The Star-Spangled Spectacular on Mall B and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week


  • Emanuel Wallace

After finishing its own centennial with Beethoven cycles in Cleveland, Vienna, and Tokyo, The Cleveland Orchestra begins its summer homestay with the annual Star-Spangled Spectacular on Mall B on Friday, July 6 at 9:00 pm. Music director Franz Welser-Möst will lead a program of Wagner, Rossini, Johann Strauss, Jr, Sousa, and Copland, ending with Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular 1812 Overture. It’s free, and if rain develops, the whole show moves to Public Auditorium.

The next evening, Saturday, July 7, the Orchestra launches its 50th Blossom Festival season with an 8:00 pm concert featuring violinist Stephen Rose, cellist Mark Kosower, and pianist Joela Jones in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Welser-Möst will lead Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in the second half.

To round out a varied weekend, on Sunday, July 8 at 8:00 pm, TCO will join conductor Keith Levenson, vocalist Roger Daltry, and members of The Who Band in Townshend’s Tommy — the complete album. Tickets are available for both evenings online.

Time Canvas Ensemble — violinist Chiara Fasani Stauffer and Joshua Stauffer, guitar — will play Argentine-born composer Jorge Liderman’s Aires de Sefarad, a cycle of songs without words for violin and guitar using tunes from the Spanish Sephardic Jewish heritage, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ohio City on Saturday, July 7 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available on the ensemble’s website.

The Cleveland Institute of Music begins its summer Lunch & Listen Concerts on Tuesday, July 10 at 12:30 pm in Mixon Hall. Aniela Eddy, violin, Ryan Louie, cello, and Natsumi Shibagaki, piano, are first up with Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 4 in B-flat (“Gassenhauer”) and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in c. Lunches are welcome on the patio, which opens at 11 am, and where beverages will be provided beginning at noon. These weekly performances are free.

Kent/Blossom Festival Faculty Concerts continue on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 pm with the annual appearance of the Miami String Quartet. Violinists Benny Kim and Cathy Meng Robinson, violist Scott Lee, and cellist Keith Robinson, will open with quartets by Joseph Haydn and Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, then pianist Spencer Myer will join them for Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A. The weekly concerts continue on Wednesdays through August 1 in Ludwig Recital Hall at Kent State University. Tickets are available online.

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

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