Five Classical Music Events To Catch This Week

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The Cleveland Orchestra’s back to open its new season at Severance Hall this weekend. There’s no soloist at this weekend’s concerts, but the main act is a biggie — Richard Strauss’s panoramic Alpine Symphony. Nobody knows how Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony got its nickname, but it’s a winning opener for what promises to be a sonic spectacular, led by music director Franz Welser-Möst. The first concert is on Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 pm, and the program repeats on Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th, both at 8:00 pm (tickets here). The Orchestra will also open the four-month-long “Violins of Hope” Project this weekend — as well as inaugurating the new Maltz Performing Arts Center at CWRU. All the tickets are spoken for, but you can still catch the performance featuring violinist Shlomo Mintz and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 27 by tuning in to WVIZ/PBS, and WCLV, Classical 104.9 FM, or by logging on to

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Performing Arts Series opens this weekend at Transformer Station with three performances by Ellen Fullman on what the artist calls the “Long String Instrument.” Fullman will string wires through the gallery — some 50 feet or more in length — and “bow” them with rosin-coated fingers. Her cellist sidekick is Theresa Wong. The show plays on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm at 1460 W. 29th Street in Hingetown. Tickets here.

Fans of Flower Child, the 1950s-’60s resale emporium at 11508 Clifton Boulevard in the Edgewater neighborhood, can experience the shop in a completely different way on Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 pm when 51XO (FiveOne Experimental Orchestra) presents “Dream House,” a progressive concert featuring eight musicians in four different rooms. Read Mike Telin’s interview with Jeremy Allen to learn more. You’ll only need a $5 bill to join the fun.

Cleveland’s own French baroque ensemble, Les Délices, will perform all over town this weekend, beginning with a free concert on the Lorain County Community College “Signature Series” on Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 in the Corigliano Studio Theater at the Stocker Center, 1005 North Abbe Road in Elyria. Debra Nagy and her period instrument colleagues will “Pop Up” at the Robert Hartshorn Studio & Gallery at 2342 Professor Avenue in Tremont for a series of informal sets on Friday, September 25 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. They’ll also give a free, 45-minute interactive family concert at the Bop Stop on Saturday, September 26 at 3:00 pm, then reappear on Sunday, September 27 at 2:00 pm for another free performance at the main Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit). Registration is encouraged for the Bop Stop show (do that online here).

The Oberlin Conservatory has entered into a partnership with one of the world’s great finishing schools for pianists, the Lake Como Piano Academy in Northern Italy. To launch the new program, three pianists from the Academy — Ran Jia, Alessandro Delijavan & Marcos Madrigal — will play music by Schubert, Chopin, Scriabin, and Prokofiev to open the Artist Recital Series in Finney Chapel at Oberlin on Sunday, September 27 at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be ordered online.

Check out a complete two-week calendar of classical music events here.
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