Cleveland POPS Begins the Holiday Concert Season and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

click to enlarge Cleveland POPS Begins the Holiday Concert Season and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week
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Thanksgiving week is largely a week off for Northeast Ohio’s classical musicians, but here are four events that can lure you away from the dinner table and the shopping frenzy.

The Cleveland Orchestra welcomes early music guru Nicholas McGegan back to Severance Hall for performances of Vivaldi’s ever-popular The Four Seasons on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 25 at 3:00 pm. McGegan will team up with violinist Peter Otto for the Vivaldi — the two go way back to their St. Louis Symphony days. McGegan will also lead Mozart’s “Chaconne” from Idomeneo and Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony. These concerts will fill up quickly, so better get your tickets online early.

There’s still a month before Christmas, but Carl Topilow and the Cleveland POPS are first up with a holiday concert this weekend. Their Holiday Pops Spectacular takes place on Sunday, November 25 at 8:00 pm at the Connor Palace Theatre in Playhouse Square. They promise “fun-filled lobby activities, adorable, adoptable pets from local animal shelters, and a visit from Santa Claus.” Tickets available online.

There’s a choice of two events on Tuesday, November 27, both at 7:30 pm. At Plymouth Church, the Cleveland Chamber Music Society will present the Juilliard String Quartet in music by Beethoven, Lembit Beecher (a new piece), and Dvořák. CWRU musicologist and correspondent Nicholas Stevens will talk about the music at 6:30 pm, and tickets can be ordered online (special pricing for students).

And the Lorain County Community College’s Signature Series will welcome cellist Seth Parker-Woods for a fascinating program titled “Dehiscence: A Sonic Radicalisation.” The playlist include the anonymous Sonata in a from the Como Manuscript, Giacinto Scelsi’s Maknongan (1976) and Triphon: Jeunesse, Energie (1957), Giuseppe Maria Dall’Abaco’s Capriccio primo, Claudio Gabriele’s PNOM (2005), Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Passa Galli, and Alvin Singleton’s Argoru II (1970). It’s at the Studio Theatre of the Stocker Arts Center in Elyria, and the cost is zero.

Check out details of these and other events on our Concert Listings page.
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