Black Violin and Five Other Classical Music Events Not to Miss This Week

click to enlarge Black Violin and Five Other Classical Music Events Not to Miss This Week
Pierre Boulez, see Cleveland Institute of Music entry
Interesting concerts continue to pop up as the fall classical music season gathers momentum.

On Friday, September 23 at 8:00 pm in the Ohio Theater in Playhouse Square, Black Violin features Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, violin, and Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste, viola, two classically trained musicians from Florida who fuse hip-hop and pop with classical. They’ll announce their program from the stage. Tickets are available online.

Here’s a double-header at Oberlin on Saturday, September 24. At 6:30 pm, composer Peter Swendsen and percussionist Jennifer Torrence will present the premiere of What Noises Remain, a one-hour work for percussion, electroacoustic sound, text, and video. They use Shakespeare’s iconic play The Tempest to create a collaborative piece that is “part archeological dig, part musical narrative…an expression of confinement, control, and ultimately, wonder.” That’s at the Warner Center dance building Main Space at Oberlin College, 30 N. Professor St. It’s free, but tickets are required due to limited seating. You’ll be through in time to hear Rafael Jiménez conduct The Oberlin Orchestra in its first concert of the season in Finney Chapel. It’s an all-Russian program featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s stirring Symphony No. 5 in d. The concert is free, and if you can’t make it out to Oberlin, you can catch a live stream here.

The Cleveland Classical Guitar Society begins each season with a free Showcase Concert. On Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 at Plymouth Church, 2860 Coventry Rd. in Shaker Heights, you can enjoy performances Adam Larison, Duo Allant (Kathryn Thomas Umble, flute, and François Fowler, guitar), and the Gruca White Ensemble (Robert Gruca, guitar, and Linda White, flute). The program includes David Morgan’s Berimbau from One Dance, Many Dancers, Duo Allant’s Oceans, Jacques Ibert’s Entr'acte, Franz Schubert’s Lob der Tränen (arr. J.K. Mertz), Isaac Albéniz’s Mallorca (arr. A. Segovia), Robert Beaser’s Shenandoah, Chick Corea’s Spain, Carl Dimow’s Dreams of Yesterday and Tomorrow from Klezmer Suite, and Dušan Bogdanović’s Songs and Dances from the New Village.

The Cleveland Institute of Music
is celebrating the legacy of French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, who died last January at the age of 90, with a seven-concert tribute devoted to exploring the many facets of his musical personality (read a preview here). It begins on Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 pm in Mixon Hall at CIM with a program called “Boulez the Modernist I” featuring music for winds. Cleveland Orchestra members Mary Kay Fink, flute, Frank Rosenwein, oboe, Robert Woolfrey, clarinet, Barrick Stees, bassoon, and Richard King, horn, will play Elliott Carter’s Woodwind Quintet, Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VII for Solo Oboe, Gyorgy Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, Pierre Boulez’s Domaines for Solo Clarinet, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s PICCOLO from Der Jahreslauf, and Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite (arr. Mark Popkin). The concert is free, but you’ll need to order seating passes by calling 216.795.3211.

Montréal-based trumpeter Etienne Massicote visits the Bop Stop (2920 Detroit Ave. in Ohio City) on Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 pm with John Burroughs, spoken voice, for a program Massicote calls “New and Unusual Sounds of the Trumpet.” Olivier Messiaen’s Appel Interstellaire, John Burroughs’ Way Erred Scenes inside a Jazz Mine, Bloodshot & Unfinished, Peter Hatch’s Ida, My Dear (for trumpet and tape), and Christopher Biggs’s Decoherence (for trumpet, electronics, and live video) are on the menu, and drinks and small plates will be on sale. There’s no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be welcome.

For details of these and many other events, visit the Concert Listings page.
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