Lincoln in Cleveland@CFC Gala Benefit Concert
Jan 13, 2013

Tonight was the magical Gala Concert to benefit ChamberFest Cleveland, entering its second season. Long-time readers of my blog know my appreciation for the talents of the Cohen family, and Garrick Ohlsson contributed wonderfully to a flawless evening.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer Year in Review
Dec 25, 2012

Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen and his daughter, violinist Diana Cohen, masterminded the most significant addition to the region’s classical-music scene with their summer chamber-music festival at several venues.

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Review: ChamberFEST Cleveland ends five-day festival with barn concert at the Dunham Tavern
Jul 05, 2012

Franklin Cohen looked a little tired but a lot happy as he greeted the audience before the fifth sold-out concert of the inaugural season of ChamberFEST Cleveland. “This has probably been the most exciting week of my life”, he said, noting that his house had become rehearsal central, dining room and hangout spot for all his and Diana Cohen’s musical colleagues and friends who had gathered for the better part of a week to recreate something of the family spirit of Vermont’s Marlboro Festival in Cleveland.

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Review: ChamberFEST Cleveland Concerts 2 & 4
Jul 03, 2012

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ChamberFEST Cleveland 2012 opens at the Cleveland Institute of Music
Jul 03, 2012

ChamberFEST Cleveland opened its “Big Bang” 2012 inaugural Season on Wednesday, June 27, at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Mixon Hall to a sell-out audience. Chamberfest is the brainchild of Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen and his daughter, Richmond Symphony concertmaster Diana Cohen, both of whom serve as the series’s artistic directors.

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Artistry, energy surround ChamberFest Cleveland’s inaugural season
Jul 02, 2012

By the time Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings floated away Sunday in the barn at Dunham Tavern, one thing was blazingly clear: ChamberFest Cleveland generated artistic excitement on a level that would be the envy of any international music festival.

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ChamberFEST Cleveland takes flight opening its inaugural season
Jun 29, 2012

A music festival can only be called truly festive when imagination meets lofty artistry. It’s already clear that ChamberFest Cleveland is the real deal.

The newest musical endeavor in town embarked on its inaugural season in grand fashion with two wildly different events.

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ChamberFEST Cleveland has Heights roots
Jun 06, 2012

ChamberFEST Cleveland, the brainchild of Cleveland Heights native Diana Cohen, kicks off its inaugural season June 27.  ChamberFEST Cleveland is an intensive summer chamber music festival, featuring outstanding musicians in both traditional and nontraditional concert settings throughout Cleveland. The festival aims to enhance the region’s passion for classical music through innovative performances and venues.

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Cleveland scores a summer chamber music festival
May 23, 2012

Musicians Diana and Franklin Cohen prove that the family who plays together, stays together – or at least launches a world-class chamber music festival together.

Franklin Cohen, principal clarinetist of The Cleveland Orchestra, and his daughter Diana, a violinist and concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia, have orchestrated ChamberFest Cleveland. The inaugural chamber music festival includes a series of five concerts in five different venues from Wednesday, June 27, to Sunday, July 1.

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Father-daughter team brings ChamberFest to Cleveland
May 08, 2012

Violinist Diana Cohen grew up in a household echoing with music, which likely had a hand in persuading her to go into the family business.

From various corners of the Cohen abode, often at once, she heard the sounds of practicing — her father, Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen in one room; her late mother, bassoonist Lynette Diers Cohen, in another.

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