HUDSON — Music from The Western Reserve will showcase Dane Johansen on cello as the opening concert in its 35th season, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora Street in Hudson. 

Formerly the cellist of the Escher String Quartet for five years, Johansen recently joined The Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of March 2016.

Johansen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on five continents and in more than 20 countries, in venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center. The New York Times acclaimed him for his "brave virtuosity" and "staggering aplomb."

A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Johansen has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and at the Juilliard School, where he earned his artist diploma. He was the first winner of the Julliard Leo Ruiz Memorial Award, where he made his Carnegie Hall debut. In November of 2016 he performed William Walton’s Cello Concerto, where he made his first debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The love of J.S. Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello has taken much dedication from Johansen for many years starting when he was a young child. The suites have been recently celebrated by Johansen in his recent documentary Strangers on the Earth, which aired at the Cleveland Film Festival this past year. Johansen led a musical pilgrimage in May of 2014 called The Walk to Fisterra, where he walked 580 miles along the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain with his cello on his back, performing Bach’s Suites in ancient churches along the way.

Johansen is prepared to show a portion of his documentary of Strangers on the Earth during his performance for Music from The Western Reserve. Johansen will perform J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites Nos. 1, 4 and 6.

Tickets will be on sale starting Sept. 1 and can be purchased at www.mftwr.org, the Learned Owl Book Shop at 204 N. Main Street in Hudson or at the door.

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