Photo by Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Mahler’s striking Symphony No. 5 is the main course for this weekend’s Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Severance Hall on Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, September 28 at 8:00 pm. Music director Franz Welser-Möst — whose contract has just been renewed through 2027 — will open the concerts with Olga Neuwirth’s Masaot/Clocks Without Hands. A Cleveland Orchestra premiere, Clocks was commissioned by the Vienna Philharmonic for the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death. Tickets are available online.
Also on Thursday the 26th, the Lorain County Community College Signature Series presents violinist Lauren Cauley and cellist Mariel Roberts in its first concert of the season. All the music has been written since 2000, and includes works by Richard Carrick, LCCC’s Jeffrey Mumford, Dai Fujikura, Clara Iannotta, Kaija Saariaho, and Mariel Roberts. The performance is free in the Cirigliano Studio Theatre at the Stocker Center in Elyria.
Apollo’s Fire begins its season with several “Baroque Bistro” concerts featuring six musicians in a tour of street music from Renaissance Italy. The first, on Friday, September 27 at noon in the Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, coincides with the Museum’s Michelangelo exhibit. The other two, on Saturday, September 28 at 7:15 pm at Mustard Seed Market in Montrose, and Sunday, September 29 at 12:15 pm at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, offer dinner and brunch packages. Check our Concert Listings
for details and reservations.
Baldwin Wallace is sponsoring a residency by the improvisational group 9 Horses (Joe Brent, mandolin, composer, and arranger, Sara Caswell, violin, and Shawn Conley, bass). Their visit includes a performance of Brent’s dream in plastic with the BW Symphony Orchestra on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 pm in Gamble Auditorium. It’s free, and Brent’s piece shares the program with Clint Needham’s Flourishes and Copland’s Appalachian Spring orchestral suite.
Oberlin viola professor Kirsten Docter will premiere faculty composer Jesse Jones’ Viola Concerto with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble in Warner Concert Hall on Friday, September 27 at 7:30 pm. The program, conducted by Tim Weiss, includes Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question, Aurie Hsu’s Mosaic, Pauline Oliveros’ Horse Sings from Cloud, and the premiere of Kari Watson’s Sunburnt Monoliths. The event is free and you can catch it on a webcast.
Les Délices (Elena Mullins, soprano, Julie Andrijeski, violin, Debra Nagy, Baroque oboe and recorder, Steuart Pincombe, viola da gamba, and Lucas Harris, theorbo and Baroque guitar) will bring their 18th-century French program “Delights and Diversions” to the FIRST•music concert series at First Lutheran Church in Lorain on Sunday, September 29 at 3:00 pm. A freewill offering will be appreciated.
Saxophonist Noa Even will join organist Karel Paukert for the first event in this fall’s Ars Organi series at St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland Heights on Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 pm. You’ll hear works by Frank Wiley, J. Teml, LJ White, and Jehan Alain, and the premiere of a piece by Buck McDaniel. They’ll be taking up a freewill offering.
Two local performances of “Gamelan and Dance of Bali” will bring the 18-member ensemble Çudamani from the village of Pengosekan to Northeast Ohio. Oberlin sponsors the group in Finney Chapel on Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm ($10, $5 with Oberlin ID), and Tri-C presents the show on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 pm in the Mandel Theatre in Highland Hills (tickets here
— free for Tri-C students).
For details of these and other classical concerts, see our Concert Listings page.