Trinity Cathedral's 44th Season of Brownbag Concerts Begins, Plus the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week


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Violinist Mary Beth Ions and the Amethyst String Quartet will launch Trinity Cathedral’s 44th season of Wednesday noon Brownbag Concerts on October 3 at 12:15 pm with “Celebrating Autumn: a sentimental look at the approaching season.” You’re welcome to pack a lunch, or you can buy one for $7 and enjoy food and music under the Gothic arches of one of Cleveland’s most splendid buildings. Your freewill offering will help support the concert series.

The first big production of the Cleveland Orchestra season at Severance Hall will be Mahler’s “Resurrection Symphony” led by Franz Welser-Möst, with soprano Joélle Harvey and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke on October 4, 5, and 6. It’s long but continuously engaging, and just as in Beethoven’s Ninth, the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus gets to sit out the first hour of its 90-minute duration. But the choral ending is worth waiting for, and when the Skinner organ finally joins orchestra and chorus in jubilant cries of aufersteh’n, the sound should lift you out of your seat. Tickets can be ordered here.

Hard to say whether Mozart’s or Rossini’s opera based on Marchais’ tale of Figaro is more popular. You can hear Rossini’s elaborate version at the Maltz Performing Arts Center this Saturday, October 6 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, October 7 at 3:00 pm as Cleveland Opera Theater unveils its production of The Barber of Seville, starring Young Kyang Yoo (Figaro), Corrie Stallings (Rosina), David Margulis (Count Almaviva), Jason Budd (Dr. Bartolo), Frank Ward (Don Basilio), and Gillian Hollis (Berta). Scott Skiba directs, and Domenico Boyagian conducts. It’s sung in Italian, but count on following the story with English supertitles. Tickets are available online.

Last season, Cleveland’s French Baroque ensemble Les Délices visited Mozart to hear about the first part of his eventful but frustrating sojourn in Paris. Part Two takes up the story this weekend in three venues, as fortepianist Sylvia Berry joins Debra Nagy and string players for an 1805 arrangement of Mozart’s Gran Partita, and works by his contemporaries, Boccherini, Schobert, and Cambini. You’ll also hear excerpts from Mozart’s humorous letters. Join this travelogue on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron, on Saturday, October 6 at 8:00 pm at Lakewood Congregational Church, or on Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 pm in Herr Chapel of Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights (3:00 pm pre-concert lecture). Afterward, you can help celebrate the ensemble’s 10th Anniversary at Edwins. Click here for concert and reception tickets and more information.

End the weekend with a brilliant brass trio from The Cleveland Orchestra. The
Factory Seconds Brass Trio
— Jack Sutte, trumpet, Jesse McCormick, horn, and Richard Stout, trombone — will play a free concert in Kulas Music Hall in the Boesel Musical Arts Center at Baldwin Wallace University on Sunday, October 7 at 7:00 pm. It’s free!

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

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