Comic Opera 'The Secret Marriage' at BW and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week in Cleveland

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Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, Courtesy BW
It’s a busy week in Cleveland’s classical music scene. Here are eight attractive events to log into your schedule.

Trinity Cathedral’s Brownbag Concerts are featuring a series-within-a-series this spring. The subject is guitars, and on Wednesday, March 21 at noon, Bay Village native Colin Davin will solo with Todd Wilson and Trinity Chamber Orchestra in a free lunchtime performance. Bring a lunch or buy one for $7. The concerts are nominally free, but they depend on donations.

Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man will be joined by the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band in traditional music from rural China in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm. The Huayin folks rarely travel, so this will be a unique opportunity to enjoy their folk artistry without having to make a trip to Asia. Tickets are available online.

Pianist Sandra Shapiro has devised a four-concert series, “Musical Roots: an exploration of cultural heritage & influences,” that explores her father’s musical ancestry. The first program, on Wednesday, March 21 at 8:00 pm in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music, includes music by Liadov, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Schubert. The concert is free, but seating passes are required. Call 216.795.3211.

Burning River Baroque enjoys putting 17th- and 18th-century music across with all its drama intact. Soprano Malina Rauschenfels, harpsichordist Paula Maust, Baroque violinists Sarah Elizabeth Cranor and Reynaldo Patiño, and Baroque cellist Jessica Korotkin will give three performances this week of their program “Suppressed Voices: Music of the Banished.” The playlist includes music by Johann Rosenmüller, Peter Philips, Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco, and G. F. Handel, and performances are scheduled on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 pm in Stow, Friday, March 23 at 7:00 pm in Lakewood, and Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 pm in Cleveland Heights. Admission by freewill offering.

Baldwin Wallace University is importing Covent Garden’s Noa Naamat from London as guest director for its spring show, Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto (“The Secret Marriage.”) Performances of this popular comic opera run from Thursday, March 22 through Saturday March 24 at 7:30 pm, and conclude with a 2:00 pm matinee on Saturday, March 25 at John Patrick Theater in Berea. Tickets can be ordered online.

There’s something rare on the menu for The Cleveland Orchestra’s concerts at Severance Hall this weekend: Francis Poulenc’s witty Concert champêtre, written for Wanda Landowska, with Chicago-based harpsichordist Jory Vinikour as soloist. Guest conductor Stéphane Denève leads both the Poulenc and Rachmaninoff’s elaborately tuneful Second Symphony on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 pm. You can reserve tickets online.

Organist David Higgs is visiting from the Eastman School of Music this week for a recital sponsored by St. John’s Cathedral and the Cleveland chapter of the American Guild of Organists. On Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm at St. John’s, the popular virtuoso will put the Holtkamp organ through its paces with big works by Franz Liszt, Marcel Dupré, and Mendelssohn, in addition to a piece by Lakewood native David Conte and one of William Albright’s concert rags. The concert is free, but donations are welcome.

And on Saturday, March 24, fans of art song can enjoy a recital of Schubert Lieder as the composer’s friends would have enjoyed them — in an intimate setting with fortepiano. CWRU faculty soprano Ellen Hargis and pianist Francesca Brittan are the performers, and the intimate space is the Koch Recital Hall at the Maltz Performing Arts Center. The performance is free.

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