Renovare Music Pairs Songs With Stories of the Homeless in Cleveland, and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week


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Children’s voices will join high adult voices, harpsichords, and trombones in the Ames Family Atrium on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 pm when the Cleveland Museum of Art presents the premiere of its latest Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion project. Cenk Ergün’s Formare will feature the sopranos and altos of the Cleveland Chamber Choir, the Cleveland Institute of Music Children’s Choir, harpsichordists Peter Bennett, Michael Quinn, and QinYing Tan, and trombonists Lee Allen, Evelyn Proffit, Katie Lambert, and Zoe Cutler, who will be deployed strategically throughout the Museum’s vast glass-ceilinged space. It’s free, and lasts one hour.

Renovare Music will present music intertwined with stories of people who have experienced homelessness in Cleveland in two concerts this week. On Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 pm at Bloom Bakery, 200 Public Square #129, and on Saturday, May 11 at the East Cleveland branch of Cleveland Public Library, violinists Ann Yu and Sean Lim, violist Molly Wise, and cellist Rebecca Shasberger will play selections by Beethoven, Jessie Montgomery, J.S. Bach, William Grant Still, Bartók, and George Walker to comment on those narratives. The concerts are free, but an email response is requested for the Thursday performance.

The Labèque sisters — duo pianists Katia and Marielle — will be busy with Cleveland Orchestra performances at Severance Hall this weekend. They’ll be featured in Max Bruch’s two-piano concerto on Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 pm, Friday, May 10 at 11:00 am, and Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 pm. Then on Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 pm, they’ll join conductor Vinay Parameswaran and the Orchestra in a family concert that includes Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals along with music by Rossini, Anderson, and Gershwin. (Reminder: it’s Mother’s Day!)

Parameswaran will also be leading the season’s last regular concert by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra on Friday, May 10 at 8:00 pm. Violinist Julia Schilz, who won this year’s concerto composition, will solo in Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, and the Orchestra — who will take off on a European tour next month with a send-off concert on June 7 — will play Bartók’s Dance Suite and Shostakovich’s stirring Symphony No. 5. Tickets for all Severance Hall concerts can be ordered online.

Two of Cleveland’s several avocational orchestras are performing on Sunday, May 12 at the same hour, 3:30 pm. Cleveland Orchestra cellist Dane Johansen will be featured with Heights Chamber Orchestra in the Dvořák Concerto at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. To complete the program, Jungho Kim will lead the ensemble in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1.

Meanwhile, at the Maltz Performing Arts Center in University Circle, pianist Shuai Wang will join conductor Domenico Boyagian and the Suburban Symphony for Chopin’s First Piano Concerto. The concert also includes Bizet’s Carmen Suite and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Both concerts are free (donations welcome), but the Maltz Center would like you to reserve tickets here.

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

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