Before we get to mentioning holiday concerts (it’s still November!), here are some interesting events to recommend this week on the classical music calendar.
- On Wednesday evening at 7:30, CelloBello — the organization whose website promises to offer “everything about the cello,” will host a special program in Rheinberger Chamber Hall at Severance that includes the long-postponed debut screening of “Notes From Behind the Iron Curtain: Cleveland Quartet’s 1990 Soviet Tour.” Plus a Q&A with members of that ensemble (violinists Don Weilerstein, Peter Salaff, violist James Dunham and cellist Paul Katz), and live performances by The Weilerstein Trio and a cello ensemble featuring Cleveland Orchestra cellists Mark Kosower, Richard Weiss, Charles Bernard, and Bryan Dumm. Read a preview here.
- On Thursday at 7:30, The Cleveland Orchestra begins a three-performance cycle featuring Mahler’s Fourth Symphony conducted by Daniel Harding, with soprano Lauren Snouffer and including the US premiere of Betsy Jolas’s Ces belles années, repeated on Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 8.
- Another three-performance run that begins on Thursday pairs Cleveland’s No Exit with the Minneapolis-St. Paul new music ensemble Zeitgeist for the second installment of No Exit’s Year of Surreality: The Unconscious. The 7 pm free program at CSU’s Drinko Hall includes films by composer/filmmakers James Praznik, Luke Haaksma, and Timothy Beyer, and multimedia works by Philip Blackburn, Joe Horton, and Kathy McTavish. Repeated at 7 on Friday at Waterloo Arts and Saturday at 7 at SPACES Gallery.
- On Friday, pianist Jeremy Denk brings a slate of female composers — Clara Schumann, Tania León, Cécile Chaminade, Missy Mazzoli, Meredith Monk, Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Louise Farrenc, and Phyllis Chen — plus works by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms — to his Oberlin Artist Recital series recital in Finney Chapel.
- On Sunday at 3, Good Company, A Vocal Ensemble hosts composer and guest conductor René Clausen in a program of his works at Lakewood Presbyterian Church.
- And now — Holiday Concerts. The lineup on Sunday include a 3 pm McGaffin Carillon Holiday Carol Sing with George Leggiero from the McGaffin Tower in University Circle, a 3:30 concert by Western Reserve Chorale at Church of the Saviour (John Rutter’s Gloria and Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata with Brass and Percussion), a 4 pm tag-team recital by members of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at Church of the Ascension in Lakewood, and a 7:30 program by the West Shore Chorale at Rocky River Methodist.
- The list of this week’s attractions ends with a holiday concert on Tuesday at 7:30 by The King’s Singers hosted by Akron’s Tuesday Musical Association in E.J. Thomas Hall.
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