The Cleveland Orchestra's Christmas Concerts and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

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PHOTO BY ROGER MASTROIANNI, COURTESY OF THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
  • Photo by Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

As the month grows older, classical music events begin to thin out after a big burst of activity earlier in December. Here are a few items to add to your calendar before 2020 arrives.

Seven Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concerts remain between Wednesday, December 18 and Sunday, December 22, led by Richard Kaufman and Lisa Wong, and featuring the Cleveland Orchestra choruses and guests in seasonal music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Britten, Paulus, Chabrier, Handel, Anderson, and others. Some may already be sold out or have very limited seating. Check availability and order tickets here.



The professional singers of Quire Cleveland will present their tenth annual round of “Carols for Quire” on Friday, December 20 (7:30 pm at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church), Saturday, December 21 (7:30 pm at Our Lady of Peace Church), and Sunday, December 22 (4:00 pm at Historic St. Peter Church). Jay White leads the ensemble in Gregorian chant and Renaissance settings of the Advent “O” Antiphons paired with familiar carols, and invites you to join in three communal songs with Quire providing vocal versions of the organ accompaniments. Freewill offerings will be received.

Love low brass music? Tucker Jolly emcees his 40th annual TubaChristmas Akron festival at E.J. Thomas Hall on Saturday, December 21 at 12 Noon and 2:00 pm. Some 400 tubists and euphonium players usually turn up. It’s free, but donations are welcome. Want to bring your horn and join in the spectacle? Just email Jolly here and wait for instructions.



On the shortest day of the year, the Music Settlement will host a Winter Solstice Concert featuring cellist Ida Mercer, TMS Cello Ensemble, and soprano Natasha Simmons in a 60-minute program of classical, jazz, and contemporary cello ensemble arrangements including Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 and celestial videos. Tickets for the event in Glick Recital Hall at the Settlement can be ordered online.

Eager to bid farewell to 2019? Carl Topilow and the Cleveland POPS can help you with that. Join their New Year’s Eve concert and Roaring Twenties Party at Severance Hall on December 31 at 9:00 pm. Period dress is welcome, and there’s a $250 prize for the best ‘20s costume. Reserve here.

For details of these and other classical concerts, see our Concert Listings page.

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