Topic: Cleveland Orchestra Violist Announces Trans-USA Bike Ride

Cleveland Orchestra Violist Announces Trans-USA Fundraising Bicycle Ride
By Vivien Schweitzer
16 May 2007

Cleveland Orchestra violist Richard Waugh has announced a bicycle ride across the United States in honor of Charles Barr, an orchestra bassist who was killed in a bicycle accident last August.

Waugh will undertake a 3,000-mile, 17-day ride to help raise funds for the Musical Arts Association (the parent organization of The Cleveland Orchestra) through the endowment of the newly created Charles Barr Memorial Chair in the orchestra's bass section.

Waugh begins his trip on June 10 in San Diego and heads for Tybee Island, just east of Savannah, Georgia. His average daily ride will be about 170 miles.

Barr, a native of Dallas and graduate of the Curtis Institute, joined the Cleveland Orchestra in July 2002. He was previously principal bass of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.

The Charles Barr Memorial Chair is the first of its kind among the Cleveland's approximately 50 endowed chairs, as funds will not be coming from a single donor but from multiple donors in the community.

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