Five Classical Music Events Not to Miss This Week

The Young Artists edition of the Cleveland International Piano Competition settles in for ten days of activities at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory this week. The events include inspirational recitals by international contest winners who have established careers on the world’s concert stages. Vassily Primakov will play a short recital at the opening ceremony on Tuesday, May 12, followed by full-length programs by Mariam Batsashvili on Saturday, May 6, Sean Chen on Sunday, May 17, and (next week) by Alexander Schimpf, 2013 CIPC winner, on Wednesday, May 20. All programs are in Gamble Auditorium at Baldwin Wallace. Details and tickets here.

Les Délices, Cleveland’s conduit to the French Baroque era of Louis XIV (under the direction of Debra Nagy) will play informal concerts on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:00 pm in the Galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and on Friday, May 15 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm during the Third Friday open house outside Hartshorn Studios—The Vault at the W. 78th St. Studios just off Lake Avenue. Both performances are free.

Cleveland Orchestra [email protected]. Music director Franz Welser-Möst begins his spring homestand this weekend with concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. On Friday, May 15 at 7:00, he’ll join Christian Tetzlaff for the contemporary German composer Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto and Antonin Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony in a 75-minute, intermissionless concert. A pre-concert at 6:00 pm will feature three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovio Santos Neto playing keyboard variations on Dvorak’s tunes and on music from world-wide emigration movements, backed up by percussionists Dylan Moffat and Patrick Graney. After the main event, Jamey Haddad and friends will provide more music in the Grand Foyer during the “@fterparty,” with food and drink catered by Marigold. Tickets available here.

The Singers’ Club and BW Musical Theatre Department will bring together one of Cleveland’s oldest musical groups — a male chorus — with young singers destined to be tomorrow’ Broadway stars in “Broadway Swings at Breen” on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 at the Breen Center at St. Ignatius High School in Ohio City. The BW performers are directed by Victoria Bussert and Scott Plate. Mel Unger leads the gentlemen of the Singers’ Club. Tickets here.

Community Orchestras contribute an important layer of involvement to the region’s culture life, and three of them will be performing at nearly the same time on Sunday afternoon, May 17. At 3:00 pm, Cleveland Orchestra first assistant principal concertmaster Peter Otto will join Victor Liva and the Cleveland Philharmonic for Dvorak’s Violin Concerto at Tri-C’s Western Campus Theater. At the same hour, Vincent Danner and Cleveland Orchestra cellist Brian Thornton will conduct the Solon Philharmonic and young competition-winning pianists Isabella Lin and Alexa Chin in concertos by Hummel and Grieg at the Solon Center for the Arts. At 3:30 pm that afternoon, Martin Kessler and the Suburban Symphony will celebrate the 125th anniversary of University School with the world premiere of faculty composer Joseph Hollings’ Sinfonia in Conway Hall at University School’s Shaker Heights campus. The Suburban concert is free. You can order Cleveland Philharmonic tickets online here, and Solon Philharmonic tickets here.

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