Some Classical Music Events to Catch the Weeks of Aug. 3 and Aug. 11

PAND (Performers and Artists for Nuclear Disarmament) will present its annual August 6th concert commemorating the bombing of Hiroshima in World War II at 7:30 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church on W. 14th St. in Tremont. Emma Shook & Elayna Duitman, violins, Lisa Boyko, viola, Paul Kushious, cello, Anna Jungeun Rathbun, soprano, Julia Russ, piano, Mary Kay Fink, flute & piccolo & Rebekah Efthimiou, harp — a distinguished group of musicians that includes members of The Cleveland Orchestra — will perform Toshio Hosokawa’s “Blossoming”, Francis Poulenc’s “La Courte Paille”, Kazuo Fukushima’s “Mei”, Shawn Head’s “My Pleas Were Never Heard” & Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F. Tickets, available online, benefit Peace Action Cleveland.

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the Polish conductor who welcomed George Szell and The Cleveland Orchestra to Warsaw during the ensemble’s first European Tour in 1957, and who began his own career in the States with an appearance at Severance Hall the following year, made his mark on the Minneapolis Symphony (now known as the Minnesota Orchestra), serving as its music director for 19 years, and returning to the podium at the invitation of orchestra members for benefit concerts during its recent, year-long lockout. The 91-year-old Skrowaczewski will visit Severance Hall on Friday, August 7 at 7:00 pm to lead The Cleveland Orchestra in Dmitri Shostakovich’s famous Symphony No. 5. He knew the composer and led the work’s Paris premiere, so this should be a special evening. Come early and stay late for food and drinks on the terrace — it’s a Summers@Severance Event. Tickets here.

The following night, August 8 at 8:00 pm, Cleveland Orchestra guest conductor Gustavo Gimeno and pianist Garrick Ohlsson will serve up three audience favorites. The playlist includes noble music by Beethoven (the “Leonore Overture No. 3,” the composer’s third but not last attempt at an overture for his only opera, “Fidelio,” and the majestic fifth piano concerto, dubbed the “Emperor.”) The third piece, Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, is pretty noble itself. Tickets can be ordered online, and under-18s are free on the lawn when they bring adults along.

Cleveland’s baroque orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, is packing its bags for a European tour later this month that includes a gig at the BBC’s Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. You can wish them bon voyage in two Gala Send-off Concerts on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:30 pm at Bath Church (in Bath) or on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 pm in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The featured guest will be violinist Alina Ibragimova, and the concert is advertised as “A Feast of J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and Vivaldi.” If you buy a gold-level ticket, the orchestra will ply you with champagne and hors d’oeuvres afterwards.

On August 15 & 16, The Cleveland Orchestra will play a double header at Blossom, including a classical program conducted by Oberlin Conservatory grad James Feddeck with Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma on Saturday at 8:00 pm, and a tribute to the British Invasion, ”The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and more” on Sunday at 8:00 pm. On Saturday, Lamsma will play the ultra-popular Tchaikovsky concerto, and Feddeck will lead Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to “Euryanthe,” and Jan Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5. The vocalists for the Sunday program include Storm Large & Shem von Schroeck, with conductor Michael Krejewski on the podium. Tickets here.

Cleveland Opera Theater (formerly Opera Per Tutti) will give fans a taste of its 2015-2016 season in an outdoor “Opera al Fresco” performance at the Dunham Tavern in midtown on Sunday, August 16 at 6:00 pm. WCLV’s Jacqueline Gerber will be the emcee, while sopranos Andrea Anelli & Marian Vogel, tenors Timothy Culver & Benjamin Bunsold, baritones Brian Keith Johnson & Benjamin Czarnota, and pianist Jeanette Davis perform favorite opera arias and ensembles. Admission is free, chairs, blankets and picnics are welcome, and food and beverages can be had from a fleet of food trucks. Bring the kids. There’s also a Children’s Art Carnival.

Check out the details for these and many other events in the concert listings.
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