The Cleveland Chamber Choir Features Women Composers and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week


  • Mike Reilly, Cleveland Chamber Choir

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winds up its season with its customary five-concert run in different locations around town. This time, Mélisse Brunet conducts, and cellist Amit Peled will be the featured soloist in Saint-Saëns’ Concerto in a. Not-so-frequently-performed music by Mendelssohn (Overture in C), Saint-Saëns (Symphony in a), and Kodály (Dances of Galanta) complete the menu. Concerts begin on May 15 in Willoughby Hills and continue on May 16 in Beachwood, May 17 in Lakewood, May 18 in Slavic Village, ending on May 19 in Collinwood. Check our Concert Listings for times and venues. All performances are free.

Franz Welser-Möst returns to Severance Hall this week to lead The Cleveland Orchestra and pianist Mitsuko Uchida in Bartók’s Concerto No. 3. The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will be featured in the big work that completes the program: Schubert’s great and tuneful Mass in E-flat, with soloists Martina Janková, soprano, Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano, Werner Güra, tenor, Matthew Plenk, tenor, an Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. There are three performances: Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 pm, Friday, May 17 at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available through the Severance box office.

Soprano Andrea Anelli’s ContempOpera Cleveland will bring selections from Steven Mark Kohn’s Riders of the Purple Sage and new works by Lorenzo Salvagni, Anna Cazurra, Robert Lindsey-Nassif, Matthew Saunders, and Craig Bohmier to Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy on Friday, May 17 at 7:00 pm. Performers include Anelli, Timothy Culver, tenor, Rebecca Freshwater, soprano, Brian Keith Johnson, baritone, and Lorenzo Salvagni and Adam Whiting, piano. The performance is free.

New music is also on the agenda for the Cleveland Chamber Choir this weekend. “The Personal Muse” will feature music by women composers and members of the Cleveland Composers Guild in two concerts: at Fairmount Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 pm at First Congregational Church in Akron. Scott MacPherson conducts, and tickets are available online.

In the off-years when the Cleveland International Piano Competition isn’t competing, the organization brings in past laureates for recitals on its concert series. On Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 pm, Angela Hewitt will play an all-J.S. Bach recital in Gamble Auditorium at Baldwin Wallace University. Her current “Bach Odyssey Tour” program features the composer’s English Suites. Reserve your tickets here.

While British baritone Simon Keenlyside is in town for next week’s Cleveland Orchestra performances, he’s giving a special recital on Sunday, May 19 at 7:30 pm in Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall. One piece fills the program: Schubert’s great Der Winterreise (“Winter Journey”). Pianist Natalia Katyukova is his collaborator, and you can reserve tickets here.

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society ends this season’s series of free concerts with the Carpe Diem String Quartet — Charles Wetherbee and Marisa Ishikawa, violins, Korine Fujiwara, viola, and Gregory Sauer, cello — on Monday, May 20 at 7:30 pm. Their program includes Piotr Szewczyk’s To the Shore, Kyle Price’s Awaken, the premiere of a new work by Korine Fujiwara commissioned by the Rocky River Chamber Music Society, Bradley Sowash’s Septemdecim (“Seventeen”), and Dvořák’s Quartet in G, Op. 106. The performance at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church is free.

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

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