Tri-C JazzFest and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch in Cleveland This Week

The 43rd annual JazzFest takes over Playhouse Square

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Anthony Hamilton.

Another week that's jam-packed with classical events in Cleveland. Here's what's on tap.

Highlights of this week’s trio of concerts include two pieces by George Walker (his Music for Three on Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 pm at CIM and Piano Sonata No. 5 (together with Gabriel Faure´s Piano Quintet No. 1 on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 pm at Disciples Church). The third performance back at CIM on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 pm will see the premiere of a commissioned piece, Yevgeniy Sharlat’s Dumka-22 along with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet. (Sharlat will be on hand to talk about his piece at 6:30 pm, and will stick around for a meet & greet in the lobby afterward.) Tickets are available online.

On Sunday, June 26 at 6:30 pm, ChamberFest will replay some highlights of the week along with some surprises in a free concert at The Grove Amphitheater 425 N. Commons Blvd., Mayfield. Free, but you’ll need to sign up on the website.

Read preview articles here and here.

OLO will add. Hello, Dolly! with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart, to its summer rotation on Thursday, June 23 at 2 pm in Freedlander Theatre at The College of Wooster. On June 25 you can catch Hello, Dolly! at 2:00 pm and Cinderella at 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets here.

Local 4 of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians will sponsor three back-to-back concerts of music by women composers this week. “She Scores” will bring multiple performers to the stage of Harkness Chapel at CWRU on Thursday, June 23, Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 pm for a rich menu of original music. The performances are free, but donations are welcome. See the Concert Listings on for complete details, and read a preview article here.

Tri-C JazzFest returns to Playhouse Square this week. On Thursday, June 23 8:00 pm Anthony Hamilton performs at Music Hall in Cleveland Public Auditorium.

On Friday, June 24 at 5:00 pm it’s the Sean Jones Quintet. Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas: Sound Prints take the 6:30 pm slot. Brian Culbertson is on at 8:00 pm and the day concludes with Ghost Note at 9:30 pm.

On Saturday, June 25, things heat up beginning at 2:00 pm with Dominick Farinacci and Triad & Cyrille Aimée. Raul Midón is on at 4:30 pm, Eddie Palmieri takes the stage at 6:15 pm, and at 8:15 pm it’s the Tri-C JazzFest All-Star Big Band, under the Direction of John Clayton with special Guests John Pizzarelli, Kenny Werner. and Grégoire Maret. For locations and details click here. Purchase tickets here.

There’s plenty of free ​​outdoor entertainment under the GE Chandelier at Playhouse Square from 3:00 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday, when you can also catch some rising stars of jazz on the Next Gen stage. Check out the line-up here. Read a preview article here.

On Friday, June 24 at 8:00 pm at the Bop Stop, No Exit Presents trombonist John Faieta. The program includes Vincent Persichetti’s Parable for Solo Trombone, Norman Bolter’s You are not alone, Werner Heider’s D.E. Memorial, Luciano Berio’s Sequenza V, Alyssa Reit’s Where? And Anthony Plog’s Postcards III. The concert is free.

For more than a century, the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America has promoted and preserved the majestic 60-stringed bandura, which has become an icon of Ukraine’s voice and identity. On Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 pm, Amplify the Voice: a Benefit Concert for Ukraine will be held in Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center. Proceeds will benefit registered non-profit organizations that have consistently delivered humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Tickets are available online.

More concerts can be found on the Concert Listings page.
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