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Music fills a landmark: Maltz center a collaboration of CWRU and temple

September 7, 2018

Music fills a landmark: Maltz center a collaboration of CWRU and temple

 Drivers along East 105th Street, anywhere between Wade Park and Chester avenues, have probably noticed that large domed structure that resembles a synagogue.

Yes, at one time, it was the main Temple-Tifereth Israel, opened in 1924, before the congregation moved to Beachwood in the 1960s. But David J. Rothenberg, associate professor and chairman of Case Western Reserve University’s music department, wants people to know that the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple-Tifereth Israel on campus of Case Western Reserve University, at 1855 Ansel Road in Cleveland, is now a state-of-the-art concert facility.

“The building is a huge landmark that sat mostly empty,” he said. “Case partnered with the temple and came up with an agreement that the college would take the structure and renovate it, in 2014. Obviously, the lead donors were the Maltz family, hence the name. “The renovation included better lighting, air conditioning, better seats and expanded it into a full concert hall. That meant building a stage, and an acoustic canopy. This allows for a better, balanced sound coming from the stage out to the audience. So its function has become more of a performance hall. The congregation still uses it for High Holy Days services, though.”

The public can see the updated digs by attending one of the 19 free musical performances during the Silver Hall Concert Series. This new series begins on Saturday, Sept. 15, and runs the entire school year through May 12.

The shows will feature student groups from CWRU’s music department, as well as professional, semiprofessional and community ensembles from Northeast Ohio, said Rothenberg.

The music department has been doing concerts for about three years. But department leaders decided they needed to broaden the venture to include more communities.

“This is the first time the Maltz Performing Arts Center is taking the step to add outside artists on the same stage as our student groups,” said Rothenberg. “Although Maltz and Case’s music department operate separately, we wanted to collaborate on this project. It’s also a chance to give our student groups, which consist of bands and choirs, more exposure. And it gives the communities surrounding it a chance to hear great music inside a beautiful venue. One of the first community ensembles will be the choir from Kirtland High School.”

When the space is not being used for concerts, the college hosts lectures and other academic programs.

The first concert, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, features the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society.

Coming up: Sept. 23: will have the Cleveland Chamber Choir at 3 p.m. Oct. 14: the CWRU Wind Symphony at 3 p.m. Oct. 15: it will be CWRU Orchestra at 7:30 p.m.

The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center is at 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland. For the entire list of shows, go to case.edu/maltzcenter/silverhallseries, and click on Reserve Your Tickets.

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