Cleveland's Youth Orchestras Take the Stage and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week


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Oberlin harpsichord professor Mark Edwards
will tackle J.S. Bach’s fiendish Goldberg Variations on Thursday, November 15 at 4:30 pm in Fairchild Chapel. This famous set of 30 variations on the bass line of a lovely little sarabande is not for the weak-fingered. We heard Edwards play them two summers ago at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and this is a recital not to be missed. It’s free.

Popular Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša returns to the Severance Hall podium this week to collaborate with Emanuel Ax and The Cleveland Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Capriccio, and to lead Shostakovich’s famous Symphony No. 5. Hrůša is also bringing along Mystery of Time, a work by his fellow countryman Miloslav Kabeláč. Performances are on Thursday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Tickets can be ordered online.

Both of Cleveland’s youth orchestras are performing this week. On Friday, November 16 at 7:00 pm at Severance Hall, violinist Célina Béthoux will be featured with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in the Samuel Barber Concerto, and conductor Vinay Parameswaran will lead the ensemble in John Adams’ The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra from Nixon in China), and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Tickets are available online.

On Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 pm, Liza Grossman will conduct the Contemporary Youth Orchestra in modern music by Christopher Rouse (Thunderstuck) and Michael Daugherty (Route 66), and Michael McIntosh’s MESH, the world’s first concerto for drumline and orchestra. They’ll perform in the Cuyahoga Community College Metro Auditorium, and tickets can be ordered here.

The Story of an Hour, a brand-new opera by Kent State student composer Scott Little, will join Act III of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and a montage of scenes from Act II of Berlioz’ Beatrice and Benedict in the Wright-Curtis Theatre on the Kent State campus on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm. Kent’s fall opera scenes program, titled “Marriage — Inside Out,” is stage directed by Marla Berg, with musical direction by Jay White, and will be repeated on Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 pm. Tickets here.

The famous “Royal Family of the Guitar,” the Romeros, are up next on Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series on Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 pm in Finney Chapel. Buy your tickets online to hear music by Albeniz, de Falla, Villa-Lobos, and others.

And on Monday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, former Cleveland Orchestra assistant conductor James Feddeck will lead a distinguished band of Cleveland Orchestra musicians and friends in Dvořák’s Wind Serenade and Brahms’ Serenade No. 2 on the Rocky River Chamber Music Series at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. Great music and great performers at a great price — free!

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

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