Apollo's Fire Gets in the Holiday Spirit and Five More Classical Music Events for the Week


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It’s not exactly opera, but The Cleveland Opera is currently touring a staged and costumed performance of two of Robert Schumann’s song cycles around Northeast Ohio. Soprano Dorota Sobieska and tenor Brian Skoog will act out Frauenliebe und -Leben (“Woman’s Love and Life”), and Dichterliebe (“Poet’s Love”) with Jacek Sobieski at the piano. Four of the ten performances remain: on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm at the Beachwood Public Library, on Friday, December 1 at 7:30 pm at First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights, on Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 pm at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus in Cleveland, and on Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 pm at Valley Lutheran Church in Chagrin Falls. An offering will be received at all of the performances.

Pianist Jonathan Biss and guest conductor Fabio Luisi will visit The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall for performances on Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 pm. Biss will take on Salvatore Sciarrino’s Piano Concerto: Il sogno di Stradella — inspired by Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto — and Luisi will lead a Cleveland Orchestra specialty, Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, nicknamed “The Romantic.” Tickets can be ordered online.

In between those Cleveland Orchestra performances, the orchestral musicians of tomorrow will take over Severance Hall, as conductor Vinay Parameswaran makes his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. The kids aren’t fooling around — their program includes a Beethoven Overture, Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1, and selections from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. Tickets for the 8:00 pm concert on Friday, December 1 can be ordered online.

Apollo’s Fire has expanded one of its summertime shows into a holiday production. “Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain,” described as “an Irish-Appalachian Celebration,” features vocalists Amanda Powell and Ross Hauck, director Jeannette Sorrell, and Apollo’s Singers, Musettes, and instrumentalists in five performances from Saturday, December 2 through Sunday, December 10 in Akron, Willoughby Hills, Shaker Heights, and Bay Village. Details and ticket information here.

The Cleveland Institute of Music kicks off its Winter Chamber Music Festival on Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 pm with a concert of Haydn, Webern, and Beethoven by the Cavani Quartet in Mixon Hall. More events include guest artist master classes, student ensemble concerts, and a chamber music marathon — running through December 15. You’ll need free tickets (order online) for the Cavani’s performance, and more information about the Festival is available on CIM's website.

One of the guest artists for the CIM Festival, the Emerson String Quartet, will be the next ensemble to perform on the Cleveland Chamber Music Society Series on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 pm at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. The Emerson were one of the first quartets to routinely trade off first and second violinists when the group got together in 1976, and there’s been only one personnel change during those four decades. Their program includes quartets by Haydn, Benjamin Britten, and Dmitri Shostakovich. Tickets are available online, and student tickets go for a mere $5.

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

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