"This was a captivating evening of music presented by skilled and friendly performers in an intimate setting. No Exit performs with complete commitment to its repertory but doesn’t take itself too seriously either — something that really draws an audience into what they’re doing."
Daniel Hathaway, Clevelandclassical.com
Since its inception, the idea behind No Exit has been to serve as an outlet for the commission and performance of contemporary avant-garde concert music. Now in our 11th season and with well over 140 commissions to date, we have strived to create exciting, meaningful and thought-provoking programs; always with the philosophy of bringing the concert hall to the community (not the other way around) and by presenting our programs in a manner which allows for our audience to really connect with the experience……… free and open to the public in every sense.
Over the years we’ve presented music which represents the gamut of the avant-garde: from the impish and mirthful jazz stylings of Raymond Scott to the cerebral hypercomplexity of Brian Ferneyhough (and just about everything in-between). We’ve sought to give voice to those composers who we feel really have something to say, whether they be young composers at the beginning of their journey, established composers at the height of their abilities, or venturing into the past by exploring new ways of sharing the unconventional and innovative music of the early twentieth-century’s artistic vanguard, which has led to the commission of exciting contemporary re-imaginings of music by Erik Satie and Eric Dolphy, to name a few.
While we have delighted in bringing what we do here in Cleveland to other locales (both national and international), our emphasis has always been on serving the community in Northeast Ohio. No Exit has formed many longstanding and fruitful partnerships with individuals and organizations in the Greater Cleveland area which has in turn, played an essential role in our success in bringing unique programming to audiences in Northeast Ohio. As in past years, we will continue our efforts to nurture the development of young composers and musicians from the area through workshops, student readings and master classes.
For our 2019-2020 season, No Exit will be welcoming a very special guest, cimbalom virtuoso Chester Englander, who will be performing with No Exit over the next two seasons as part of an ambitious project to commission and record 2 CD’s of all new work. As always, there will be more world premiere music than you can count on one hand (we have 10 new works planned for this season). We are particularly happy to be presenting the music of 5 very impressive and talented student composers from Northeast Ohio, representing various colleges from the area. As in past seasons, the ensemble will be participating in the NEOSonicFest, collaborating with Zeitgeist (our favorite co-consprirators) and so much more.
No Exit is grateful to have such an enthusiastic and engaged audience. We have so many extraordinary things in store for you, so keep listening!
Thank you for your support.