A Big Week for Opera in Cleveland, and the Rest of the Classical Music You Shouldn't Miss


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It’s a big week for conservatory opera productions, with the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory both opening shows on Wednesday, November 7.

Dean Southern will direct a double bill of Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in Kulas Hall at CIM. Rossignol is based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, while L’Enfant retells a story by Colette in which a mischievous child gets his comeuppance from household furniture and kitchen objects. The shows play at 7:30 pm from Wednesday evening, November 7 through Friday evening, November 9, with a 3:00 pm matinee on Saturday, November 10. Harry Davidson conducts the CIM Orchestra. TIckets are available online.

At Oberlin, Jonathon Field celebrates what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with his 1950s one-act sendup of suburbia, Trouble in Tahiti, and a musical review of songs from Candide, West Side Story, On the Town, and Wonderful Town. Performances are at 8:00 pm in Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, November 7, and Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, ending with a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday, November 11. Raphael Jiménez conducts the Oberlin Orchestra. Tickets can be reserved here.

Cleveland Orchestra principal flute Joshua Smith will play the U.S. premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Transir for flute and orchestra — a solo part full of special techniques and sounds — on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 pm in Severance Hall. To fill out the program, French conductor Alain Altinoglu will lead the Orchestra in a few of Maurice Ravel’s greatest hits: his Rapsodie espagnole, Pavane for a Dead Princess, and Boléro. Tickets are available online.

Carl Topilow and the Cleveland POPS will celebrate the music of Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber on Friday, November 9 at 8:00 pm in Severance Hall. Hugh Panaro (Phantom/Sweeney Todd), Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte, and Scarlett Strallen are the featured soloists. Tickets can be ordered online.

Apollo’s Fire will present “O Jerusalem! Crossroads of Three Faiths,” a musical and poetical tour of the Jewish, Christian, Arab and Armenian quarters of Jerusalem, from November 10-18 in Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Fairlawn, Cleveland, and Avon Lake. Jeannette Sorrell conducts, with Apollo’s Singers, Amanda Powell, soprano, Sorab Wadia, tenor, Daphna Mor, recorder, ney, and vocals, Jacob Perry, tenor, Raha Mirzadegan, soprano, Ronnie Malley, oud and accordion, and Brian Kay, oud, lute, baglama saz, and vocals. Reserve your seats online.

Oberlin’s hotshot Contemporary Music Ensemble will make the first of two visits to Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm. Pianists Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff will join conductor Timothy Weiss and the ensemble for Sarah Gibson’s Prefer Living in Color (2017), Thomas Kotcheff’s That in shadow or moonlight rises (2014), Aliya Ultan’s Title TBD (a student composer premiere, 2018), Stephen Hartke’s, Sonata (2014) and Donald Crockett’s And the River (2018). Tickets can be reserved online.

And on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm, Canadian violinist James Ehnes brings his string quartet to the Cleveland Chamber Music Society at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights for Haydn’s Quartet in G, Op. 76, No. 1, Elgar’s Quartet in e, Op. 83, and Bartók’s Quartet No. 5. Learn more about the music in a pre-concert lecture by Richard Rodda at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available online.

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

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