Lincoln in Cleveland@CFC Gala Benefit ConcertJan 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.—Read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer Year in ReviewDec 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.—Read more
Review: ChamberFEST Cleveland ends five-day festival with barn concert at the Dunham TavernJul 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.—Read more
Review: ChamberFEST Cleveland Concerts 2 & 4Jul 03, 2012
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ChamberFEST Cleveland 2012 opens at the Cleveland Institute of MusicJul 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.—Read more
Artistry, energy surround ChamberFest Cleveland’s inaugural seasonJul 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.—Read more
ChamberFEST Cleveland takes flight opening its inaugural seasonJun 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.—Read more
ChamberFEST Cleveland has Heights rootsJun 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.—Read more
Cleveland scores a summer chamber music festivalMay 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.—Read more
Father-daughter team brings ChamberFest to ClevelandMay 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.—Read more