The Kent/Blossom Music Festival gets into full swing this week with the first of several faculty concerts. On Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 pm in Ludwig Concert Hall on the Kent State University Campus, the two associate concertmasters of The Cleveland Orchestra will be featured in solo and duo music for violin(s) alone, no accompaniment needed. Jung-Min Amy Lee and Peter Otto will play music by J.S. Bach, Jörg Widmann, and Eugène Ysaÿe. Tickets can be reserved online.
The American Lute Society is holding its annual meeting at Case Western Reserve University this week, and several evening concerts are being offered. Two highlights: on Wednesday, June 29, soprano Emma Kirkby will join lutenist Jakob Lindberg in a garland of English lute songs. Then on Thursday, June 30, international lute star Paul O’Dette will revisit a lute extravaganza he originally put together for the 1989 Boston Early Music Festival. Groups of three and four lutes will play Renaissance canzonas and dance music, then two works will feature an ensemble of twenty lutes. Gotta be there. Both concerts are at 7:30 pm in Harkness Chapel, and tickets will be on sale at the door for $20 (general) and $15 (students and seniors).
ChamberFest Cleveland will wrap up its 2016 season with end-of-the-week performances. On Friday, July 1 at 8:00 pm at Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance, “Schubert Journeys” will feature Franz Schubert’s Quartetsatz and Octet, along with a piece by violist-composer Kurt Rohde, his …maestoso…misterioso for amplified violin, amplified viola & assorted items (that means harmonicas, Chinese accordions, gongs, and singing). Rohde will explain it all in a 7:15 pm talk. Then on Saturday, July 2 at 8:00 pm at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, ChamberFest’s grand finale will feature Igor Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale (L’Histoire du Soldat), narrated by Dorothy Silver and featuring life-size puppetry from Talespinner Children’s Theatre and video mapping technology by T. Paul Lowry. Stravinsky shares the program with music by Antonin Dvořák, Cleveland native Eric Ewazen, and an arrangement by Brandon Ridenour of Bach’s “Agnus Dei” from the Mass in b minor for trumpet, violin, and bass. Tickets to both events can be reserved online.
If you’re 17 and under, you get in free on July 2 (with Mitchell’s Ice Cream provided for all ages afterwards).
To end its current summer season with a bang, the faculty orchestra of Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute will present J.S. Bach’s Mass in b minor in Warner Concert Hall at the Oberlin Conservatory on Friday, July 1 at 7:30 pm. Usually performed with a large choir and orchestra, Bach’s masterwork will be played and sung with one singer and one period instrumentalist on each part, a treatment that musicologist Joshua Rifkin — otherwise famous for rediscovering Scott Joplin’s rags and arranging for Judy Collins — proposed a few decades ago, inspiring a brawl at a scholarly conference. BPI artistic director Kenneth Slowik will conduct, and tickets are $10 at the door.
The Blossom Music Festival opens its gates next weekend with identical concerts by The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday and Saturday evenings, July 2 and 3 at 8:00 pm. Guest conductor Johannes Debus will lead the ensemble in Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (the Arabian Nights tale of the damsel who kept her head by telling one cliff-hanger story after another), Dmitri Shostakovich’s Suite No. 1 for Variety Orchestra (i.e. Theater Orchestra), and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture (with cannon during and fireworks after the performance — if the weather cooperates). Lawn and pavilion tickets are available online
, and if you’re under 18, lawn tickets are free (two admissions for every adult ticket purchased).
For details of these and many other events, visit the ClevelandClassical.com Concert Listings page.