The Orchestra at Blossom and Four More Classical Music Events to Put On Your Calendar This Week


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The Kent/Blossom Music Festival
continues with faculty, student, and guest recitals this week. On Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 pm in Ludwig Recital Hall at Kent State University, the Miami String Quartet — Benny Kim and Cathy Meng Robinson, violins, Scott Lee, viola, and Keith Robinson, cello — will keep its annual date with pianist Spencer Myer for Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet in f, Op. 95, Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quartet in g, Op. 25, and a 2010 work by Gabriela Lena Frank called Milagros. You can purchase tickets online.

Student recitals on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 9 at 2:00 pm, and Sunday, July 10 at both 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm will provide the summer’s first hearing of what young chamber music performers have learned so far from their coaching sessions. All are scheduled for Ludwig Recital Hall, except for Sunday at 2:00 pm, which moves to the Hudson Library and Historical Society. Student performances are free.

Not to be missed is next Wednesday’s Kulas Guest Artist performance by Time For Three, when violinists Nikki Chooi and Nicholas Kendall join bassist Ranaan Meyer in a genre-crossing performance in Cartwright Auditorium on July 13 at 7:30 pm. The concert is free, but you’ll need to reserve tickets by calling 330.672.2787.

The sounds of Belgium and Holland come to University Circle on Friday and Sunday as the summer series of free McGaffin Carillon Concerts gets underway at the Church of the Covenant. On Friday, July 8 at 12:15 pm and Sunday, July 10 at 11:00 am, carillonneur George Leggiero will bring out fistfuls of notes from the 47 tuned bells, including George Gershwin’s Summertime. Also new this summer: Chief Grey Wolf’s food truck will be parked in the Covenant lot to fill your lunchtime needs, and you can visit the tower after the concert to see the inner workings of a carillon. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome.

The Cleveland Orchestra gets down to serious business this summer with the first of three [email protected] performances and a Saturday evening at Blossom. On Friday, July 8 at 7:00 pm, Franz Welser-Möst will lead the Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus in Johannes Brahms’s A German Requiem at Severance Hall, opening the program with Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration. Drinks and food will be available on the front terrace before and after the performance. And on Saturday at 8:00 pm at Blossom, Welser-Möst will mark his only Blossom performance of the season with Thomas Adès’s Overture, Waltz, and Finale from Powder Her Face (an opera based on a 1963 British sex scandal), Béla Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony. Tickets can be had online.

The summer’s only gallery concert at Heights Arts (2175 Lee Road) on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 pm will feature the Gruca White Ensemble. Robert Gruca, classical guitar, and Linda White, flute, will play a fascinating program of music based on folk idioms from Eastern Europe and Japan, by Dusan Bogdanovic, Béla Bartók, and Masamitu Takahashi, and American klezmer music by Carl Dimow. A freewill offering will be appreciated.

To support its educational programs, the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society will hold a benefit afternoon at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday, July 10. The unusual event will begin at 2:00 pm with a meet and greet over hors d’oeuvres. Guitarist Denis Azabagic will play a recital at 3:00 pm, followed by food and Brazilian jazz by Moises Borges at 4:00 (the animals will be listening in as well). Tickets are $50 for individuals, $100 for families (includes any number of guests), and $250 for patrons (who can also bring as many people along as they like). Tickets and more information here.

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

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