Nintendo Games Reimagined for the Piano and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week


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Tuesday Musical continues its season at the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall on Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 pm with a concert by the Escher String Quartet. The program includes the second performance of Chris Rogerson’s brand-new Quartet No. 4, and Beethoven’s wildly inventive Quartet in C-sharp, Op. 131. Adam Barnett-Hart, Danbi Um, Pierre LaPointe, and Brook Speltz open the evening with Mozart’s F-Major Quartet. There’s a pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm with pianist-composer Jamie Wilding, and tickets are available online.

A Cleveland Museum of Art recital brings solo violinist Carolin Widmann to Transformer Station on Friday, March 29 at 7:30 pm for a program ranging from the Medieval music of Hildegard von Bingen to Carolin’s brother Jörg Widmann’s Three Etudes. There’s also contemporary music by George Benjamin and Hans Abrahamsen, and J.S. Bach’s timeless Partita in d — the one with the famous Chaconne. Tickets are available online.

The CIM Orchestra welcomes former Cleveland Orchestra assistant conductor Andrew Grams back to Cleveland to guest conduct its next at-home concert in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music on Friday, March 29 at 7:30 pm. Student pianist Sara Daneshpour will solo in Prokofiev’s Second Concerto, bracketed by Margaret Brouwer’s Remembrances and Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony. The concert is free, and if you can’t make it in person, tune into the live broadcast on WCLV, 104.9 FM or

Cleveland Chamber Symphony launches its sixth NEOSonicFest on Friday, March 29 at 9:00 pm at Mahall’s in Lakewood with a concert sponsored by Fresh Perspectives. Uno Lady (Christa Ebert), a one-woman choir, will create electronic loops, harpist Stephan Haluska will present his own electro-acoustical compositions, and Buck McDaniel and Jacob Kirkwood will present a concert version of their live electro-acoustic score for Cleveland Public Theatre’s Fire on the Water, a meditation on the 50th anniversary of the burning of the Cuyahoga River. Tickets go for $7.

NEOSonicFest continues on Saturday, March 30, when No Exit presents Zeitgeist percussionist Patti Cudd in electro-acoustic works from her 3-CD Innova release, EOS. She plays at Heights Arts at 7:00 pm, but there are other opportunities to hear her. Register here for free Heights Arts tickets.

Next up in the festival, you can hear Cleveland Chamber Symphony preparing for its New and Emerging Composers Concert on Sunday, March 31 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Gamble Auditorium at Baldwin Wallace. Steven Smith leads the free open rehearsal.

And on Monday, April 1 at 7:00 pm at the Bop Stop, Rob Kovacs presents his piano covers of NES (Nintendo) soundtracks from classic video games such as Castlevania and Mega Man 2 as well as music from lesser-known titles, “bringing new life to some of the earliest examples of chiptune music.” Register for free tickets here.

For something completely different, Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project is hosting The Nakatani Gong Orchestra this week. The world’s only bowed gong orchestra will play a free concert including Nakatani’s improvised music on Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 pm at Historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ohio City.

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

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