IMG_1990On Wednesday, June 25, Mike Telin had the opportunity to attend a ChamberFest Cleveland rehearsal of Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera for String Quartet and Pipa, with Water, Stones, Paper and Metal, which will be presented in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music on Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 pm. The performance will feature the world premiere of choreography by GroundWorks Dance Theater artistic director David Shimotakahara. The performance promises to be an emotional experience. Tan Dun’s music is captivating and the choreography adds a new and wonderful dimension to the music. The production is a collaboration that requires a lot of sharing of ideas between the musicians, the dancers and the collective. As violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti said, “I’ve never done anything like this before. You can only prepare so much at home, because everything needs to be discussed with your colleagues. But we’re all having a great time!” (Click on the images to enlarge.)