Stars in the Classics
showcases young classical musicians who are living or studying in Northeast Ohio. There are two “Classical Cabaret” concerts on the books this summer in the attractive, octagonal council chambers of Orange Village Hall (4600 Lander Road). On Friday, July 17 at 7:30 pm, the roster includes Filip Lazovski & Aniela Eddy, violins, Sarah Toy, viola, James Jaffe & Ryan Louie, cellos, Alex Liedtke, oboe, Henry Samuels, double bass, Zsolt Bognar & John Simmons, piano, Stanislav Golovin, clarinet, & Joshua Stauffer, guitar, and the playlist reaches from Ponchielli and Brahms to Milhaud and Shostakovich. Tickets include food and drink. Reserve by calling 216.702.7047 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kent/Blossom Festival
is getting back into vocal music after a gap of several years, and its re-entry vehicle is Gioachino Rossini’s one-act comedy, La Cambiale di Matrimonio (a.k.a. The Marriage Contract). The composer wrote it over the course of a few days at the tender age of 18 (he wasted his old age, not his youth!) The cast includes Frank Ward Jr. (Tobia Mill), Lara Troyer (Fanny), Timothy Culver (Edoardo Milfort), Brian Keith Johnson (Slook), Benjamin Czarnota (Norton) & Denise Milner Howell (Clarina), and the show will have only a single performance, on Saturday, July 18 at 3:00 pm in Ludwig Recital Hall at Kent State University. Order tickets online.
The Cleveland Orchestra’s off to New York
this week to perform at the Lincoln Center Festival, but vocalist & pianist Michael Feinstein will fill its usual Saturday evening slot at Blossom on July 18 at 8:00 pm with a centennial tribute to Frank Sinatra. Feinstein is good at this — he’s been nominated for five Grammy awards and has a number of platinum discs to his credit. And with a wealth of Sinatra songs to choose from, Feinstein won’t be at any loss for material. Tickets here.
It’s a classical double-header at the Bop Stop
on Sunday, July 19. At 3:00 pm, the Decho Ensemble will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolph Sax, who invented and gave his name to the saxophone. The quartet (Sarah Marchitelli, Jake Swanson, Nicholas Childs & Jared Yackiw) will perform music by Philip Glass, Jean Baptiste Singelée, a new work by Dan Knorr, and arrangements of pieces by J.S. Bach and Astor Piazzolla on vintage Buescher instruments. At 8:00 that evening, the new music trio, Chartreuse (Myra Hinrichs, violin, Carrie Frey, viola & Helen Newby, cello, all Oberlin grads) will take over to present new works by Peter Swendsen, Matthew Chamberlain, Luke Carlson & Theo Chandler — all based on water — as well as newly minted pieces by Nicholas Benavides & Bethany Younge. Order tickets for the 3:00 show here
, and for the 8:00 performance here
. (PS: Eastsiders can catch the Decho Ensemble the evening before, Saturday, July 18 at 7:00 pm when they play the same program in Tucker Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. Freewill offering.)
Thanks to the Kent/Blossom Festival and the Kent Piano Institute,
piano lovers can enjoy a free recital by Stanislav Khristenko, gold medalist in the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition, on Sunday, July 19 at 7:30 pm in Ludwig Recital Hall on the Kent State campus. The Ukrainian-born artist will serve up a summery program that includes Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s Bamboula, Op. 2 & Le Banjo, Op. 15, Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata in e-flat, Op. 26, Philip Glass’s Metamorphosis, Nos. 1 & 2 & George Gershwin’s Songbook, 18 Song Hits arranged by the composer. It’s free, and no tickets are needed.