Seasonal Special Happenings

CityMusic Cleveland

When: Thu., March 17 2011

Conductor Joel Smirnoff leads a series of free CityMusic Cleveland concerts this weekend at venues throughout the region, featuring music by Tchaikovsky and Bizet. The soloist is Dylana Jenson, a critically acclaimed violinist whose story, like Bizet's Carmen, has taken some tragic twists. An extraordinarily gifted musician, Jenson started her studies at age two, and at 17 became the youngest — and first female — silver-medal winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Subsequently she played throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall. But when she married at 21, her wealthy benefactor took back her beloved violin, claiming a married woman could not be serious about her art. After a long struggle to reclaim her voice, Jenson recently re-emerged on the classical music scene, channeling years' worth of emotion into her music. You can hear the results tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 312 Third St. in Elyria. Additional concerts are set for Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, in Cleveland venues. For details, go to citymusiccleveland.org. — Cicora

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