August Means Plenty of Outdoor Classical Music in Cleveland


  • Courtesy Cleveland Orchestra
As the last few weeks of summer play out, every one of our classical music picks except one will take place outdoors. Time to enjoy the weather while it lasts.

Cleveland Opera Theater is planning three al fresco events: on Friday, August 17 at 7:00 pm on the steps of Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy (it’s the annual Feast of the Assumption), on Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 pm in the Grove Amphitheatre in Mayfield, and on Sunday, August 26 at 6:30 pm at Dunham Tavern. All performances are free and will feature members of the company in opera and light opera favorites. For the August 26 event, food trucks will be on site beginning at 5:00 pm.

Arts in August at Lincoln Park in Tremont will launch its free annual series with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 pm and follow that with opera in the open air performed by members of ContempOpera Cleveland on Friday, August 24 at 7:00 pm.

The Cleveland Orchestra is at home all month — in both of its venues. At Blossom on Saturday, August 18 at 8:00 pm with James Gaffigan at the helm, British polymath Stephen Hough will be featured in Mendelssohn’s first piano concerto along with Barber’s Essay No. 2 and Sibelius’ second symphony.
The repertory moves to the popular side on Sunday, August 19, when vocalists Carpathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare (who will also play piano) salute Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald under the baton of Randall Craig Fleischer.
The Orchestra moves back indoors on Friday, August 24 for the third [email protected] concert with guest conductor Jonathan Cohen and pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout in a program of music by Handel, Haydn (Piano Concerto No. 11), and Mozart (Symphony No. 25, featured in the film Amadeus).

It’s back to Blossom for the rest of the summer season. On Saturday, August 25, Carl Orff’s ever-popular Carmina Burana will feature soprano Audrey Luna, tenor Matthew Plenk, and baritone Elliot Madore, baritone, led by Adrien Perruchon and backed up by the Blossom Festival Chorus. Copland’s Statements opens the evening.

And for the grand finale to the Blossom Festival, Vinay Parameswaran will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a live performance of John Williams’ score for Star Wars: A New Hope (along with a screening of the film, of course). There are three performances from Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2, all at 8:30 pm.

Tickets to all Cleveland Orchestra performances can be booked online.

We’ll be back with more classical music picks the first week in September.

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

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