The Ohio Light Opera Does Cole Porter and Five Other Classical Music Events Not to Miss This Week


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After a short break, classical music events start revving up again this week with the beginning of several summer concert series and the inauguration of a city-wide day devoted to music in many guises in many venues.

The second edition of Oberlin Conservatory’s Milt Hinton Day, an every-other-year celebration of the life and legacy of one of America’s outstanding jazz bassists and photographers of the jazz scene, begins on Thursday, June 16 at 1:00 pm with a tour of the museum quality photographs in Oberlin’s Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton Collection at the Allen Art Museum. Artifacts from the Hinton Collection ranging from his datebooks to pay stubs and other memorabilia can be viewed beginning at 2:30 (meet in the conservatory lounge), and a 60-minute film, “Keeping Time: The Life, Music, and Photographs of Milt Hinton” will be screened at 4:30 in Hallock Auditorium (122 Elm Street). The day will conclude with a Hinton Celebration Concert in Warner Concert Hall at 7:30 pm featuring faculty of the 2016 Hinton Bass Institute, and a 10:00 pm jam session and reception in the Warner lobby. Read more about the day here. All the events are free.

Soprano and Newfoundland native Meredith Hall will join Sylvain Bergeron of Montréal’s Ensemble La Nef, fiddler Susanna Gilmore, flutist Kathie Stewart, hammered dulcimer player Tina Bergmann, and members of Apollo’s Fire’s Countryside Ensemble in “My Island Home: Songs and Stories of Newfoundland,” the first of two summer programs of folk fare presented by Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra. There are six concerts, beginning with three at the Baroque Music Barn in Hunting Valley on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 pm, Friday, June 17 at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 pm, and moving on to Avon Lake United Church of Christ on Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 pm, Geauga Lyric Theatre on Sunday, June 19 at 7:30 pm, and Bath Church UCC on Monday, June 20 at 7:30 pm. Check out’s interview with Meredith Hall here. Tickets can be ordered online.

The fifth season of ChamberFest Cleveland, the brainchild of former Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen and his daughter Diana (concertmaster of the Calgary Symphony), gets underway on Thursday, June 16 with the first of thirteen themed concerts featuring a star-studded list of the Cohens’ world-class colleagues. This year’s theme is “Tales and Legends, ” and there are many stories to be told during the next two weeks. “Schumann Fantasies” launches the series on Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 pm at Mixon Hall of the Cleveland Institute of Music, followed by “To My Distant Beloved” (featuring Beethoven’s song cycle of the same name) on Friday, June 17 at 8:00 pm in Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall; “Isaac’s Dreams” (featuring music by Osvaldo Golijov and Merima Ključo) on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 pm at the new Maltz Performing Arts Center in University Circle; and a Movie Night (with pianist Matan Porat improvising a score to Buster Keaton’s silent film Steamboat Bill, Jr.) on Monday, June 20 at 8:00 pm at Dobama Theater in Cleveland Heights. Festival speaker Patrick Castillo talks about the music 45 minutes before the concerts on most evenings. More highlights to come next week. Tickets can be ordered online.

Fans of operetta (the musical theater genre, unlike opera, in which most stories have a happy ending) can enjoy seven different shows this summer in Freedlander Theater at the College of Wooster. Ohio Light Opera launches its season on Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 pm with Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate (based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew). After that, OLO will roll out a new title every week until by July 27 all seven are running in repertory. Check out the schedule and reserve tickets here.

ENCORE Chamber Music, a new summer program directed by violinist Jinjoo Cho, opens its six-week inaugural season at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 pm with an opening night celebration featuring the Miró String Quartet — formed at Oberlin and CIM, and now one of the best young quartets in the business. Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violins, John Largess, viola, and Joshua Gindele, cello, will treat the audience of quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms. Tickets are available online.

Thirty years after the idea was established in France by the Ministry of Culture, Make Music Day comes to Cleveland with a variety of performances in venues all over the metropolitan area on the Summer Solstice, Tuesday, June 21. The list is dynamic and still growing, but you can check out the up-to-date listings here.

For details of these and many other events, visit the Concert Listings page.

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