David Bamberger (Artistic Director) has staged some 200 productions on three continents in styles from grand opera to musicals. A founder of Cleveland Opera, he was the company’s General Director from 1976 to 2004, building it into one of America's major regional opera companies. He secured The Three Tenors in Concert to celebrate its 25th anniversary. At the insistence of Jerome Robbins, Mr. Bamberger staged the dialogue scenes for West Side Story, thus gaining permission for Cleveland Opera to be the only opera company in the Western hemisphere permitted to re-create Robbins’ original choreography.
Mr. Bamberger’s work from coast to coast ranges from The Barber of Seville at Lincoln Center (New York City Opera) to The Ballad of Baby Doe (Los Angeles Music Center), with such stars as Roberta Peters, Beverly Sills and Sherrill Milnes. For Santiago, Chile, he staged Rigoletto and Lucia di Lammermoor and, for the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, La Bohème and La Cenerentola.
In 1990, he represented the opera industry before Congress, testifying in a successful effort to garner support for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served on the Board of Directors of OPERA America and of the National Alliance for Musical Theater, of which he was a founder. At home on the non-musical stage, Mr. Bamberger directed the first major New York production of Sophocles’ classic tragedy Oedipus at Colonus and a national tour of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
His writings include several articles for Opera News and best-selling textbooks for religious schools. His two-volume history of the Jews based on Abba Eban’s "My People," banned in the former Soviet Union, has been used in Russian translation in both Russia and Israel.
Mr. Bamberger’s many honors include the Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Administration and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College (his alma mater), Cleveland State University and CIM. He joined the CIM faculty in 2004.
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CIM@CMA | Music in the Galleries
April 1, 2015, 6:00 pm
Cleveland Museum of Art
Students from CIM and the CWRU early music program present a wide range of repertoire in this series of early evening performances. To make your evening even more musical, attend the 8pm CIM Orchestra Concert at Severance.
Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Case Western Reserve University Music Department.
Cleveland Museum of Art | 11150 East Blvd, University Circle
Preparatory: Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony Concert
April 1, 2015, 7:00 pm
Perry High School, 4325 Manchester Ave., Perry, OH
Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II – Concert Winds
Daniel Crain, conductor
Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II – Symphonic Winds
Melissa Lichtler, conductor
Perry High School Symphonic Band
Bradley Hruska, conductor
Orchestra | CIM@Severance
April 1, 2015, 8:00 pm
Cleveland Institute of Music OrchestraJaime Laredo, conductorShen Lu, piano