'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' at Severance and Four More Classical Music Events to Hit This Week

Pianists who win the Cleveland International Competition don’t just fade into oblivion — the prize comes along with several years’ worth of recitals, a number of them in Northeast Ohio. Nikita Mndoyants, the 2016 gold medalist, will play twice at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory this week. First is a solo recital on Friday, October 27 at 7:00 pm, second an appearance with the BW Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 28, when Mndoyants, conductor Tiffany Chang, and the orchestra will collaborate in Beethoven’s First Concerto. Both concerts are free.

Baldwin Wallace musicians will also be featured in Cleveland Opera Theater’s production of The Threepenny Opera this weekend. Adapted by Bertolt Brecht, Elisabeth Hauptmann, and Kurt Weill from John Gay’s 18th-century ballad opera, The Beggar’s Opera, the show will feature Laura Pederson as the Street Singer and BW voice professor Marc Weagraff as Sheriff Tiger Brown. Domenico Boyagian conducts the COT orchestra in performances at the Maltz Center in University Circle on Friday, October 27 at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available online.

Among the delightfully scary concerts that will usher in Halloween is a screening of the 1931 silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Severance Hall. Todd Wilson will improvise a musical score at the E.M. Skinner organ just as his predecessors did on their mighty Wurlitzers in the era before “talkies” were invented. The fun begins on Friday, October 27 at 8:00 pm. Tickets can be had online.

Severance Hall spookiness continues on Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 pm, when Carl Topilow leads the CIM Orchestra in a Halloween Spooktacular (The Cleveland Orchestra is still on tour in Europe). The program includes Paganini’s The Witches’ Dance and other deliciously frightening musical fun. Halloween costumes are welcome (better dress up — the orchestra will), and pre-concert activities will begin at 2:00 pm. Buy your tickets online.

Severance Hall will host a third special event this week when Argentine-born pianist Martha Argerich makes her long-awaited Cleveland debut on Monday, October 30 at 7:30 pm in a duo-piano recital with CIM’s Sergei Babayan. The event, sponsored by the Cleveland International Piano Competition, which Babayan won in 1989, will feature Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos, and Prokofiev works arranged by Babayan: the Suite from Romeo and Juliet, selections from Hamlet, incidental music to Eugene Onegin, and film music from Queen of Spades. Tickets can be ordered online.

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