The Cleveland Institute of Music Does Hansel and Gretel Plus All the Other Classical Music Events to Hit This Week

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The Cleveland Orchestra
’s concerts this weekend will feature music by the celebrated French composer Maurice Ravel, who paid a visit to guest conduct the ensemble in January of 1928, when the Orchestra was still performing at Masonic Hall. It didn’t go well (read an account from the Orchestra’s archives here). This week’s concerts under the baton of Matthias Pintscher will feature pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand — commissioned by an Austrian pianist who lost his right arm in World War I — and include the Suite from Mother Goose and the complete ballet music to Daphnis and Chloë. You can choose from three shows: Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 pm, and Friday or Saturday, February 23 and 24 at 8:00 pm. Order tickets online.

Clarinetist Franklin Cohen’s performances are often family affairs, and last summer, the family acquired a new member. Cohen will join his son-in-law, pianist Roman Rabinovich, in a recital in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music on Friday, February 23 at 8:00 pm that includes both of Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Sonatas. It’s free, but you’ll need to reserve seating passes by calling 216.795.3211.

The Jellyfish Brothers? The guitar duo that goes by the fanciful name Les Frères Méduses are the next act up on the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s International Series, on Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 pm in Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. Fanciful musical titles are on the menu as well, including Dusan Bogdanovic’s No Feathers on this Frog, Atanas Ourkouzounov’s Broken Grooves, and other music by Joseph V. Williams, Goran Ivanovic, and duo members Benoît Albert and Randall Avers — plus a free improv titled Noise. Tickets can be reserved online.

Oberlin College will remember the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II with a public history exhibit in the Baron Art Gallery and a concert of Japanese ensemble drumming by San Jose Taiko on Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 pm in Finney Chapel. Look forward to a loud, exciting sonic experience. Admission is free.

The winter concert by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra brings its sibling organization, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, to the Severance Hall stage on Sunday, February 25 at 8:00 pm for Howard Hanson’s Song of Democracy and Dvořák’s Te Deum. The Orchestra will be featured in Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1. Vinay Parameswaran conducts, and tickets can be reserved through the Severance Hall box office.



The witch who turns children into gingerbread is at it again in Northeast Ohio, this time courtesy of CIM Opera Theater, who will produce Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music from Wednesday, February 28 through Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. David Bamberger directs the show, with the CIM Orchestra under Harry Davidson in the pit. Tickets here.

Check out details of these and many other classical music events on our Concert Listings page.

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