Singers Club of Cleveland
This week, a parade of summer festivals begins with the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists, which will bring 22 young pianists to town to compete in both junior (ages 12-14) and senior (ages 15-17) divisions at the Cleveland Institute of Music. (Meet the contestants here.)
The competition — verging on a festival with the inclusion of several extra events — will be set in motion on Wednesday evening, May 30 with a 7:30 pm opening ceremony in Kulas Hall featuring Canadian pianist Leonid Nediak.
Only 12 when he took home second prize in CIPC’s junior division in 2015, Nediak will play solo works before joining Liza Grossman and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra in the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto. WCLV’s Robert Conrad will introduce all of the contestants from the stage, and a reception will follow.
Competition rounds begin on Thursday afternoon, May 31 in Kulas Hall and continue daily through the semifinal rounds on June 6, after which three pianists in each division will advance to the final round. That event, on Friday, June 8 at 7:30 pm at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, will feature concerto performances with Gerhardt Zimmermann and the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
A CIPC Family Day on June 2 will be hosted by the PianoKids Trio, a rotating piano trio of young musicians who will lead children in games featuring musically-themed coloring, raucous fun on a giant floor piano, and Disney’s classic film Fantasia. The activities run from 11 am to 1 pm in Studio 113 at CIM.
The first of two guest recitals in Mixon Hall will feature Drew Peterson in works by Beethoven, Chopin, Charles T. Griffes, and Samuel Barber on Monday, June 4 at 8:00 pm. Tickets to all competition events can be ordered online.
Music at Main — a series of concerts in the third floor lobby — regularly sets music ringing through the marble halls of the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library. On Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 pm, the program will feature the Singers Club of Cleveland, the all-male chorus that’s one of the oldest musical organizations in town. They’ll sing selections inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland under their director, Natalie Mallis. It’s free.
The Ohio-born but now Brooklyn-based percussion trio Tigue (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic, and Carson Moody) will bring their “kinetic and hypnotic blend of instrumental minimalism” to the Bop Stop on Sunday, June 3 at 7:00 pm. In addition to their concert hall activities, the ensemble has led three 10-week music education programs at New York City’s Rikers Island, exploring the communicative power of West African musical traditions and hand drumming with adult and adolescent inmates in both men’s and women’s facilities. Tickets are available online.
Check out details of these and many other classical music events on our Concert Listings page.