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Classical Music in a Classical Place

When: Sat., Aug. 20 2011

For a scholar and musician, giving a mandatory lecture recital is a dry, didactic thing. It's another thing entirely, says baroque oboist Sian Ricketts, to give a voluntary concert "of music I know, like, and want to share with others." That's the program tonight at Harkness Chapel, as the 25-year-old Ricketts — a native Minnesotan who is pursuing a graduate degree in historical performance practices at CWRU — performs some of her favorite pieces. Joining her on stage will be some of her favorite colleagues and instructors: preeminent early oboist Debra Nagy, soprano Elena Mullins, harpsichordist Peter Bennett, and Daniel Escobar on cello and gamba. Highlights of the two-hour program include an early trio sonata in D minor and an Italian cantata that's "all about love." Ricketts can hardly wait. "What better way to spend one of the last evenings of summer than making beautiful music in a wonderful space?" Tonight's recital is free and open to the public; the music begins at 7 p.m. — Cicora 11200 Bellflower Rd.

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