Five Classical Musical Events You Should Catch This Week

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man at the Cleveland Museum of Art. A member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man has worked tirelessly to introduce Western audiences to the many voices of the Chinese lute. On Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 pm in Gartner Auditorium of the Cleveland Museum of Art, she’ll base her program around Chen Yi’s “Ancient Dances,” a three-movement work for pipa, percussion and video, accompanied by Chinese calligraphy. Tickets here.

The Cleveland Orchestra is busy this week. Part of the ensemble will play Mozart piano concertos with Mitsuko Uchida at Severance Hall on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30, Friday, April 10 at 8:00, and Saturday, April 11 at 8:00, while another, larger group will perform on Friday the 10th at 7:30 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church as part of the Orchestra’s “At Home in Broadway Slavic Village” community residency. Uchida will conduct TCO from the keyboard in Mozart’s piano concertos nos. 6 and 26, (just like “Wolfie” did back in the day) and violinist William Preucil will preside over Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 from the concertmaster’s stand. Tickets here. Former assistant conductor James Feddeck is in charge of the Broadway Slavic Village concert. All tickets have already been claimed, but you can catch a delayed telecast and radio broadcast of that event over WVIZ and WCLV, 104.9 FM.

Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble ends this season’s run-outs to the Cleveland Museum of Art on Saturday, April 11 at 2:00 pm, featuring music by Romanian-born György Ligeti (1923-2006). Oberlin organ professor Jonathan Moyer will challenge the wind supply of Gartner Auditorium’s Holtkamp organ with Ligeti’s “Volumina” (where the composer sometimes calls for the player to press down dozens of keys with his forearms), and Yuri Popowycz will tackle Ligeti’s “Violin Concerto.” To complete the program, Timothy Weiss will lead this first-class ensemble of young musicians in Tristan Murail’s “Feuilles à travers les cloches” and Philip Cashian’s “Three Pieces.” Tickets are a steal: $5 at the door.

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s International Series ends for the season with a recital by Russian-born guitarist Vladimir Gorbach at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30. Replacing Aniello Desiderio, Gorbach will make his Cleveland debut with music by Miguel Llobet, Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, Dionisio Aguado, Astor Piazzolla, ending with Alberto Ginastera’s “Sonata.” Tickets here.

One of Oberlin distinguished alumni, violinist Jennifer Koh returns to the college’s Artist Recital Series on Sunday, April 12 at 4:00 for a solo recital called “Bach and Beyond, Part III.” It’s amazing what the violin can do all by itself, and Koh will demonstrate that ability with J.S. Bach’s second and third solo violin sonata, Juciano Berio’s “Sequenza VIII,” and John Harbison’s “For Violin Alone.” The concert will take place in Oberlin’s Finney Chapel. Tickets here.
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