Cleveland Museum of Art's Performing Arts Series Launches, and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week


  • Vox Luminis, Photo by David Samyn

Violinist Tessa Lark — an audience favorite who can switch from Bach to Bluegrass on a dime — returns to CityMusic Cleveland for five performances of an all-Brahms program this week. She’ll team up with cellist Edward Arron for the composer’s Double Concerto, and music director Avner Dorman will finish each program with Brahms’ Second Symphony. The run begins on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm at St. Jerome Church in Collinwood, and continues on to Temple Tifereth-Israel in Beachwood (October 25 at 7:30 pm), St. Noel Church in Willoughby Hills (October 26 at 7:30 pm), and the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus in Slavic Village (October 27 at 8:00 pm), finishing up at Lakewood Congregational Church on Sunday, October 28 at 5:00 pm. Concerts are free but you’ll want to leave a donation.

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Performing Arts Series launches on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm with a concert of Bach Motets in Gartner Auditorium by the estimable Belgian choral ensemble Vox Luminis. Lionel Meunier conducts. Tickets can be reserved online.

The latest visitor to the Severance Hall podium, Ingo Metzmacher, will lead The Cleveland Orchestra in a program of Second Viennese School masterworks on Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 27 at 8:00 pm. It’s an amazing collection of pieces including Webern’s Passacaglia, Berg’s Violin Concerto with the always-thrilling Christian Tetzlaff, and Schoenberg’s version of the Pelléas and Mélisande story. Tickets are available online.

How time flies! Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat is 100 years old this year, but still seems fresh. To celebrate the occasion, video artist Kasumi has made a new film re-imagining “A Soldier’s Tale” in contemporary terms. Keith Fitch conducts the CIM New Music Ensemble in the score along with Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s 2006 Catch and Release accompanied by Kasumi’s 2010 video Quadrascope. The performance on Friday, October 26 at 8:00 pm in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music is free.

Severance Hall will celebrate Halloween with two events. On Friday, October 26 at 8:00 pm, organist Todd Wilson will improvise a score to Alfred Hitchcock’s early silent film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. And on Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 pm, The Cleveland Orchestra will play dress-up in a different way than usual: no white ties and tails, but you’re likely to see them in a variety of interesting costumery as Ruth Reinhardt leads the band in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, and other bewitching music. You can come in costume to the Halloween Spooktacular, too. Tickets for both events can be reserved online.

The Historical Performance movement and traditional folk musicians have a lot in common. On Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 pm, the Baltimore Consort will bring their program “Adew Dundee: Early and Traditional Music of Scotland” to the Arts at Holy Trinity series at Akron’s Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Joining Mary Anne Ballard on viols and rebec will be Mark Cudek, cittern and bass viol, Larry Lipkis, bass viol, soprano recorder, and crumhorn, Ronn McFarlane, lute, Mindy Rosenfeld, flutes, whistle, recorder, and crumhorn, and Danielle Svonavec, soprano. No admission charge, but a freewill offering will be received.

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

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