Stephen Eva, who's mostly known as musical director and conductor of the private Hermit Club Symphony Orchestra, has announced a new musical venture, the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra. He's aiming for concerts in a relaxed atmosphere, featuring guest artists, singers and multimedia presentations. Eva's sister, Priscilla Eva, will serve as concertmaster. She's known around town as a violinist who has performed with the Cleveland Pops, PlayhouseSquare pit orchestras and the Blossom Festival Orchestra. She has also toured with the Vienna Boys Choir and the New York City Opera Touring Company.
CFSO will be a volunteer-driven nonprofit, working with the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. They'll give their first concert Sunday, a program of seasonal favorites called Here We Go a Wassailing. It's at 7 p.m. Sunday at CVLT (40 River St., Chagrin Falls). Visiting artists are harp and flute duo Jocelyn Chang and Michael Leese who, in addition to playing with the orchestra, will give a pre-concert performance at 6:15 p.m. The concert will also feature vocalists Ryann Angelotti, Pat Mazzarino and Bridgette Davis. Tickets: $15. Call 440.247.8955 or go to cvlt.org.
PlayhouseSquare is once again hosting the annual International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase January 21-24, where schools and performing-arts organizations that book kids' shows can check out a wide range of age-appropriate and often educational programs. You can get free tickets to attend the performances, including Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Rennie Harris Puremovement hip-hop dance company, a puppet adaptation of Jean Giono's classic The Man Who Planted Trees, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, The Ugly Ducklings' Dancing Cabaret by Montreal's Cas Public contemporary dance ensemble, Slingsby Theatre Co.'s The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, the Dream Jam Band, Inlet Dance Theatre and more. For schedule and tickets, go to the PlayhouseSquare ticket office (1519 Euclid Ave.) or visit playhousesquare.org.
MCs and poetry-reading hosts trying to get in touch with local poets find that the Yellow Pages doesn't have a section for them. Enter Green Panda Press. Editor Bree is currently compiling a directory of poets that will be available at local bookstores. Poets interested in a listing should send their names (or stage names) and contact information to [email protected] Deadline is January 15. Bree says the book will be available February 1.