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Fat Pigeon, one of the performers at this week's Re:Sound festival
Fasten your seat belts — it’s the beginning of festival season in Northeast Ohio.
First up is the inaugural year of Re:Sound
, a multi-event festival of newly-minted music to be played in a variety of venues, beginning on Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 pm at the Bop Stop. Opening night features Zeitgeist, Transient Canvas, the Semiosis Quartet, and composer Buck McDaniel, with seven more concerts to follow through Sunday, June 10 at The Magalen, SPACES, CODA, and Visible Voice.
ChamberFest Cleveland will launch its ten-concert series on June 14, but will give a taste of what’s to come by sending one of its ensembles to CSU’s AHA! Festival on Friday, June 8. The trio of violinist David Bowlin, cellist Oliver Herbert, and pianist Roman Rabinovich will perform music of Brahms, Kodály and Janáček at 2:00 pm in Drinko Hall. Tickets can be reserved online.
The first of eighteen events in ENCORE Chamber Music’s 2018 festival is “Friday Evening with the Miró Quartet” on June 8 at 7:00 pm in Tudor House at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills. Violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violist John Largess, and cellist Joshua Gindele will play a Haydn quartet, selections from Dvořák’s Cypresses with spoken poetry, and Beethoven’s Op. 132 Quartet. Tickets are available online.
That busy Friday also includes the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival’s opening concert featuring guitarist Jason Vieaux and accordionist Julien Labro in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music on June 8 at 7:30 pm. The lineup for the weekend includes performances by guitarists Ricardo Gallén, Susana Prieto and Alexis Muzurakis (Duo Melis), Antonis Hatzinikolaou, and Colin Davin (performing with Roomful of Teeth soprano Esteli Gomez). Reserve your tickets online.
The Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists heats up this week, with semifinal rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the final round with Gerhardt Zimmermann and the Canton Symphony on Friday, June 8 at 7:30 pm at the Maltz Performing Arts Center in University Circle. The three competitors left standing in each of the junior (ages 12-14) and senior (ages 15-17) divisions will play concertos, with winners to be announced in a ceremony on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 pm in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Meanwhile, there’ll be a guest recital by the piano duo of Ran Dank and Soyeon Lee on Thursday, June 7 at 8:00 pm in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music that includes solo works by Scriabin, Janáček, and Liszt, a duo sonata by Mozart, and an arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for four hands at one piano.
Read a preview article about the competition here
, and follow along and purchase tickets for individual events here.
Not quite a festival, but a regular fixture of summer in Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire will visit centuries of Mediterranean music in five performances of “Tarantella!” at the Baroque Music Barn in Hunting Valley and around the region as part of its Countryside Concerts series from June 8-12. See our Concert Listings (link at bottom) for dates and venues, and reserve your tickets online.
And finally, a mini-festival of carillon music will ring out from the Tower of the Church of the Covenant as the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon mark the 50th anniversary of the 47-bell instrument in 3 events. Guest carillonneur David Osburn from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights will play a lunchtime recital of Irish and Scottish music on Friday, June 8 at 12:15 p.m.
On Saturday, June 9, the three-bell Cragin Peal, newly restored, will ring out at noon to launch Parade the Circle, followed by celebratory music played by resident carillonneur George Leggiero.
Finally, on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 pm, Leggiero, Osburn, and guest carillonneur Patrick Macoska will hammer out music by Van den Gheyn, Joplin, Dvořák, J.S. Bach, and Vivaldi, including hymns and music heard at the dedication of the instrument 50 years ago. Leggiero will give a pre-concert talk at 1:15 pm. All events are free, and while you can hear the bells from anywhere in University Circle, the Covenant church lawn is the sweet spot (lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics welcome).
Check out details of these and many other classical music events on our Concert Listings page.