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Valley House Concert Features Gypsy Jazz in Unique Setting

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Date: January 16, 2013
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell)
Contact: Jared Slanina, Conservancy, 330-657-2909 ext. 109

Ed Caner
Courtesy Star Tribune

Brecksville, Ohio - On Sunday, January 20, 2013, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will host their monthly house concert featuring former CVNP Artist-in-Residence Ed Caner who serves as both musician and host. The series, which occurs on the third Sunday of every month through May, highlights local guest performers and different styles of music in the intimate setting of a restored bank barn, on the Hines Hill Campus. The concert start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: $8 adults, $6 Conservancy members. Advance sales are recommended and are available by calling 330-657-2909. Seating is limited. This facility is not wheelchair accessible. For updated ticket availability information, call the Cultural Arts Hotline at (330) 650-4636, ext. 228. The hotline is updated at 2 p.m. the day of every concert and is intended to inform callers of sold-out events or weather-related cancellations.

Violinist/Fiddler Ed Caner has been labeled by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as, "One of the most versatile musicians on the planet." During the past 15 years, he has performed as a sideman for over 50 major acts, including Smokey Robinson, Page and Plant, Natalie Cole, Luciano Pavarotti, Mel Torme, Ray Price, and Leftover Salmon. He served as interim Concertmaster of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and performed as section violinist with The Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Ballet, and Cleveland Opera Orchestra. Ed has also performed over 750 shows as soloist with Michael Stanley, Wayne Newton (Las Vegas), The New Barleycorn (Ireland/USA), and the Broadway musical, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (New York/Cleveland). Most recently, he is a founding member of the band Hey Mavis.

Joining Ed this month will be fiddler and mandolin player John Reynolds and string bass and guitar player Kevin Johnson. John, in addition to running the music program at CVNP for many years, has played locally in a variety of bands including the Crooked River Stompers and Rio Neon. Kevin, a magna cum laude graduate from Bowling Green State University's Jazz Studies program has played around the world working on cruise ships, touring Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, and Europe. This evening will feature Kevin and John joining Ed to feature the music of Jazz greats Django Rheinhardt and Duke Ellington and others.

Hines Hill Conference Center is located at 1403 W. Hines Hill Road in Peninsula. This is approximately one mile east of Riverview Road. CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.

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Did You Know?

Photo of Bald Eagle taken in Cuyahoga Valley National Park where an eagle pair built their first nest in 2006. Photo by Martin Trimmer.

November is the time to be on the lookout for bald eagles performing aerial courtship displays. Once eagles have selected each other, they plunge through the air in very high dives, locking their talons and breaking apart just when it looks as though they will crash to the ground.