Holiday Concert Season Continues With This Week's Classical Music Offerings in Cleveland


  • Courtesy Apollo's Fire

The second round of Messiah performances this month begins on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm in Severance Hall, when British conductor Jane Glover leads The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus in the first of four performances of Handel’s celebrated oratorio. Thursday marks a special occasion for Glover, who will be conducting her 100th performance of the piece — and Nos. 101, 102, and 103 will follow on December 7 through 9. The solo quartet includes soprano Lauren Snouffer, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Paul Appleby, and bass-baritone Henry Waddington. Buy your tickets online.

Having completed their own Messiah cycle, Apollo’s Fire will switch gears into the Baroque orchestra’s folksy mode for performances of their Irish-Appalachian celebration, “Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain,” beginning on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 pm at St. Noel’s Church in Chardon. The show, which stars soprano Amanda Powell, tenor Ross Hauck, and Apollo’s Singers and Musettes, will be presented half a dozen times through December 14 in Shaker Heights, Bay Village, and Bath, ending up in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Click here for details and tickets.

Tubas, tubas, and more tubas (including euphoniums) will crowd the stage of E.J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron on Saturday, December 8 for the 39th anniversary of TubaChristmas. You can sign up to perform (email Tucker Jolly here) or just come and admire rows and rows of these shiny brass instruments. There are two free shows at noon and 2:30 pm — donations are welcome.

Cleveland Chamber Choir will make its first foray into holiday music (including Hanukkah, Advent, and Christmas) with two free concerts led by founder Scott MacPherson on Saturday, December 8 at the Church of the Covenant in University Circle, and Sunday, December 9 at Christ Episcopal Church in Oberlin. The 7:30 pm performances will be introduced in 6:45 pm talks by Oberlin professor Charles McGuire, who will discuss music by William Billings, Stephen Paulus, Linda Kachelmeier, Abbie Betinis, and Ohio composers Corey Rubin and Scott Little.

You don’t get to hear the Holtkamp organ in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art very often these days, but the first of three free Sunday afternoon recitals this season will feature French organist Paul Goussot of the Abbey of St-Croix in Bordeaux on December 9 at 2:00 pm. He’ll play music by J.S. Bach including one of his own arrangements, excerpts from symphonies by Louis Vierne, and his own original improvisation.

Also on Sunday, December 9, Domenico Boyagian will lead his second concert since taking the reins of Suburban Symphony. The 3:30 pm performance at Beachwood High School Auditorium features soprano Angela Mortellaro in Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and Verdi’s “Ave Maria” from Othello. Also on the docket: Respighi’s “The Adoration of the Magi” from his Botticelli triptych, Mascagni’s “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria Rusticana, and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite No. 1. It’s free.

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

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