Most classical music organizations are lying low during Thanksgiving week, but The Cleveland Orchestra will fill the weekend with interesting concerts, and the Christmas season gets a late November leg up with two other events.
Concert organist Paul Jacobs
returns to Severance Hall for three performances of Stephen Paulus’s Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, one of four works the late Twin Cities composer wrote to feature an instrument that can be a whole orchestra in itself. Nashville Symphony music director Giancarlo Guerrero will be the guest conductor, and the program — as varied as a Thanksgiving feast — also includes Aaron Copland’s El Salón México and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. You can hear performances on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25 at 8:00 pm or on Sunday, November 26 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are available online.
Carl Topilow’s Cleveland Pops Orchestra
has a busy agenda for its “Magical, Musical Holiday Pops” concert on Sunday, November 26 at 2:00 pm in the Connor Palace Theatre in Playhouse Square. FOX 8’s Todd Meany will be on hand for a sing-along retelling of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, vocalist Joan Ellison will be featured in popular holiday music, and family fun activities in the lobby will include a toy donation fundraiser, photo ops with Santa, and adorable, adoptable pets from local rescue shelters. Tickets available online.
Back after a few years’ hiatus, TubaChristmas Cleveland
will bring a plethora of euphoniums and tubas to First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights on Sunday, November 26 at 5:30 pm. Birch Browning will lead the ensemble, joined by the CSU Viking Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, J.c. Sherman and Tyler Ferris on serpents (old wind instruments you have to see to believe), flutist Brianna Keith, soprano Rachel Cammarn, baritone Benjamin Ganger, and others for holiday music played by a critical mass of low brass. It will be euphonious, for sure, and it’s free. An offering will be collected toward expenses.
For details of these and other events, visit the ClevelandClassical.com Concert Listings page.