Oberlin Honors the Late Great Jazz Bassist and Photographer Milt Hinton, And the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

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The late, great jazz bassist and equally famous photographer Milt Hinton will be honored at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music this week during the Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass with a faculty concert on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 pm, and a final concert featuring faculty-student ensembles and an orchestra of double basses on Friday, July 13 at 7:30 pm. Both are in Warner Concert Hall and both are free. Other activities take place during the week — check out a preview article here.

Thirty-one young pianists will also flock to Oberlin this week for the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition. Early rounds begin on Saturday morning, July 14, and as the week continues the field will be whittled down until three pianists remain in the draw to play concertos with Jahja Ling and The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday, July 13 at 7:30 pm. Read a preview here, read an interview with the sole Ohio competitor here, and order tickets for the final round at Severance Hall here.

The next evening, Saturday, July 14 at 8:30 pm, The Cleveland Orchestra returns to its summer home at the Blossom Music Festival to play a live score to the classic romance film, Singin’ in the Rain. Richard Kaufman conducts. And on Sunday evening, July 15 at 7:00 pm, violinist Vilde Frang joins conductor John Storgårds in Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto. Music by Antheil and Schumann complete the program. It’s also Blossom Picnic Contest tonight, which should inspire some interesting food adventures. You can order tickets here.

No Exit new music ensemble pianist Nicholas Underhill reprises his ambitious program of 20th and 21st century avant-garde works by himself, Xenakis, Philo, Copland, Feldman, Ornstein, Leisner, and Rzewski on Sunday, July 15 at 3:00 pm at SPACES gallery. The performance is free.

On Tuesday, July 17 at 12:30 pm, the Cleveland Institute of Music continues its summer cycle of Lunch & Listen Concerts in Mixon Hall. The topic is Bach, and you can hear his music played in four different combinations by violinists Jennifer Yamamoto Snyder and Jeffrey Zehngut, violist Lisa Boyko, cellist David Alan Harrell, flutist Saeran St. Christopher, and harpsichordist Alicja Basinska. Lunches are welcome on the patio (open at 11 am, beverages provided beginning at noon), and the concert’s free.

Asked to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kent Blossom Music Festival, alumnus and violinist Philip Setzer offered to bring his Emerson String Quartet colleagues along. They’ll play Barber’s Adagio, Bartók’s Quartet No. 3, and Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 8. To conclude the evening, Setzer’s fellow KBMF alum, cellist Jerry Grossman, will join the famous ensemble for Schubert’s Cello Quintet in C. The concert takes place in Ludwig Recital Hall at Kent State University on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30 pm. Order tickets online or purchase them at the door.

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

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