All the Classical Music You Should Catch in Cleveland This Fall (and Winter)

All the Classical Music You Should Catch in Cleveland This Fall (and Winter)
Photo by Eric Drost/FlickrCC's concert database lists more than 200 events between now and the end of December, and more will pop up overnight like mushrooms. Here's a selection of particularly interesting concerts, arranged in alphabetical order by category.

Burning River

It's the 50th anniversary of the famous fire on the Cuyahoga River that drew national attention to Cuyahoga River pollution. Composer Margaret Brouwer's Blue Streak Ensemble will mark the anniversary with Fire on the River at the Western Reserve Fire Museum (Sept. 23 at 7). Music by Brouwer, Dawn Sonntag, Judd Greenstein, Gene Koshinki, Missy Mazzoli, and a premiere by Greg D'Alessio.

Chamber Music

Cleveland Chamber Music Society will celebrate its 70th season and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth with a three-concert marathon of his complete violin sonatas played by James Ehnes with pianist Andrew Armstrong. The first program has already taken place, with the rest to follow in the winter and spring. Other fall performances will feature the Jerusalem Quartet (Oct. 22 at 7:30), pianist Till Fellner (Nov. 12 at 7:30), and the Dover Quartet (Dec. 3 at 7:30).

The Dover Quartet will also appear on the Tuesday Musical series in Akron in cahoots with the Escher Quartet, for October Octets (Oct. 30 at 7:30).

The Omni Quartet will be the featured performers on Music from the Western Reserve at Christ Church, in Hudson (Nov. 3 at 5).

Choral Music

The Thirteen Choir from Washington, D.C. will open the Helen D. Schubert series at St. John's Cathedral with its program Tallis Through the Looking Glass (Oct. 23 at 7:30).

Cleveland Chamber Choir is devoting its 2019-2020 season to music and texts penned by women composers and poets, with fall concerts at St. John's Cathedral (Nov. 8 at 7:30) and Akron's St. Sebastian Parish (Nov. 10 at 5). Holiday concerts will pair old and new compositions on the same texts at Lakewood Congregational Church (Dec. 7 at 7:30) and First Baptist Church (Dec. 8 at 3).

Quire Cleveland will begin its season with Carols for Quire X at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church (Dec. 20 at 7:30), Our Lady of Peace Church (Dec. 21 at 7:30), and the historic St. Peter Church (Dec. 22 at 4).

Classical Guitar

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society will welcome Raphaël Feuillâtre (from France, Oct. 5 at 7:30) and Pablo Garibay (from Mexico, Nov. 9 at 7:30) to its fall series at Plymouth Church.

Music from the Western Reserve will sponsor Colin Davin at Christ Church Hudson (Oct. 6 at 5).

Early Music

The Cleveland Museum of Art will bring in the European viol consort Fretwork for a concert of music published in Rome in 1501 in conjunction with its Michaelangelo exhibition (Oct. 23 at 7:30).

Les Délices will depart from its usual French repertoire to present music for period wind instruments and fortepiano by Mozart and Beethoven (Nov. 1-3).

Oberlin's Artist Recital Series is importing Europe's Orchestra and Choir of the Age of the Enlightenment for music by Pergolesi and Vivaldi (Nov. 22).

And Apollo's Fire plans concerts of Venetian music (Oct. 17-20) and J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Dec. 11-15, with guest conductor Julian Wachener).

New Music

Cleveland Contemporary Players join Clocks in Motion at CSU (Sept. 23 at 8) for music by Adam Silverman, Jennifer Bellor, and Andrew Rindfleisch.

The Cleveland Museum of Art will bring in electroacoustic composer Sarah Davachi for a concert at Transformer Station (Oct. 6 at 7:30), and the Zohn Collective with La Coperacha Puppet Company to Gartner Auditorium (Oct. 18 at 7:30) for Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon's "Comala" and a new work by Daniel Pesca.


The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra will be led by a string of guest conductors this season, including Mélisse Brunet (Sept. 20 at 8), Andrew Grams (Oct. 4 at 8), Todd Phillips (Nov. 1 at 8), and James Ross (Nov. 22 at 8).

After presiding over its opening concerts (Sept. 19-20 and 26-28) Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Möst will turn over the Severance Hall podium to a series of guests.

In October, Alan Gilbert will join pianist Kirill Gerstein (Oct. 11-12), Jaap van Zweden will team up with violinist Augustin Hadelich (Oct.17-19), and Dima Slobodeniouk will be paired with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin (Oct. 24-26).

In November, Jakub Hruša will collaborate with violinist Sergey Khachatryan (Nov. 7-10) and soprano Joélle Harvey (Nov. 14-17), Nicholas McGegan will join trumpeter Michael Sachs for Haydn (Nov. 21-23), and Lorenzo Viotti will lead Rachmaninoff with pianist Yuja Wang (Nov. 29-Dec. 1).

Before the holiday concerts take over Severance Hall, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider will share the stage with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Dec. 5-7).

CityMusic Cleveland will launch its peripatetic season under its new music director Amit Peled with around-the-city concerts from Oct. 17 to 20. Its holiday cycle, Fire and Ice, led by Stefan Willich, will run from Dec. 12 to 15.

Blue Water Chamber Orchestra will continue its season under Daniel Meyer with violinist Jinjoo Cho in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto at Plymouth Church (Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.) and Pilgrim Church in Tremont (Nov. 24 at 3).


Northeast Ohio's conservatories and universities will be presenting interesting titles this fall. Baldwin Wallace Opera Theater is up first with Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at Red Space (Oct. 23 and 24 at 7); then CIM Opera is staging Philip Glass' and Robert Moran's The Juniper Tree (Oct. 31-Nov. 2). Oberlin Opera Theater will be close behind with Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Nov. 6 and 8-10).


In honor of its late organ guru Fenner Douglass, Oberlin Conservatory has installed a Spanish Baroque-style organ by Greg Harrold at the rear of Warner Concert Hall; inaugural recitals by Spanish music specialists are scheduled throughout the season. The fall lineup includes Kimberly Marshall (Sept. 22 at 4:30), Robert Bates (Oct. 24 at 7:30) and Jonathan Moyer (Nov. 10 at 4:30).

Karel Paukert, longtime organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, will present Ars Organi, a series of recitals featuring himself and guest players. Saxophonist Noa Even opens (Sept. 29 at 4), followed by Chicago organist Jay Peterson and soprano Madelyn Hasebein (Oct. 4 at 7:30), Christa Rakich (Oct. 6 at 3), Erik Wm. Suter (Oct. 18 at 7:30), and Steven Plank (Oct. 19 at 4). Paukert ends the series with music by Petr Eben (Oct. 20 at 4).

Pierre Queval, of Église Saint-Ignace in Paris, will give a Sunday afternoon recital in Gartner Auditorium of the Cleveland Museum of Art (Nov. 3 at 2).


The Tri-C Classical Piano Series at the Cleveland Museum of Art will welcome Mexican pianist Daniela Liebman (Oct. 13 at 2) and Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee (Nov. 24 at 2).

The Cleveland Orchestra will host Mitsuko Uchida in a rare solo recital of late Schubert sonatas at Severance Hall (Nov. 3 at 3). And in a similar program, the Cleveland Chamber Music Society will sponsor Austrian artist Till Fellner in Mixon Hall at CIM (Nov. 12 at 7:30).

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