Schedule of Upcoming Performances


APEX TRIO in Recital

Kimia Ghaderi, violin
Carlyn Kessler, cello
Andrew Focks, piano

  • June 18th, 2017 at 7:00pm
  • Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church (16970 Dewitt Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037)
  • Please join us for an evening of chamber music featuring the Brahms Piano Trio in B Major, Violin & Piano works by Gershwin, Bolcom, and Debussy, and Cello & Piano works by Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. A light reception will follow the performance. Free admission; donations will be accepted.

Apex Morgan Hill

ArtsConnect Beachwood Summer Concert Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 6:30pm
  • Beachwood Community Center, Beachwood OH
  • Featuring works by Gershwin, Bolcom, Debussy, Chopin, Lizst, Mozart, Webber
  • Free Admission
ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 2:00pm
  • Hamlet Village, Chagrin Falls OH
  • Featuring works by Gershwin, Bolcom, Debussy, Chopin, Lizst, Mozart, Webber
ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at 2:00pm
  • The Village at Marymount, Garfield Heights, OH
  • Featuring works by Gershwin, Bolcom, Debussy, Chopin, Lizst, Mozart, Webber
ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • Thursday, June 8th, 2017 at 2:30 and 4:00
  • Fairmount Health Center, Breckenridge OH
  • Featuring works by Gershwin, Bolcom, Debussy, Chopin, Lizst, Mozart, Webber
ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 2:30 and 4:00
  • Stone Gardens Assisted Living, Cleveland OH
  • Featuring works by Gershwin, Bolcom, Debussy, Chopin, Lizst, Mozart, Webber
APEX TRIO in Recital

Kimia Ghaderi, violin
Carlyn Kessler, cello
Andrew Focks, piano

  • May 24th, 2017 at 7:00pm
  • Fynette Kulas Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Center at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory (49 Seminary St., Berea, OH)
  • Please join us for an evening of chamber music featuring the Brahms Piano Trio in B Major, Violin & Piano works by Gershwin, Bolcom, and Debussy, and Cello & Piano works by Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. A light reception will follow the performance. Free admission; donations will be accepted.

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Violin Studio Recital
Featuring the students of Kimia Ghaderi

Andrew Focks, piano

  • Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at 5:30pm
  • Fynette Kulas Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Center at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory (49 Seminary St., Berea, OH)
  • Students of Ghaderi’s private studio and BW Community Music School
Akron Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven’s 9th

  • January 21st, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
  • The inspirational message of the ‘Ode to Joy’— imploring mankind to live in love and fellowship—is one of the glories of Western art. The Third Piano Concerto moves resolutely from darkness into light, mirroring Beethoven’s heroic ideals.
  • https://akronsymphony.org/concerts/
Erie Philharmonic

Casablanca in Concert

  • February 4th, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • Warner Theatre (Erie, PA)
  • A special viewing of the film Casablanca, projected on a large screen above the Warner Theatre stage while the musicians of the Philharmonic perform the score live, in perfect synchronicity with the action
  • http://eriephil.org/calendar/2017/2/4/casablanca
ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • February 3rd, 2017 at 2:30pm
  • Maplewood at Chardon, Chardon, OH
  • Featuring masterworks for violin and piano
ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • February 5th, 2017 at 2:30pm
  • Stone Gardens Assisted Living Residence, Beachwood, OH
  • Featuring masterworks for violin and piano
ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • February 12th, 2017 at 2:00pm
  • The Village at Marymount, Garfield Heights, OH
  • Featuring masterworks for violin and piano
ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • February 21st, 2017 at 7:30pm
  • Breckenridge Village, Willoughby, OH
  • Featuring masterworks for violin and piano
Akron Symphony Orchestra

Gospel Meets Symphony

  • February 25th, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
  • Gospel Meets Symphony has unleashed its indescribable power for 24 years. This high-combustion mix of two great traditions makes us one community year after year.
  • https://akronsymphony.org/concerts/
Erie Philharmonic

Emanuel Ax, piano

  • March 11th, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • Warner Theatre (Erie, PA)
  • World-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax makes his Erie Philharmonic debut in a very special evening of two composer-titans, Beethoven and Mahler.
  • http://eriephil.org/calendar/2017/3/11/emanuel-ax
Akron Symphony Orchestra

Neos Dance Theatre

  • March 17th, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
  • International folk-inspired works with a tip of the flat cap to St. Paddy. Fun, creative and gifted, Neos Dance Theater electrifies audiences with their ingenuity, vitality, and thrilling technical virtuosity.
  • https://akronsymphony.org/concerts/
Cleveland Pops Orchestra

I Love a Piano – Tony DeSare in Concert

  • March 25th, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH)
  • http://www.clevelandpops.com/concert/i-love-a-piano/
Erie Philharmonic

Disney Favorites with Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker

  • April 1st, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • Warner Theatre (Erie, PA)
  • http://eriephil.org/calendar/2017/4/1/disney-favorites
Erie Philharmonic

The ‘Organ’ Symphony

  • April 8th, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • Warner Theatre (Erie, PA)
  • Bach/Elgar Fantasia and Fugue, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Saint Saens Symphony No. 3 “Organ”
  • http://eriephil.org/calendar/2017/4/8/the-organ-symphony
Cleveland Pops Orchestra

And the Tony Goes To…

  • April 21st, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH)
  • Topilow and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and Chorus, with Broadway’s award-winning singers Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro, will shine the spotlight on the best of the best in musical theatre
  • http://www.clevelandpops.com/concert/and-the-tony-goes-to/
Akron Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

  • May 6th, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
  • Three Akron choirs merge to form a chorus of 200 voices in Mendelssohn’s grand musical drama telling the story of the prophet Elijah. Word painting illustrates the text through vivid musical imagery and ingenious orchestral scoring.
  • https://akronsymphony.org/concerts/
Cleveland Pops Orchestra

An American Salute

  • May 19th, 2017 at 8:00pm
  • Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH)
  • This will be the 16th celebration of The POPS’ annual patriotic classic. Be prepared for the best of military-inspired music and pageantry, magnificently expressed by Cleveland POPS Orchestra, Chorus, and guest artists.
  • http://www.clevelandpops.com/concert/an-american-salute-2/

Past Events

Erie Philharmonic

The Nutcracker

Matthew Kraemer, Guest Conductor

Lake Erie Ballet

Mercyhurst University Dance Department

  • December 17th, 2016 at 8:00pm
  • December 18th, 2016 at 2:30pm
  • Warner Theatre (Erie, PA)
  • http://eriephil.org/calendar/2016/12/17/the-nutcracker
Violin Studio Recital
Featuring the students of Kimia Ghaderi

Andrew Focks, piano

  • December 11th, 2016 at 5:00pm
  • Fynette Kulas Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Center, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
  • Students of Ghaderi’s private studio and BW Conservatory Outreach studio
Akron Symphony Orchestra

Home for the Holidays

  • December 9th and 10th, 2016 at 7:30pm
  • EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall (December 9th), Medina Performing Arts Center (December 10th)
  • The entire Symphony family and performers from every corner of the community gather for this traditional holiday celebration.
  • https://akronsymphony.org/concerts/
Erie Philharmonic

Come Home for the Holidays

  • December 3rd, 2016 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Warner Theatre (Erie, PA)
  • http://eriephil.org/calendar/2016/12/3/come-home-for-the-holidays
Cleveland Pops Orchestra

Let the Merry Bells Keep Ringing

  • November 27th, 2016 at 2:00pm
  • Connor Palace Theater (Cleveland, OH)
  • Family Holiday Concert
  • http://www.clevelandpops.com/concert/let-the-merry-bells-keep-ringing/
Erie Philharmonic

Classical Rivalries

Demarre McGill, flute

  • November 12th, 2016 at 8:00pm
  • Warner Theatre (Erie, PA)
  • Salieri, Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven
  • http://eriephil.org/calendar/2016/11/12/classical-rivalries
Akron Symphony Orchestra

National Parks: Sights and Sounds

  • November 4th, 2016 at 7:30pm
  • EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
  • A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park System, featuring panoramic images from dozens of US national parks and a special photographic tribute to the history, heritage and beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  • https://akronsymphony.org/concerts/
Erie Philharmonic

Danny Elfman in Concert

  • October 29th, 2016 at 8:00pm
  • Warner Theatre (Erie, PA)
  • Celebrate Halloween with the music of Danny Elfman
  • http://eriephil.org/#upcoming
Erie Philharmonic

Opening Night

Ken Johnston, violin

  • October 15th, 2016 at 8:00pm
  • Warner Theatre (Erie, PA)
  • Stravinsky, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky
  • http://eriephil.org/#upcoming
Suburban Symphony Orchestra

Guest Concertmaster

  • October 9th, 2016 at 3:30pm
  • Beachwood High School Auditorium
  • “East of the Danube”: Dvorak, Glazunov, Kodaly
  • http://www.suburbansymphony.org/index.php/current-concert-season
Akron Symphony Orchestra

Opening Night

Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano

Lexington Bach Festival

Chamber Orchestra Concerts

  • September 17th, 2016, St. Denis Catholic Church (Lexington, MI)
  • September 18th, 2016, St. Denis Catholic Church (Lexington, MI)
  • The Lexington Bach Festival is an annual week-long celebration of the music of Bach and other composers
  • https://lexington-arts.org/bach-festival/
The Blossom Festival Orchestra

Brent Havens, Conductor
Randy Jackson, vocalist

Vermont Mozart Festival
The Cleveland Orchestra

Brett Mitchell, Conductor

ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • June 13th, 2016 at 2:00pm
  • Hamlet Village in Chagrin Falls (200 Hamlet Hills Dr, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022)
  • Featuring masterworks for violin and piano
Doctor of Musical Arts Recital
Andrew Focks, Piano

Guest musicians:  Kimia Ghaderi, violin and Carlyn Kessler, cello

  • June 7th, 2016 at 1:30pm
  • Mixon Recital Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23, Op. 57 “Appassionata”, Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost”
Violin Studio Recital
Featuring the students of Kimia Ghaderi

Andrew Focks, piano

  • June 5th, 2016 at 4:00pm
  • Kadel Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Center, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
  • Students of Ghaderi’s private studio and BW Conservatory Outreach studio
Cleveland Pops Orchestra

An American Salute

Erie Philharmonic

The Glory of Beethoven

Akron Symphony Orchestra

Sounds of Akron

  • April 16, 2016 at 8:00pm
  • EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
  • Clint Needham Sounds of Akron: City Meets Symphony (premiere) and Mahler Symphony No. 4
  • https://akronsymphony.org/concerts/
ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • March 24th, 2016 at 1:00pm
  • Federated Family Life Center (16349 Chillicothe Rd, Chagrin Falls Township, OH)
  • Featuring masterworks for violin and piano
Erie Philharmonic

Celtic Celebration with Cathie Ryan

Music for Miles Chamber Music Series

Bayard String Quartet (Kimia Ghaderi and Victor Beyens, violins, Christine Sherlock, viola, Eric Graf, cello)

Cleveland Pops Orchestra

Rodgers and Hammerstein

Blue Streak Ensemble
  • February 25th, 2016 at 7:30pm
  • Dunham Tavern (Cleveland, OH)
  • Join us for an evening of American, Classical, Vernacular, porch music performed in a historical barn. Program includes works by Margaret Brouwer, Yehudi Wyner, Rob Smith, and Mark Phillips
  • http://www.bluestreakensemble.com/concert-schedule/
Access to the Arts Recital

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • February 23rd, 2016 at 7:30pm
  • The Austin Room at Breckenridge Village,  (36851 Ridge Rd., Willoughby, OH)
  • Featuring masterworks for violin and piano
Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo Festival 2016

Orchestra Camerata Colonial

  • Festival Dates: February 5 – 13, 2016 (see website for concert schedule)
  • Concerts to be held at various historic sites in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • http://www.conciertosdelavilla.com/
Erie Philharmonic

Crazy for Gershwin

Cleveland Pops Orchestra

The Genius of John Williams

Erie Philharmonic

Romeo and Juliet

  • January 23rd, 2016 at 8:00pm
  • Warner Theatre (Erie, PA)
  • Featuring the drama and passion  of Russian music, with violin soloist Bella Hristova
  • http://eriephil.org/concerts/
Cleveland Pops Orchestra

Happy Holidays!

Celebrate Sibelius!

A Program in Honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Composer’s Birth

  • November 22nd at 4:00pm; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd (Cleveland, OH)
  • Chamber Music program including: Piano Trio in C Major “Lovisa”, Five Pieces for Violin and Piano Op. 81, String Quartet in D Minor “Voces Intimae”, and a set of songs, and more!
ArtsConnect Performance Series

Solo Violin Recitals

  • November 12th, 2015 at 2:30pm; Normandy Manor (Rocky River, OH)
  • November 12th, 2015 at 4:00pm; Normandy Apartments (Rocky River, OH)
ArtsConnect Performance Series

Duo recitals with Andrew Focks, Piano

  • November 9th, 2015 at 2:00pm; Hamlet Village (Chagrin Falls, OH)
  •  November 17th, 2015 at 7:30pm; Breckenridge Village (Willoughby, OH)
Cleveland Pops Orchestra
  • November 13th, 2015 at 7:00pm
  • Cleveland State University
Summit Chorale Society Masterworks Concert

Akron Symphony Orchestra Marie Bucoy-Calavan – Choral Director

  • November 1st at 3:00pm; Trinity Lutheran Church, Akron OH
  • Program: Brahms Schicksalslied, Mozart Requiem
Cleveland Pops Orchestra

Big Bands and All That Jazz

Lexington Bach Festival

Chamber Orchestra Concerts

  • September 19, 2015 at 7:00pm St. Denis Catholic Church (Lexington, MI)
  • September 20, 2015 at 3:00pm St. Denis Catholic Church (Lexington, MI)
The Cleveland Orchestra

Guest Conductor, Stanislaw Skrowaczeski

  • August 7th, 2015 at 7:00pm; Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH)
  • Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Blue Streak Ensemble

Featuring Kimia Ghaderi (violin), Erika Dohi (piano), Sarah Beaty (mezzo soprano), Haruka Fujii (percussion)

  • July 12th, 2015 at 3:00pm Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, NY
  • July 13th, 2015  at 7:30pm Marc A. Scorca Recital Hall, National Opera Center, New York City
  • Program includes works by Needham, Rindfleisch, Harbison, Visconti, and Brouwer
  • http://www.bluestreakensemble.com/concert-schedule/
ArtsConnect Summer Concert Series

with Andrew Focks, Piano

Akron Symphony Orchestra

Summer Parks Concert Series

  • July 4th, 2015 at 8:00pm; Lock 3 Park, Akron, OH
  • July 5th, 2015 at 8:00pm; Case Barlow Farm, Hudson, OH
  • August 2nd, 2015 at 7:30pm; Glendale Cemetary, Akron, OH
  • August 9th, 2015 at 7:30pm; Hardesty Park, Akron, OH
  • August 16th, 2015 at 7:30pm; Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Akron, OH
  • https://akronsymphony.org/concerts/
Cleveland Pops Orchestra

Summer Concert Series

  • June 28th, 2015 at 8:30pm; Crocker Park, Westlake, OH
  • July 3rd, 2015 at 8:00pm; Glen Chamberlin Park, Perici Ampitheatre, Twinsburg, OH
  • September 5th, 2015 at 7:00pm; Elyria, OH
Classical Revolution Cleveland

with Andrew Focks, Piano

ArtsConnect Presents Carnival of the Animals

Chamber Orchestra Concerts

  • June 10th, 2015 at 6:30pm; Martin Luther King Jr. High School (Cleveland, OH)
  • June 11th, 2015 at 6:30pm; Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland
  • Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens; Children from Cleveland takes part through narration and art works – a fantastic collaboration between Cleveland International Piano Competition and Neighborhoods Centers Association of Cleveland.
Canton Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven Festival Concert IV

Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

Guest Concertmaster

Suburban Symphony Orchestra

Guest Concertmaster

Aurora School of Music Chamber Music Recital

with Andrew Focks, piano

  • December 7, 2014 at 6:00pm Aurora Community Theater (Aurora, OH)
  • Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
Surburban Symphony Orchestra

Guest Principal Second Violin

Sonata Duo Recital

with Andrew Focks, Piano

  • November 24, 2014 at 10:00am Mixon Recital Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
Akron Symphony Orchestra

with Joshua Bell, violin

Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra

Joel Smirnoff, conductor

  • October 1, 2014 at 8:00pm Severance Hall (Cleveland OH)
  • Mahler Symphony No. 5
Lexington Bach Festival

Chamber Orchestra Concerts

  • September 13, 2014 at 7:00pm St. Denis Catholic Church (Lexington, MI)
  • September 14, 2014 at 4:00pm St. Denis Catholic Church (Lexington, MI)
ArtsConnect Performance Series

with Andrew Focks, Piano

  • September 11, 2014 at 2:30pm The Normandy Manor (Rocky River, OH)
  • September 11, 2014  at 4:00pm The Normandy Apartments (Rocky River, OH)
Interlochen Faculty Chamber Music Series
  • June 27th, 2014 at 8:00pm
  • Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • Chamber music recital of works by Wagner, Dvorak and Ewazen
Faculty Recital

with guest pianist Andrew Focks

  • July 5th, 2014 at 6:30pm
  • Grunow Building, Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • Works by Mozarts, Beethoven, Kresiler/Dvorak and Grieg
Congregational Summer Assembly Chamber Music Series
  • July 26th, 2014 at 7:30pm
  • Congregational Summer Assembly (Frankfort, MI)
  • Chamber Music Recital featuring faculty members of the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp; works by Haydn, Prokofiev and Mozart
The Blossom Festival Orchestra

Richard Kaufman, conductor Whitney Claire Kaufman, vocalist Patrick Sajak, narrator

  • August 30th, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Blossom Music Center (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
  • Featuring music from films and classical favorites
The Cleveland Orchestra

Guest Conductor, David Robertson

Mary Kay Fink, Piccolo

  • May 1st, 2014 at 7:30pm; Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH)
  • May 2nd, 2014 at 7:00pm; Severance Hall
  • May 3rd, 2014 at 8:00pm; Severance Hall
  • May 4th, 2014 at 3:00pm; Severance Hall
  • A Program of World and U.S. Premieres
ArtsConnect Recital Series

Ghaderi-Focks Duo

  • June 17th, 2016 at 2:30pm
  • Maplewood at  Chardon (12350 Bass Lake Rd, Chardon, OH 44024)
  • Featuring masterworks for violin and piano