Four Classical Music Events Not to Miss This Week

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Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame will be the featured guest for the Contemporary Youth Orchestra’s spring concert in Severance Hall on Friday, June 5 at 8:00 pm. Liza Grossman’s 115-member orchestra and 70-member chorus will continue the celebration of CYO’s 20th Anniversary with “GNASH,” the first-ever concert devoted solely to Graham Nash’s music with symphony orchestra. Devoted as always to music with a social message, Nash will bring along a new song, Watch Out for the Wind, written with guitarist Shane Fontayne after the recent eventsd in Ferguson, Missouri. Another item on the playlist, Burning For the Buddha, created with pianist James Raymond and Marcus Eaton, commemorates the self-immolation of 128 Tibetan Monks in protest of China’s treatment of the Tibetan people. Read Mike Telin’s conversation with Graham Nash here. Tickets are available online from the Severance Box Office.

The Almeda Trio (pianist Robert Cassidy, violinist Cara Tweed and cellist Ida Mercer), the ensemble-in-residence at The Music Settlement, were the first classical group to appear at Bop Stop after the former jazz club was donated to the school. On Sunday, June 7 at 11:30 am, when they present the first Brunch Concert at the Ohio City facility, you can enjoy late morning fare along with piano trios by Johannes Brahms (No. 2 in C) and Maurice Ravel. Bop Stop opens at 10:30 am. There’s a suggested donation of $5 at the door, and food and drink will be available for purchase.

The Russian Duo, with Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika & vocals, and Terry Boyarsky, piano, will celebrate their new CD, Interplay, with a release party at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights on Sunday, June 7 at 7:00 pm. Enjoy the haunting sound of the balalaika (that triangular Russian instrument that permeated the soundtrack of Dr. Zhivago) in Russian folk music, romances, dances, gypsy melodies and Russian classical music and songs. You can reserve your seats online.

If you find yourself in University Circle early next week, drop in at the Church of the Covenant (11205 Euclid Avenue) on Tuesday, June 9 at 12:15 to catch organist Jonathan Moyer’s celebration of the music of Dietrich Buxtehude — the second of three concerts devoted to the famous 17th century Danish-born composer who held forth at the Marienkirche in the German city of Lübeck and had a major influence on Johann Sebastian Bach (Bach almost got fired when he took too much time off to study at Buxtehude’s feet). Some of his music is wildly improvisatory and really comes to life when played on a period-style instrument like the Covenant’s gallery organ. Before Moyer’s recital, George Leggiero will play the Covenant’s carillon (tuned tower bells) at noon. You can’t miss it. The recital is free.

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