Cleveland’s week-long celebration of art song and its performance since 1985!
Cleveland’s Art Song Festival was founded in 1985 at the Cleveland Institute of Music by George Vassos, who taught at CIM for fifty years and was Head of the Voice Department for twenty-seven years! The Festival’s mission is to promote the rich and enticing art song repertoire and to cultivate its performance through recitals by major guest artists and master classes. Many of the world’s foremost performers and scholars have participated in the Festival since its inception.
The 2018 Festival features renowned Festival Artists tenor Christoph Pregardien in recital with pianist Roger Vignoles and soprano Ana María Martínez with pianist Craig Terry. Each of our Festival Artists will work in free public master classes with our ten singer-pianist Festival Teams, which were chose through national auditions. Additionally, noted German art song scholar Susan Youens will give a special lecture on Die schöne Müllerin, and the Festival concludes with a recital by our Festival Teams as a culmination of their work throughout the week.