Meet brand new Chagrin Falls adjacent homeowner Andrew Sords. On second thought, you can’t meet him due to current plague conditions but, remember his name.
Andrew is a professional violinist and career soloist who has performed on four continents and collaborated with 300 orchestras
Now he has some interesting plans to enrich the arts and culture scene around here. So pay attention.
Everyone has one of those “how-I-found-Chagrin Falls” stories and so does Andrew Sords but his has a twist. He and his husband Daniel Singer, also a musician, moved into their new home in Chagrin Fallsduring this pandemic we are all still are living with.
Since he can tell it better than I can paraphrase the story, we decided a question and answer format might work best and will give you a sense of Andrew Sords.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR“MOVING EXPERIENCE.”
Moving under normal circumstances is always an adventure with stresses and logistics. That said, I wouldn’t recommend moving during a pandemic.
We moved in phases once we closed - artwork one day, sheet music the next, concert clothes the next, and so on. When we were ready for the movers, we stopped just short of requiring hazmat suits.
After the move, andbeing the neat freak that I am, I took a spray bottle of”Method” to each and every surface.Moving in a pandemic was made-for-TV.
A GERMAPHOBIC NEAT FREAK, TELL US MORE?
I was raised in Shaker Heights, went to Shaker Heights High School and then the Cleveland Institute of Music. I am acareer violin soloist, have performed on four continents and collaborated with 300 orchestras.
WHAT IS THE LONG VERSION OF WHY YOU MOVED TO CHAGRIN FALLS?
My husband spent his 20’s living and working in Chicago and I’ve been a Cleveland resident for much of my life; we got intrigued with the idea of having a big yard on a quiet street removed from the urban hustle and bustle.
We took my in-laws on a stroll of downtown Chagrin Falls, and we were all seduced by the charm, the New England colonial architecture and the warm community.
My aunt, and our realtor, messaged me in January saying she found a century house with a lot of character, a large yard and walking distance to downtown. We were hooked!
SO, ABOUT YOUR IDEA FOR CHAGRIN FALLS?
I have tremendous memories of appearing for the enterprising Chagrin Concert Series, both with pianist Eriko Izumida and mezzo soprano Lara Nie. This is an appreciative community.
My goal is to produce eclectic and elegant performances utilizing the talents of my inspiring colleagues: from Beethoven to Broadway; inviting area choruses like Quire Cleveland and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus and giving a platform for budding soloists to appear.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING DURING STAY-AT-HOME?
What a bizarre time we are living in.I can empathize with the traveling musicians during the world wars that had their tours stymied by an external influence. I am reading through musical scores and memorizing works for 2021 concerts and finding motivation by listening to recordings both new and old The Cleveland Orchestra recordings from the (George) Szell era which is elevating.I have the fiddle under my chin every day.
Social distancing sure throws a wrench into the usual rehearsals I would have with area colleagues - and it is perhaps that interaction I miss most - the musical connection.
WHAT NON-MUSIC ACTIVITIES DO YOU ENJOY?
Wetravel - to my family home in northern Ontario; to the Caribbean each year; and several weeks in California. I could eat sushi daily; I’m a voracious reader and with our cats, Louie and Mimi, there’s never a dull moment.In normal times, we attend as many live concert events as we can whether it’s the Broadway, pop or rock and plays.
DID I MISS ANYTHING?
We are thrilled for our new chapter here in Chagrin Falls and hope to make this area a little more musical with entertainment and performances alike. And our proclivity for dining out nearly every day, I imagine we will be regulars in both CF and Bainbridge restaurants.