Lightness of Being

Welcome to ChamberFest Cleveland!

Whether it’s music, painting, film, or poetry, art in any form is about creativity and inspiration. This season, we’ve been particularly inspired by one of our favorite 20th century works of literature, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. Whether or not you’re familiar with the book, the focal themes of love and betrayal, physicality versus spirituality, politics, oppression, human and animal nature, these reflections are relevant and eternally relatable. Kundera’s deep knowledge and references to classical music throughout the novel make it a particularly potent ground to play and mirror and reflect these ideas through the endlessly diverse world of chamber music. The world being what it is, we chose to spotlight the concept of “lightness,” and we invite you to experience this season with a sense of ease, celebration, and pure delight.

– Diana Cohen | Franklin Cohen | Roman Rabinovich | Artistic Directors

Mark your calendars!

Season 11
June 14 – July 1, 2023

Eleven concerts inspired by Milan Kundera’s novel
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Stay tuned for more festival details!