Spring concert features bassoonist Aviva Klein
Heights High’s principal bassoonist Aviva Klein will be the featured senior soloist during the Spring Finale Concert on April 29, performing Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Bassoon in e minor. The concert will include performances by both the Heights High Symphony and Symphonic Winds. Earlier in the week, on April 27, the Heights High Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Concert Orchestra will present their final concert of the year.
In its concert, the Symphony will also perform The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, and "Throne Room/End Credits" from Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope by John Williams. The Heights High School Symphonic Winds will present Sang by Dana Wilson, Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Sevens by Samuel Hazo.
For the April 27 performance, the Concert Orchestra will share The Country Hoe Down by Soon Hee Newbold, and Black River Ballad by Doris Gazda. The Concert Band and Symphonic Band will perform the Liberty Fleet March by Karl King, arranged by James Swearingen; and Contrails by Mark J. Connor. All three ensembles will perform selections from Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens by John Williams, arranged by J. Vinson.
Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Cleveland Heights High School (Wiley campus), at 2181 Miramar Blvd., and will be preceded by a Chamber Ensemble Recital at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, available on the days of the shows, are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Parking is available in the school parking lot as well as on the other side of Miramar Boulevard (accessible from the University Square shopping area).
One of two seniors selected to solo this year, Aviva Klein became interested in music as a preschooler. She began piano lessons in first grade and studied clarinet with Anne Marie Falcone, switching to bassoon after fifth grade, and continuing to study bassoon with Ian Hoy throughout middle and high school. In high school, Klein became principal bassoonist in the Heights High Symphony and the Symphonic Winds. She played trumpet in the marching band and joined the Jazz Band in her senior year.
Klein attended summer music camps at Reaching Heights, the College of Wooster and Baldwin Wallace University, and was a counselor at Reaching Heights Summer Music Camp. In eighth and ninth grades, she participated in the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. In ninth grade, Klein was accepted into the Contemporary Youth Orchestra (CYO), under the direction of Liza Grossman. She has been CYO’s principal bassoonist for the past three years, and was awarded the John and Nicole Clouser Bassoon Chair for her junior year. In 10th grade, she joined the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO), under Cleveland Orchestra Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell. She has been co-principal bassoonist in this ensemble for the last two years. Last summer, Klein traveled to China with COYO to perform four concerts. After graduation, she plans to continue her musical studies in hopes of possibly becoming a conductor.
Cynthia Larsen teaches writing at Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth and is a parent of a Heights High violist and saxophone player.