The Cleveland Orchestra just left for a major European Tour (to play concerts in Brussels, Luxembourg, Milan, Paris, Cologne, Dortmund, Regensburg, and Vienna), but there are plenty of other events to keep classical music fans busy for the next three weeks while they are gone. Here are five (and some of them are multiple performances) to catch this week.
The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
will hold down the fort at Severance Hall on Wednesday, October 14 at 8:00 pm, when former Cleveland Orchestra assistant conductor Yoel Levi returns to lead the ensemble in a special “Violins of Hope” program with Rabbi Roger C. Klein as host and soloists Cihat Askin and Caroline Goulding, violins, and Raphael Wallfisch, cello. The program will include Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, J. S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in d (second movement), the traditional Hebrew Avinu Malkeinu, Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, Op. 45, Pablo Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 in F, Op. 50, and the third and fourth movements of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in c-sharp. The concert is free, but you’ll need to order tickets through the Severance box office.
Cleveland’s baroque orchestra, Apollo’s Fire
, opens its season with the first of four performances of “Splendor of Venice: An Orchestral Extravaganza” on Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 pm at Fairlawn Lutheran Church (in Fairlawn). Director and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell will join soloists Olivier Brault, Julie Andrijeski, and Johanna Novom, violins, Kathie Stewart, flute, Debra Nagy, oboe, and Marc Vallon, bassoon, in virtuosic concertos by Marco Uccellini, Evaristo dall’Abaco, Pietro Locatelli, and the ever-popular “red priest,” Antonio Vivaldi. You can also catch them when they repeat the program at Fairmount Presbyterian in Cleveland Heights on Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17 at 8:00 pm, and at Rocky River Presbyterian on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 pm. Tickets can be ordered online
Cleveland’s other itinerant orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland,
also begins a four-concert trek around town on Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 pm at Lakewood Congregational Church, playing two standard orchestral works under the baton of Avner Dorman. Violinist Sayaka Shoji will step into the spotlight for Johannes Brahms’s beloved concerto, and the orchestra will complete the evening with Robert Schumann’s first symphony, subtitled (go figure) “Spring.” Three other performances will follow: on Friday, October 16 at 7:30 pm at St. Noel’s in Willoughby Hills, on Saturday, October 17 at 8:00 pm at St. Stanislaus in Slavic Village, and on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 pm at Gesu Church in University Heights. Free admission, but they’ll gladly accept donations.
Choreographer David Shimotakahara and GroundWorks Dance Theater
have been busy working on the company’s own contribution to the Violins of Hope Project. Their new piece, with original music by Israeli composer Oded Zehavi, will be premiered on Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17 at 8:00 pm at the Allen Theater in Playhouse Square. You can reserve tickets online
The Tri-C Classical Piano Series
opens its new season on Sunday, October 18 at 2:00 pm in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art. First up on the four-concert series curated by pianist Emanuela Friscioni is a French program played by the South American duo-piano team of Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhães (music by César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, Francis Poulenc, and Maurice Ravel). A piano recital makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon diversion, and you can combine this free performance with lunch in the atrium and a walk around the museum’s collection.
Check out a complete two-week calendar of classical music events here.