiences and build communities through the arts. The high quality of CityMusic concerts has been acclaimed by critics, with reviews describing the performances as “magical” ... “blissful” ... “an electrifying meeting of music and musicians.” Popular response has been equally enthusiastic, requiring the orchestra to find ever larger venues to accommodate their audiences.

CityMusic Cleveland holds the conviction that musicians and artists play an important role in creating and transforming communities. Studies by the Urban Institute show that involving the arts in community development can improve neighborhood pride, stewardship of place, economic development, transmission of cultural values and history, public safety, and bridge cultural/ethnic/racial boundaries.

In July 2005, James Gaffigan was appointed as Music Director of CityMusic Cleveland. He won the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Prize at the age of 25 and served for three years as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. He is currently Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, under Michael Tilson Thomas.

CityMusic Cleveland has 29-33 members, plus soloists and conductor. The musicians are all highly-trained artists, whose resumes include the most prestigious festivals, competitions and awards.

Guest Soloist
Joshua Roman

Cellist Joshua Roman began playing at the age of three. Since his first solo recital at the age of ten, he has performed a vast number of concerts and solo recitals – receiving acclaim for his strong command and embracement of a wildly varied repertoire. He has taken his sterling artistry, intelligent musicality and masterful technique to many cities in the United States and abroad. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Wyoming Symphony. Joshua also regularly performs in venues such as clubs in the Seattle area and other cities, where the repertoire is as likely to be collaboration with a rock group or singer as it is to be a performance of a solo sonata by Zoltan Kodaly or J.S. Bach. Since winning the Principal chair in the cello section of the Seattle Symphony at the age of 22, he has become a favorite of Seattle music lovers, with sold out solo and chamber performances around the city. Joshua has worked with many composers, and has had a wealth of new music written expressly for him. Among the classical composers he has worked with are Samuel Adler, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Syd Hodkinson. He has premiered music including concertos, sonatas, solo pieces and some of his own works as well. Along with his rapidly growing solo career, Joshua is a frequent chamber music performer and has played with such musicians as Sergei Babayan, Earl Carlyss, Franklin Cohen, Desmond Hoebig, Paul Kantor, William Preucil, Lynn Ramsey, Marta Garcia Renart, Ann Schein, Joaquin Valdepenas, Virginia Weckstrom, and Christopher Zacharias.
Joshua received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance in 2004 from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Richard Aaron. In 2005 he also received his Masters at CIM with Desmond Hoebig, Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Previous teachers include Lacy McLarry, Peter Spurbeck, and Gregory Sauer.
Joshua has also won top prizes in many competitions, including the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competitions, Cleveland Cello Society and National Federation of Music Clubs. Joshua frequently performs on cellos from the collection of David Fulton.

"The extensive cello solos in the Andante movement were played with heart-stopping beauty by new principal cellist Joshua Roman, whose big, succulent tone and impassioned style perfectly suited the music. What an asset to the orchestra he is."
Seattle Times February 2, 2007


CityMusic Cleveland LIVE (10/2007)
James Gaffigan, Music Director
-Danses concertantes
Igor Stravinsky
-Concerto for Violn and Chamber Orchestra*
Margaret Brower
-Symphony #39 in E-flat, k543
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
*World Premier

On The MOVE (2006)
James Gaffigan, Music Director
LIVE IN CONCERT 2005 & 2006
-Prelude to Act I of La Traviata,
Giuseppi Verdi
-Overture in C Major (In the Italian Style), D591
Franz Schubert
-Intermezzo #1 from The Jewels of the Madonna
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
-Symphony #49 in F Minor (La Passione)
Franz Joseph Haydn (
-Second movement from Symphony #5 in Bb Major,
Franz Schubert
-Selections from the incidental music for Pélleas et
Mélisande, Jean Sibelius
-Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers,
Gioacchino Rossini

Beethoven • Respighi • Rossini • Mascagni (2006)
James Gaffigan, Music Director
Kyung Sun Lee, Violin
Edward Arron, Cello
Daniel Shapiro, Piano
LIVE IN CONCERT 2005 & 2006
-Overture to The Barber of Seville,
Gioacchino Rossini
-Triple Concerto in C Major for Piano, Violin & Cello,
Ludwig van Beethoven
-Intermezzo sinfonico from Cavalleria Rusticana
Pietro Mascagni
-Trittico Botticelliano (Botticelli Triptych)
Ottorino Respighi

Mostly Mozart (2004)
Andrea Raffanini, Guest Conductor
Kyung Sun Lee, Violin Soloist
DEBUT CONCERT October 27, 2004
-Violin Concerto #5 in A Major, K. 219,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
-Symphony #40 in G Minor, K. 550
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
-Variations on “I Got Rhythm”
George Gershwin, arranged by Brian Suits