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Cleveland Orchestra makes up for rainout with stylish kickoff to Blossom Music Festival (review)

07.02.17
Aaron Diehl
the Plain Dealer

Mother Nature didn't spoil every effort by the Cleveland Orchestra Independence Day weekend.

For serious Gershwin fans, meanwhile, the undoubted highlight of the evening was the composer's jazz-infused Concerto in F, as rendered by Ohio native Aaron Diehl. In his Cleveland debut, the pianist sometimes labored to transcend the orchestra, but what he brought forth was right on the money, a responsive and virtuosic interpretation marked by keen vitality and intimate communication with his peers.

The impression he left was a bold one. In jazz clubs especially, one suspects Diehl is something of a force of nature, a spirit akin to Friday's storms, powerful enough to bring down the house.
 
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