Cleveland Chamber Choir’s 'March Choral Madness' and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week


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Channelling Yo-Yo Ma? Cleveland Orchestra principal cello Mark Kosower will play “Bach for Humanity,” two concerts of unaccompanied cello music by Johann Sebastian Bach this week, including his own transcriptions of a Bach violin sonata and a partita. The first one (free admission, but seating passes required) is in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music on Wednesday, March 6 at 8:00 pm, the second under the auspices of the Cleveland Cello Society on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 pm in Reinberger Auditorium on Cleveland’s West Side (tickets here).

Apollo’s Fire will follow up last season’s “Three Duels and a Wedding” with “Three Duels and a Funeral,” the duels being concertos by Bach and Vivaldi, the funeral Telemann’s graveside tribute to a pet canary who ran afoul of a cat. Soloists include Johanna Novom, Adriane Post, and Susanna Perry Gilmore, violins, René Schiffer and Rebecca Landell Reed, cello, Kathie Stewart, traverso, and for the Canary Cantata, Jeffrey Strauss, baritone. Click here for times and venues of the four concerts from March 7-10, and to order tickets.

To celebrate the 80th birthday of American composer Joan Tower, Liza Grossman will lead her Contemporary Youth Orchestra in Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #6, Stroke, In Memory (for string orchestra), and Tambor at Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Auditorium on Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be reserved online.

Cleveland Chamber Choir’s “March Choral Madness” concerts this weekend won’t feature dueling madrigals vying for slots on basketball-like brackets as they did in 2018. Instead, artistic director Scott MacPherson has chosen an interesting program of works by Johannes Brahms, Andrew Rindfleisch, and Benjamin Britten for the Choir’s mid-season programs on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 pm at Brecksville Methodist Church and Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 pm at First Baptist in Shaker Heights. Buy your tickets online.

Hear chamber music at the Survival Kit Gallery at the West 78th St. Studios on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 pm, when the Toronto-based Vaso String Quartet (Aysel Taghi-Zada and Hua-Chu Huang, violins, Peter Ayuso, viola, and India Yeshe Gailey, cello) play James Lowrie’s 3402 Place Decelles, Mozart’s Quartet No. 15 in d, K. 421, Sophie Dupuis’ String Quartet, and Imogen Holst’s Phantasy Quartet. Tickets are $10 and $5 at the door.

Clocks in Motion Percussion Quartet — Sean Kleve, Matthew Coley, Christopher Jones, and Andrew Veit — will play their program “new music, new instruments, new sounds” at Rocky River Methodist Church on Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 pm. The program includes Paul Lansky’s Threads (2011), Marc Mellits’ Gravity* (2013), Ander Koppel’s Mechanical Ballet (2014), Andrew Rindfleisch’s Atomic Atomic* (2017), and John Cage’s Third Construction (1941). Starred titles were written for the ensemble. Free admission, but a freewill offering will be received.

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