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The rare combination of concert-level piano ability and acting skills honed on the Canadian Yiddish theater circuit opened the door to Hershey Felder's trilogy "The Composer Sonata." After his first two installments — Gershwin Alone and Monsieur Chopin — did well here in 2007-2008, Felder comes back to the Cleveland Play House this week to open its 2009-2009 season with the final work in the musical-biographical trilogy, Beethoven, as I Knew Him. Felder based the one-man show an 1874 book, Memories of Beethoven: From the House of the Black-Robed Spaniards, by Gerhard von Breuning — the son of the composer's neighbor, who was 12 years old and had been visiting the composer daily for years at the time of his death. Felder plays the role of von Breuning, telling the composer's story — especially his battle with deafness — from the young friend's point of view. Joel Zwick, Felder's collaborater for the entire trilogy, directs. It opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and runs through Oct. 4 at the Bolton Theatre (8500 Euclid Ave., 216.795.7000, Tickets: $44-$51.

We're hard pressed to think of a public entity that has been so effective at integrating public art into its projects as the Regional Transit Authority. RTA has commissioned artists to enhance transit stations throughout the system, including the Euclid Corridor. Stations have neighborhood-appropriate ceramic-tile installations like Gregory Aliberti's mosaic jumble of Ohio City and Detroit-Shoreway architecture at the West 65th EcoVillage stop or Angelica Pozo's terrazzo hand at East 9th along the Waterfront Line. A new call to artists seeks site-specific ideas for a plum site — the Blue Line station on a bridge at the intersection of Lee Road and Van Aken Boulevard. They're looking for ideas that are harmonious in context, so it's worth a trip out there before sending something in. For a proposal package, go to Contact Teresa Burrage (, 216.5656.5187). Deadline: 4 p.m. Sept. 28.

If you care about preserving and presenting the region's significant art, mark your calendar and make your reservation for the Cleveland Artist Foundation's Argentum benefit from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Trinity Cathedral (2230 Euclid Ave.). Argentum — latin for silver — marks CAF's 25th anniversary. Tickets: $100-$250. Go to for information and reservations.

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