CANCELLED – Mell Csicsila presents ‘Ten Flowerpots for Mothers’ Day’


May 13 @ 4 pm 

The Creative Space at Waterloo Arts
397 E 156th St, Cle, OH 44110


If you are looking for something nice to do with mom this Mother’s Day, the annual Music for Miles Mother’s Day concert is a perfect addendum to the traditional brunch. The concert is free and in the relaxed setting of the Waterloo Arts Creative Space. The Waterloo Arts gallery is showing a collection of beautifully executed – and trenchant – political cartoons by Steve Cup: “Breaking Point.” A glass of wine or other refreshment can be found at the adjoining Callaloo Café.

Mell Csicsila has delighted Music for Miles audiences before, as half of Duo Anime, in a concert of pure percussion. On May 13 he’ll be joined by Kyra Kester on flute and John Perrine on saxophone, and the trio will combine their instruments with percussion in solo and chamber settings of music from four continents, using ten flower pots.

Mell is also an active teacher and clinician; he has taught at CCC, Kent State, Lorain County Community College and, notably, in the Cleveland Orchestra’s arts-integrated Learning Through Music program, as well as creating Musical Rainbow programs for the orchestra at Severance Hall, and at venues throughout Northeast Ohio. He has presented clinic sessions for members of the Percussive Arts Society and the Ohio Music Education Association, and develops and presents special educational projects and clinics for other arts organizations.

Kyra Kester is an active performer and teacher on both flute and piccolo. She holds the position of second flutist in the Canton Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs with the Blossom Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Akron, Youngstown and Wheeling Symphonies and the Erie Philharmonic. She is a member of the adjunct music faculty at Hiram College and has served on the faculty of CIM’s Preparatory Department since 2006.

Sax player John Perrine is one of those Cleveland-area jazz players who leads a double life: by day he’s an associate professor of music, coordinator of jazz studies and department chair at CSU. By night, he gathers with area colleagues and blows his horn in area venues such as Blu Jazz + in Akron, where he’ll be unveiling his sophomore album, “Here’s the Thing,” on Centaur Records. It’s an overdue follow-up to his 2007 debut, “Dance of the Pampanzi,” but he’s been busy in the meantime with his teaching and with performances as far away as Scotland (World Saxophone Congress at St. Andrew’s) and Russia (the Volga Band and the conservatory in Saratov, Rostov On-Don Conservatory and Moscow State University for Culture and Arts). At home, John is a founding member of the Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet and the prize-winning Red Stick Saxophone Quartet, where he premiered his “Vonnegut: Suite for Saxophone Quartet.” 

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