The Five Best Classical Music Events to Hit This Week

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The editors of ClevelandClassical.com drop by every week to point you toward five of the must-see classical events around Northeast Ohio. Here are their picks:

Spring Operas. Baldwin Wallace and the Cleveland Institute of Music have picked Mozart operas for their spring titles — one comic, one serious. CIM’s David Bamberger takes on La clemenza di Tito in Kulas Hall beginning on Wednesday, February 25 at 8, and BW’s Benjamin Wayne Smith launches La finta giardinera at the Kleist Center in Berea beginning on Thursday, February 26 at 7:30. Each show is scheduled for a four-day run with alternating casts. Click here for CIM tickets, here for BW tickets.

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a Youngstown native who now stars at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, sings concert arias and art songs with pianist Kevin Murphy on the Tuesday Musical Series at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron on Thursday, February 26 at 7:30. Among the highlights: Alberto Ginastera’s “Popular Songs of Argentina,” and Damien Sneed’s contemporary takes on five spirituals. Buy tickets online here.

Quire Cleveland. Nobody’s sure how a collection of erotic poetry ended up in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Bible, but this group of professional vocalists will sing delicious settings of The Song of Songs from the last six centuries. Guest conductor David Fallis of the Toronto Consort leads the ensemble in two free concerts: Friday, February 27 at 7:30 at St. John’s Cathedral in Cleveland, and Saturday, February 28 at St. Bernard’s Church in Akron. More information here.

Bang on a Can All-Stars. The dynamic, seven-member avant-garde ensemble from New York brings innovative music by David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Kate Moore, Steve Martland & Philip Glass to the Oberlin Artist Recital Series in Finney Chapel on February 28 at 8. Ticket information here.



Renga Ensemble. Composer James Falzone and his Chicago-based jazz and improvised music ensemble of clarinets and saxophones will play Falzone’s meditations on Anita Virgil’s “Haiku” and original improvisations at the Bop Stop on March 1 at 7. Tickets at the door or online.

Check out the details of these and many other classical concerts in Northeast Ohio on ClevelandClassical.com’s Concert Listings page.

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