FiveOne Experimental Orchestra and Five Other Classical Music Events Not to Miss This Week

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Violinist Tessa Lark will join conductor Avner Dorman and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra in a five-concert mini-tour around Cleveland beginning on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm at Mentor Performing Arts Center. Dorman and the ensemble will take on two large, Romantic-era works by Felix Mendelssohn — his Hebrides Overture, depicting waves rushing in and out of Fingal’s Cave in Scotland, and his third symphony, nicknamed the “Scottish.” Lark will be featured in Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto. All five performances are free, although CityMusic will be grateful for your donation.

After Mentor, the orchestra wends its way to St. Jerome Church (15000 Lake Shore Blvd. in Cleveland on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 pm), Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights (3445 Warrensville Center Rd. on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 pm), The Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus (3649 E. 65th St. in Slavic Village on Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 pm), and ends up in Lakewood on Sunday, May 15 at 4:00 pm (Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 W. Clifton Blvd).

Music director Franz Welser-Möst returns to the Severance Hall podium to lead The Cleveland Orchestra in a particularly interesting set of programs this week. German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann will star in Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and members of the percussion section will be featured in Bartók’s scintillating Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta. Opening for Barók: fellow Hungarian Franz Liszt’s beautiful but rarely performed tone-poem Orpheus (dedicated to the mythological Greek musician who, in Shakespeare’s words, “with his lute made trees, and the mountain tops that freeze, bow their heads when he did sing.” Tickets can be reserved online for Thursday evening, May 12 at 7:30, and Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14 at 8:00 pm.

FiveOne Experimental Orchestra winds up its season this weekend with “The Mashup Concert” on Friday, May 13 at 9:00 pm at the Bop Stop. The intrepid ensemble also known as “51XO” describes the evening as “mashups, overlays, and battles between pop tunes and classical works.” You can join in the fun for $10 (reserve in advance here), and as usual, delectable small plates and full bar service will be available.

Remember the Iron Composer contest last fall at Baldwin Wallace, where five composers had only a few hours to come up with a new work that was 1) for an odd combination of instruments and 2) based on a board game of their choice? The winner was Canadian composer Tawnie Olson, whose new composition, Glimmer, Gossamer, Glint, will be performed by Carlton Woods and BlueWater Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. The rest of the program features soprano Marian Vogel — who recently sang Musetta for Cleveland Opera Theater’s La bohème — in Wolfgang Amadé Mozart’s recitative and aria “Mi tradi quell’alma ingrata” from Don Giovanni (the orchestra will also play the overture to the opera), and the complete incidental music Ludwig van Beethoven supplied for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play, Egmont. That set will be narrated by Joe Wendel of WCPN’s German Hour. It’s a straight-through concert with no intermission. Tickets can be ordered online.

The recent, untimely death of its founding director will make Good Company’s spring concert on Sunday, May 15 a bittersweet occasion. The choral group will honor the late Karen Weaver with the world premiere of a commissioned work by Lakewood-born composer David Conte, J.S. Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude, Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, and choral pieces by Mooeny, Applebaum, and Scolnick. Jena Root, Jennifer Scolnick, and Patrick Wickliffe will step in to conduct the concert, which begins at 4:00 pm at Lakewood Presbyterian Church. A freewill offering will be received.

The Syndicate for The New Arts will present an unusual lineup of contemporary music for harp and double bass on Sunday, May 15 at 5:00 pm in Historic St. John’s Church in Ohio City. Harpist Caitlin Mehrtens and bassist Austin Lewellen will unveil works by Jonah Haven, Greg Manuel, Judy Jackson, Sage Jenson, and Joshua Rosner. A discussion among the audience, composers, and performers will be moderated by executive editor Mike Telin. The concert is free.

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