3/31: CIM Orchestra

If U.S. audiences know anything about Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, it’s because of “Sabre Dance,” the relentlessly driving fragment of ballet music that’s added drama to so many cartoons and circus performances. But the rest of the Soviet composer’s work is mostly unknown here. Khachaturian came up during the Cold War era, but he was denounced by the Communist Party for being interested in structure rather than relating to the people — which is ironic, since his music is steeped in folk-dance idioms. Cellist Yuriy Leonovich will give a taste of Khachaturian when he performs the local premiere of Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra tonight. Also on the program is Camille Saint Saens’ “Bacchanale” from Samson et Delila and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheharazade.” Kimbo Ishii-Eto conducts. Showtime is 8 p.m. at CIM’s Kulas Hall (11021 East Blvd., 216.791.5000). Admission is free, but seating passes are required. — Michael Gill

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