A Very 'M*A*S*H' Christmas with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Other Classical Music Events to Catch This Week

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Let’s start with Christmas concerts, which are numerous during the next two weeks.

Conductor Richard Kaufman is in charge of the Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concerts this season. There are eleven of them at Severance Hall, beginning on Friday, December 14 and running through Sunday, December 23. The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will be featured at each performance, joined for certain concerts by the Orchestra’s Children’s Chorus, members of its Youth Chorus, and singers from the College of Wooster and the University of Akron. A special guest, Jamie Farr (a Toledo native) of M*A*S*H, will narrate “The Night Before Christmas.” You might still be able to get tickets. Hurry here.

Readers south of Cleveland should take advantage of three Christmas Candlelight Concerts presented by Summit Choral Society at St. Bernard’s in Akron. The performances will showcase SCS’s several fine children’s choirs as well as its grown-up Metropolitan Chorus under the direction of Britt Cooper. There are three performances: Friday, December 14 through Sunday, December 16 at 7:30 pm. Reserve your seats online.

And Heather Zweifel’s top-notch Burning River Brass will give back-to-back performances of its holiday program on the Arts Renaissance Tremont Series at Pilgrim Church on Sunday, December 16 and Monday, December 17 at 7:30 pm. Freewill offerings will be received, as well as donations of non-perishable food items for the church’s food pantry.



CityMusic Cleveland welcomes Stefan Willich, who leads the World Doctors Orchestra, back for his annual December gig, comprising five performances around the area from December 12-16. Cleveland Orchestra principal oboe Frank Rosenwein will play Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto, and Willich will lead the ensemble in a Rossini Overture and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39. Performances are scheduled for Wednesday the 12th (7:30 pm at St. Jerome Church in Collinwood), Thursday the 13th (7:30 pm at the Temple Tifereth-Israel in Beachwood), Friday the 14th (7:30 pm at Lakewood Congregational Church), Saturday the 15th (8:00 pm at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus in Slavic Village), and Sunday the 16th (4:00 pm at St. Noel Church in Willoughby Hills). No admission charge, but donations are encouraged.

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

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