4 Classical Music Events You Shouldn't Miss This Weekend

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Paul O'Dette
This week, Cleveland has both old and new music to offer classical fans, plus a tightly-curated program of music dating from between the two 20th-century world wars. Enjoy!

Remember John Luther Adams’s Veils and Vesper and Inuksuit, two lengthy immersion pieces that the Cleveland Museum of Art staged at Historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ohio City and at Lakeview Cemetery in September of 2014? (The latter spread a small army of percussionists over a wide swath of territory.) You can hear another of the Alaskan composer’s nature-inspired works on Friday, January 29 at 7:30 pm in Tucker Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, when David B. Ellis leads his Earth and Air String Orchestra in Adams’s In the White Silence. The 75-minute piece was, in the composer’s words, “influenced by the exquisite colors of the sub-Arctic winter night on snow...harmony and color floating in space, suspended in ‘time undisturbed.’” This unusual sonic experience will cost you $20 at the door ($10 if you’re a student).

Another unusual aural evening will take place on Saturday, January 30 at 7:00 pm at SPACES Gallery, when the Celluloid Liberation Orchestra and the Silence Quartet join together for Interlocutors: A Live Video & Music Experience, with the Celluloid Liberation Orchestra (Adam Holquist, piano & electronics, Steve Lull, guitar & electronics, and Ian Maciak, percussion), video artist Kasumi, composers Mike Crooker and Ron “Pyrosonic” Slabe, and the Silence Quartet, featuring Andrew Auten, Jason Rodriguez, and Moniker (Nathan Mahan and Matt Lageson). The program will feature “composed, improvisational” scores to Georges Méliès’ 1904 silent film The Impossible Voyage and Germaine Dulac’s 1928 Surrealist silent film The Seashell and the Clergyman (based on a screenplay by Antonin Artaud), as well as improvisations to live video exploring the interplay between sight and sound. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Paul O’Dette, one of the world’s finest lute players (he’s won two Grammys and made over a hundred recordings), will visit the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s series at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights on Saturday, January 30 at 7:30 pm for a program entirely made up of music by John Dowland. The 16th-century lutenist wasn’t the most jovial of figures (he was subject to fits of depression, as he noted in the title of his piece Semper Dowland semper dolens), but his music also celebrates royalty and members of the aristocracy in cheerful tunes with such fanciful titles as Mistris Winters Jump and The Frogg Galliard. Tickets can be ordered online. O’Dette will also give a free lecture/performance in Harkness Chapel at CWRU on Friday, January 29 at 4:00 pm.

Ensemble HD, members of The Cleveland Orchestra and friends named for their well-publicized evenings of chamber music at The Happy Dog in Gordon Square, will bring a new cabaret-style show to West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River on Monday, February 1 at 7:30 pm. Flutist Joshua Smith, oboist Frank Rosenwein, violinist Amy Lee, violist Joanna Patterson, cellist Charles Bernard, and pianist Christina Dahl will present “Cabaret: Between Two World Wars” on the Rocky River Chamber Music Society series. The program, devised by Smith, will include Leoš Janáček’s Pohádka for Cello and Piano, Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1, Max Reger’s Suite in g for Solo Viola, Benjamin Britten’s Temporal Variations for Oboe and Piano, Gustav Holst’s Terzetto for Flute, Oboe and Viola, Edgar Varèse’s Density 21.5 for Solo Flute, Claude Debussy’s Violin Sonata in g, and Zoltán Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7. No beer or hot dogs in this venue, but admission is free.

For details of these and other events, visit the ClevelandClassical.com concert listings page.
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