The Cleveland Orchestra Opens Its Severance Hall Season and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week


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It’s back to school time for The Cleveland Orchestra and music director Franz Welser-Möst, who will open the Severance Hall season on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 pm with a program that’s two parts new and one part old favorite. Assistant principal oboe Jeffrey Rathbun’s Pantheon will receive its world premiere, and Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s one-hand piano concerto Left, alone will be performed for the first time in the U.S, with French pianist Alexandre Tharaud in the spotlight. Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Swan Lake fills out a program that will be repeated on Friday, September 21 at 8:00 pm on the Oberlin Artist Recital Series in Finney Chapel, and on Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 pm in Severance Hall. Severance tickets can be reserved here. Go here for tickets to Finney.

Speaking of Oberlin, there are two interesting concerts 35 miles west of Cleveland on Thursday, September 20. At 8:00 pm in Kulas Recital Hall, Oberlin Conservatory cello alum Kivie Cahn-Lipman, a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and ACRONYM who now teaches at Youngstown State, will join soprano Charlotte Mundy in a free concert featuring contemporary works by Caroline Shaw, Du Yun, Mario Diaz de Leon, and Forrest Pierce. At the same time across Tappan Square in Fairchild Chapel, Jesse Stiles will flip the switch on his 2017 composition, Blacklight, for eight-channel live electronics. That’s also free.

A bit closer to Cleveland, Baldwin Wallace University will welcome conductor Soo Han to the faculty in a concert by the BW Symphony Orchestra on Friday, September 21 at 7:00 pm. The program features Russian-born faculty pianist Zarina Melik-Stepanova in Beethoven’s Fifth Concerto and also includes James Beckel’s Musica Mobilis and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. It’s free, and if you can’t make it to Berea, BW will live stream the event to you here.

Double bass recitals are a rarity, but Cleveland Orchestra bassist Derek Zadinsky will step out of the ensemble for two free concerts this weekend, joined by cellist Elizabeth Zadinsky and pianist Kangwoo Jin. No. 1 will be in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music on Saturday, September 22 at 3:00 pm, No. 2 at Rocky River Methodist Church on Sunday, September 23 at 4:00 pm. Both programs feature music by Schubert, J.S. Bach, and Brahms.

Scott MacPherson’s excellent 35-voice Cleveland Chamber Choir will give the second free concert in the new Silver Hall Series at the Maltz Performing Arts Center in University Circle on Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 pm. “Remembrance: Music of War, Peace & Comfort” includes Rudolf Mauersberger’s Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst (“How Desolate Lies the City”), marking the bombing of Dresden during World War II, as well as music by Clement Janequin, Heinrich Schütz, Felix Mendelssohn, Aaron Rosenthal, Joel Martinson, Stephen Chatman, René Clausen, and Jonathan Quick. (Akronites can catch the same program on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 pm at First Methodist Church.)

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

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