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In an evening of music, history and live performances, the educational website CelloBello will present an event celebrating the history of the Cleveland Quartet on Wednesday 29 November at Reinberger Chamber Hall in Severance Music Center. The event marks a reunion of the quartet, which has not performed since it disbanded in 1995.

At the centre of the event will be the premiere screening of Notes from Behind the Iron Curtain, a documentary that offers a look into the journey of the Cleveland Quartet during its 1988 Soviet Tour. The exclusive documentary will uncover never-before-seen footage and provide audiences with a deep and intimate understanding of the quartet’s musical and cultural impact during the Cold War era.

Following the screening, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with Cleveland Quartet members featured in the film, violinists Donald Weilerstein, Peter Salaff, violist James Dunham and cellist Paul Katz, who plan to share their experiences, challenges and anecdotes.

The event will also feature live performances by The Weilerstein Trio with Donald, Vivian and Alisa Weilerstein and a cello ensemble featuring cellists of the Cleveland Orchestra: Mark Kosower, Richard Weiss, Charles Bernard, and Bryan Dumm.

Proceeds of the event will support CelloBello, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to fostering excellence in cello performance and education. It is free and accessible to everyone, and provides lessons, masterclasses, interviews and interactive livestreamed chats with artist-teachers from the solo, chamber music, orchestral and teaching professions. Members of the Cleveland Quartet, Weilerstein Trio and Cleveland Orchestra cellists are all donating their services in support of this fundraising event.

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This article was amended on 22 November 2023 from a previous version that incorrectly mentioned the Cleveland Quartet’s 1990 Soviet tour.

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