Looking Back


Amanda Powell with Dave Morgan, Theron Brown, Howie Smith and Dylan Moffit

August 12 | 2016


Amanda Powell, soprano, is praised for her "inspirational and expressive singing" (Classical Candor) and "abundant vocal technique" (ClevelandClassical.com).  She enjoys a diverse performance career including classical, folk, jazz and global music. She holds a degree in vocal performance with an opera concentration from Shenandoah Conservatory and a certificate in jazz improvisation from the Jazz in July Institute (University of Massachusetts). Ms. Powell appears often as a soloist with Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, appearing as soprano soloist in the Praetorius Christmas Vespers, second lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute, and as lead female vocalist in Jeannette Sorrell's crossover programs "Come to the River" (national tour) and "Sugarloaf Mountain - An Appalachian Gathering," which became a Billboard bestselling CD in 2015.  Amanda has sung concerts around the world, including at concert halls in Italy, Spain, France, Mongolia and China. 


The Oblivion Project

September 2 | 2016

The Oblivion Project, formed in 2003, is dedicated to the exploration and performance of the over 3000 Nuevo Tango works of Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla. For the past decade, musicians from all across the Americas have collaborated to explore and share the uncompromisingly unique, unequivocally attractive language of Piazzolla’s tangos. It is based in the musical crossroads of Cleveland.  Our largest crowd in our history, Clevelanders came out of the wood work!


Carpe Diem String Quartet

October 28 | 2016

One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today,

Carpe Diem defies easy classification with programming that includes classical, Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music. The quartet appears on traditional concert series (Carnegie Hall, New York NY; Jordan Hall, Boston MA; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua NY; Asolo Theater, Sarasota FL) as well as unconventional venues (Poisson Rouge, NYC; Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Half-Moon Bay, CA; The Redlands Bowl, Redlands, CA; The Mug & Brush, Columbus, OH). Carpe Diem has been awarded five transformative grants from the PNC Foundation for their community outreach in Central Ohio.  Carpe Diem has become one of America's premiere “indie” string quartets without sacrificing its commitment to the traditional quartet repertoire, and continues to rack up accolades and awards.

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The Sammy DeLeon Jazz Quintet

May 19 | 2017

Sammy DeLeon is a well-recognized fixture in the Ohio Latin jazz scene and has gained popularity for his danceable groove-oriented music in the styles of Latin jazz, salsa, and merengue.  Sammy DeLeon is a well-recognized fixture in the Ohio Latin jazz scene and has gained popularity for his danceable groove-oriented music in the styles of Latin jazz, salsa, and merengue.  A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Jackie Warren performs regularly as a soloist, and has her own jazz trio

Project Trio

June 10 | 2017

Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, PROJECT Trio wowed a capacity crowd as they break down traditional ideas of chamber music. The genre-defying Trio is acclaimed by the press as “packed with musicianship, joy and surprise” and “exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music.” Gramophone Magazine singled out the group as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between.  Project Trio did an outreach concert and demonstration at Laura's House, in Cleveland.

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Harpeth Rising

July 7 | 2017

Chamberfolk: Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique.  The trio appeared on WCLV, CLeveland's classical music station, performed for the residents at the Kemper House, and later that evening to a capacity crowd.



Alex DePue, violin & Miguel DeHoyos, guitar

May 4 | 2018

Alex and Miguel's performance was described as extremely engaging with a virtuosic combination of classical-tinted takes on popular songs and original compositions.  The duo performed Bach to Michael Jackson and everything else in between.  During the day, Alex and Miguel worked with students at the Cleveland School for the arts.

Tina and Bryan created and engaged concert of traditional American fiddle tunes and waltzes, string band rags and Celtic jigs and reels, with a sprinkling of South American gems and the occasional Classical piece thrown in for good measure.  We're touched by the reaction resitidents the Kemper House, an assisted living facility for adults suffering from dementia and alzheimers have when live music is brought to them. 

Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer, Bryan Thomas, bass, & the Oberlin Choristers
June 1 | 2018
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The Hot Club of Buffalo

June 29 | 2018

The Hot Club of Buffalo, a 5-piece gypsy jazz band from Buffalo, NY added modern twists to traditional gypsy swing. Riffs from Bach, Jimi Hendrix and Steely Dan are as common as quotes from gypsy legend Django Reinhardt. Dance-friendly world music, like Bossa Nova, Choro and Rhumba are a part of every show.  Gypsy Swing or Gypsy Jazz, is a style that was created in the 1930’s by the legendary 2-fingered guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Gypsy Jazz blends American big band swing with exotic European Gypsy sounds.  The music is performed entirely on acoustic instruments. The rhythm guitar takes the place of a drum set. The guitars, strings, and even the picks are specially chosen to get that unique gypsy sound!

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The alt Default

May 25 | 2019

Bringing an array of musical and cultural influences to their work, The alt Default is an eclectic trio that plays everything from Nathaniel’s alternative and rock influenced original songs to Dave’s arrangements of classical and jazz tunes to Hannah’s unique interpretations of folk music from all over the world.  The band formed in 2014 when they met in Miami Beach as members of the New World Symphony. They were 2015 winners of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Arts Challenge South Florida, and finalists in the 2016-17 21CM Emerging Artist Competition. Currently, they are working on a 2-part album of acoustic and studio versions of their original music.


The Neave Trio

June 15 | 2019

Underground Classical was pleased to present the Neave Trio in an all-female program, featuring works by Jennifer Higdon, Rebecca Clark, Cecile Chaminade, and Amy Beach.  A new concept presented by Underground Classical, the music was accompanied with projections throughout the performance! 

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Anthony Taddeo with the TMZ Trio +2

July 25 | 2019

Brooklyn/Cleveland-based jazz group TMT Trio+2 features Juno Award winner Cat Toren on piano, Angela Morris on tenor saxophone, and Anthony Taddeo on drums. Uniquely sans bass, TMT showcases the multifaceted chamber music character of the piano by drawing from modern jazz, new music and avant-rock. Their repertoire features original compositions, collective improvisations and re-imaginings of standards by the three band members. After five years as a band, the trio released their debut album, Star Ballad, in 2017.