After a successful inaugural season, the Silver Hall Concert Series returns with a diverse slate of free music performances—from guitar ensembles, to orchestras and choirs of many stripes—at Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple–Tifereth Israel’s Silver Hall at Case Western Reserve University.

Kicking off with a Saturday, Sept. 14, concert by the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the 2019-20 season features 16 distinct acts spanning the musical spectrum across 20 performance events.

Tickets are free and can be reserved online.

Two female musicians holding string instruments
Price Hill Duo

“It’s wonderful to be able to show off such a diverse set of musical sounds and styles in a space as beautiful and welcoming as Silver Hall at the Maltz Center,” said David Rothenberg, an associate professor of music and chair of the university’s Department of Music, which will present eight of its ensembles during the season. “This free series is a perfect way to bring people together on our campus to hear—and feel—how our community can grow stronger through music.”

Carrying the moniker of its namesake performance space, the Silver Hall Concert Series invites audiences into one of the region’s most storied and striking venues—and one of its most technologically advanced. Re-opened after extensive renovations in 2015, the hall, which is the main performance space of the Maltz Center, hosts dozens of events each year—including plays, operas and lectures, in addition to concerts.

Opening the 2019-20 Silver Hall season, the Cleveland Classical Guitar society will present its annual season-opening showcase, featuring Colin Davin, Gruca White Ensemble (flute and guitar) and Cleveland’s own Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux.

Tibetan monks playing instruments around a sand mandala
Mystical Arts of Tibet

As the season continues throughout the academic year, acts such as Cleveland Brass Works, Cincinnati’s Price Hill Duo and the touring Mystical Arts of Tibet round out a varied lineup. Famed mixed chamber ensemble Panarámicos closes the season May 3.

Launched in 2018, the concert series brought 19 music performances to the Maltz Center during its first season, including Western Reserve Chorale, Heights Chamber Orchestra and others.

Visit the Silver Hall Concert Series website to reserve free tickets for the 2019-20 season and find more information on its performers. The full schedule of events is listed below.

Case Western Reserve Department of Music

Students in the university’s Department of Music will account for eight of the performances, with the CWRU Symphonic Winds, Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra and CWRU Choirs participating.

The Case Western Reserve Department of Music resides in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra & CWRU Symphonic Winds

Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

CWRU Symphonic Winds

Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m.

This group of students is composed of both music and non-music majors. Symphonic Winds is dedicated to the performance of the most advanced repertoire written for the wind band medium.

a side view of a choir of college-aged male singers
Case Concert Choir

Case Concert Choir

Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Case Concert Choir maintains a tradition of excellence in performance, strives to improve group and individual musicianship skills, and fosters community-building. Michael Peters, a lecturer in the university’s Department of Music, brings a wealth of knowledge to the podium as an experienced professional vocalist and conductor.

Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m.
Monday, April 20, at 7:30 pm

The Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra play a repertoire drawn from standard orchestral literature, including symphonies, overtures, and suites, as well as contemporary genres, such as rock and jazz. The ensemble also works in collaboration with the Case Concert Choir, Case Jazz Ensembles and other University Circle-affiliated groups.

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society

Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Classical Guitar Society seeks to present world-class performers, and, through its educational program, aims to create momentous experiences for Cleveland-area children.

People For Your Life Gospel Choir

Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

People for Your Life is a faith-based organization that emphasizes scholasticism, community engagement, economic empowerment and mentoring. This organization was founded by Anthony T. Parker and his wife, Antoinette McSears-Parker, who serve as senior pastors of Rhema Fellowship Church in Cleveland.

Lalit Subramanian

Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m.

“Music of South India” is a performance rooted in the rich tradition of South Indian classical music, also known as Carnatic music, which is an expression of the ancient heritage of India through its rich repertoire of compositions created over many centuries.

Mystical Arts of Tibet

Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in south India perform two main programs:

  • The Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing, a two-hour performance particularly renowned for multi-phonic chanting known as zokkay, in which each of the main chantmasters simultaneously intones three notes, thus each individually creating a complete chord;
  • In addition, a mandala sand painting exhibition is also held and begins with a 30-minute consecration featuring chants, music and mantra recitation.

Suburban Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.

Occupying a unique position in the rich musical community of the region, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra seeks to bridge the gap between the area’s renowned professional organizations and its many volunteer ensembles. The orchestra, based at Beachwood High School, has built a solid community following over the past 65 years.

A large assemblage of jazz musicians playing on stage
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

For 35 years, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has strived to be considered Northeast Ohio’s premier jazz voice. Led by Paul Ferguson, the outfit promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, in addition to shepherding young musicians toward the future of jazz.


Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Dhamakapella is a South Asian fusion a capella group that derives influences from Indian classical, contemporary Bollywood, pop, dubstep and electronic genres.

Singers’ Club of Cleveland

Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m.

Throughout its 125-year history, The Singers’ Club of Cleveland has earned a reputation for presenting dynamic young soloists, performing finely-chosen music sung by men’s voices, and for hosting internationally known guest artists.

Even from its early days in the 1890s, the group’s membership has reflected a cross section of the greater Cleveland population, with male singers of varied backgrounds and professions who share a love (and skill) for choral music.


Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Since its 2004 inception, CityMusic Cleveland has carved a distinctive place in the cultural life of Northeast Ohio; the professional chamber orchestra presents free concerts in neighborhoods where access to classical music is lacking and fosters community arts involvement.

Price Hill Duo

Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m.

Price Hill Duo, named for a neighborhood on the west side of Cincinnati, is a violin- cello ensemble that plays original arrangements of classical works, as well as their own compositions. Passionate, distinct and authentic, the Price Hill Duo engages audiences in both casual and formal performance settings.

Cleveland Brass Works

Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Cleveland Brass Works was originally founded as a classical brass quintet in 2008 playing primarily light classical music and show tunes. Drums and percussion were added for depth and style. Over time, the ensemble evolved into a “mini-big band,” playing jazz, rock, funk and Latin. To accentuate the improvisational and solo talents for the members, many of the tunes in their repertoire are arrangements and compositions by the members.


Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed, Panarámicos is a prize-winning, mixed-chamber ensemble for winds, strings, soprano, harp and piano; its innovative programs and recordings have been hailed as “a top pick from North America” by Gramophone.

For more information, contact Daniel Robison at

This article was originally published Aug. 7, 2019.