The Cleveland Orchestra
Photo by Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
is back on its home turf after an Asian tour, shaking off jet lag just in time for three performances this weekend led by French conductor Stéphane Denève. He’s chosen a program that explores the thin line between religious and erotic ecstasy: Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral, James MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (“The Mysteries of Light”) with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the keyboard, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy. Performances are on Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 pm, Friday, April 26 at 11:00 am (no MacMillan), and Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 pm. Reserve your tickets online.
Violetta is among the most popular of the many sopranos who die in the last acts of operas. You can relive the story of that “fallen woman” this weekend when Cleveland Opera Theater
turns the Maltz Performing Arts Center into an opera house for Verdi’s La traviata. Scott Skiba directs, Domenico Boyagian conducts, and the cast features Angela Mortellaro as Violetta, Benjamin Werley as Alfredo, and Grant Youngblood as Germont. The Act II party scene is always a highlight, but this one, featuring Cleveland Burlesque, promises to be a show-stopper. The lights go up on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 pm and on Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 pm. Tickets here.
new music ensemble will present an intimate performance at Appletree Books in Cleveland Heights on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 pm featuring clarinetists Gunnar Owen Hirthe and Derek Emch. Performing as Squirrel Noir, they’ll play John McCowen’s Mundana Duos 1 & 2, Dai Fujikura’s Sakana, Michael Tenzer’s 3 Island Duos, Evan Ziporyn’s Partial Truths, Derek Emch’s Meditation No. 1, and Eric Mandat’s Bipolarang. Free admission.
Another concert of chamber music for winds on Friday, April 26 will feature Cleveland Orchestra bassoonist Barrick Stees. Under the aegis of Chagrin Arts,
he’ll join oboist Cynthia Watson, pianist Randall Fusco, and the Callisto Quartet in a multimedia concert of bassoon music inspired by art and artists. It begins at 7:00 pm in Chagrin Falls United Methodist Church, and tickets are available online.
French guitarist Judicaél Perroy closes the current season of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society
on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. His program features works by J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, J.K. Mertz, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Antonio José, and Isaac Albéniz. Buy your tickets in advance online.
To close out its weekend concerts at Severance Hall, The Cleveland Orchestra
will play John Williams’ score to Steven Spielberg’s influential sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 pm. Vinay Parameswaran conducts the Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus underneath the big screen in Severance Hall. Tickets are available here.
And the Cleveland Chamber Music Society
will end its 69th season on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 pm at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church with an unusual program. Pittsburgh Symphony principal horn William Caballero will be featured, joining his Symphony colleagues Rodrigo Ojeda, piano, and Cynthia DeAlmeida, oboe, in music you probably have never heard before. Well, maybe not Brahms’ Intermezzo in a, here arranged by Caballero, but raise your hand if you already know Eugène Bozza’s En Foret, Anthony Plog’s Three Miniatures, Oliver Knussen’s Horn Concerto, or Carl Reinecke’s Trio for Piano, Oboe and Horn in a, Op. 188. Daniel Hathaway talks about the music at 6:30 pm. Tickets (only $5 for students) are available online.
Check out details of these and other events on our Concert Listings page.