Five Classical Music Events Not to Miss This Week

Lots of trombones. Trombonists from major symphony orchestras will be featured all week at Cleveland State University during the 2015 Cleveland Trombone Seminar, the brainchild of Cleveland Orchestra assistant principal Shachar Israel. In addition to masterclasses and workshops, students and the public can enjoy a series of concerts and recitals, beginning on Tuesday, June 9 at 6:00 pm with the Great Lakes Trombone Ensemble, starring trombonists from the orchestras of Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Erie, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Detroit. Stephen Lange of the Boston Symphony will play a solo recital on Friday, June 12 at 6:00 pm, followed by Blair Bollinger of the Philadelphia Orchestra on Saturday, June 13 at 4:00 pm. On Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 pm, participants and associates come together in a wide-ranging concert that includes an arrangement of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem for flugelhorns, trombones, tuba, harp, organ and soprano. The first three performances are in Drinko Hall ($15 for the ensemble, $10 for the solo performance at the door). The Sunday concert is free in Waetjen Auditorium. See the ClevelandClassical concert listings for details.

Apollo’s Fire launches its summer season with two concerts, “Bach in the Countryside” on Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 pm and Friday, June 12 at 8:00 pm at the Baroque Music Barn in Hunting Valley. Tenor Ross Hauck will sing Georg Philipp Telemann’s very funny “Canary Cantata,” and flutist Kathie Stewart, violinist Olivier Brault and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell will join forces for the trio sonata from Bach’s A Musical Offering and the fifth Brandenburg Concerto (the one with the flashy harpsichord cadenza). Later in the week, the ensemble shifts into a more folksy mode with a program called “Sugarloaf Mountain, an Appalachian Gathering,” a collection of Elizabethan/Appalachian ballads, British and Celtic fiddle tunes, early American party & play songs, virtuoso fiddle variations, Southern hymns, Civil War Songs and Spirituals. The show plays on Saturday at 8:00 pm in Hunting Valley, Sunday at 2:00 pm in Bay Village, and Sunday at 7:30 pm in Chardon, and continuing into next week, with a free children’s show on Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 at Stow-Munore Falls Public Library. Tickets and details here.

Ohio Light Opera will produce 58 performances of eight shows this summer in Freedlander Theatre at the College of Wooster, kicking off its season with Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 pm. The mix of operettas and Broadway shows includes Cole Porter & Abe Burrows’ Can-Can, Ogden Nash & Kurt Weill’s One Touch of Venus, George & Ira Gershwin’s Oh, Kay!, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore and Yeoman of the Guard, and Franz Lehár’s Friederike. OLO rolls out new productions about once a week until late July, when all the shows are playing, giving the company the opportunity to hold a four-day symposium “On The Musical Theater Tradition” from July 28-31. Choose between afternoon and evening performances, and if you’d like to make an overnight of it, OLO has dinner and lodging packages to suggest. Details and tickets here.

Your choice of operas. Two local companies will go head to head on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 when Opera Circle produces Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Ohio Theater in PlayhouseSquare and Nightingale Opera raises the curtain on Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love at the Knight Performing Arts Center at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson. One’s a tragedy, the other a comedy, but both will feature excellent singers. Details and tickets for Butterfly here, and for Elixir here.

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra China Tour Send-Off. Severance Hall’s junior orchestra travels to China later this month, with concerts scheduled in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Ningbo from June 18-23. Music director Brett Mitchell will lead the ensemble in a send-off concert of music by Shostakovich, Kilar, Barber and Tchaikovsky on Sunday, June 14 at 3:00 pm in Severance Hall. Turn out and wish COYO bon voyage — it’s free, but tickets are required. Order online.

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