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Speaker Series: “Pull Back the Curtain- Turning Passion into Purpose” with Liza Grossman

February 27, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


How a musician turned her out-of-the-box music interests into an educational platform for student success and personal happiness.

About Liza Grossman, Founder of Kaboom Collective:

Kaboom Collective has its roots in the vision and experience of Liza Grossman who has a long history of pioneering innovative programming as a conductor and producer. She works with the iconic band Styx as tour conductor and has worked with popular artists including Jason Mraz, Melissa Etheridge, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Graham Nash, Tommy Shaw, Jon Anderson, Pat Benatar, Bootsy Collins, Jefferson Starship and Styx. She has worked with composers including Joan Tower, Bernard Rands, Michael Daugherty and Christopher Rouse. She has commissioned and conducted over 500 world premieres, 21 concerti with Cleveland Orchestra members, nationally recognized musicians and prominent jazz soloists; full scale works of Pulitzer Prize recipients and works by young and emerging composers.

She has been a guest conductor for orchestras including the Nashville Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony and the Colorado Symphony. She has conducted in venues including Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center, Schermerhorn Hall, and Red Rocks Amphitheater. As a violist, Grossman has performed, recorded and toured with artists including Bernadette Peters, Kansas, Gerald LeVert, The Three Tenors and YES.

She founded Contemporary Youth Orchestra where she served as Executive Director and Music Director for over two decades. Liza has also received three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, the Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement, Young Audiences Sunshine Award for Excellence in Education, and The Cleveland Arts Prize.

She can be seen on AXSTV, VH-1 Classic, PBS and Palladia.

Learn more about The Kaboom Collective:  https://kaboomcollective.org/

These programs are offered for free to the public thanks to the generosity of Toby and Melanie Maloney. However, a donation to Fairmount is always appreciated as we continue to serve you in our mission to enrich lives through the ARTS.


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