Jim Jarmusch Accompanies Man Ray Silent Films at CMA Plus Seven More Classical Music Events to Hit This Week

The Cleveland Museum of Art invites you to explore the strange world of Dada and Surrealist artist Man Ray in four silent films with semi-improvised accompaniment by filmmaker, electric guitarist and keyboardist Jim Jarmusch and drummer Carter Logan on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 pm in Gartner Auditorium. Jarmusch and Logan appear as SQÜRL, which they describe as an “enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City.” Their experimental, ambient music makes use of loops, synthesizers, and “effected” guitars. Contemporary Art Curator Reto Thüring will moderate a conversation after the screenings. Tickets can be reserved online.

The Cleveland Orchestra is back from its European tour this week for concerts at Severance Hall led by Vladimir Ashkenazy on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, November 5 at 3:00 pm (change your clocks after 2 am on Sunday or you’ll get there an hour early). Pianist Emanuel Ax will be featured in Beethoven’s First Concerto, and Ashkenazy will guide the Orchestra through Edward Elgar’s Serenade and Enigma Variations. Click here to reserve online.

“Silence, Space, and Sound” are the topics that Time Canvas Ensemble will explore in two concerts this weekend. Violinist Chiara Fasani Stauffer, guitarist and theorbist Joshua Stauffer, and cellist Roland Gjernes are devoted to mixing old and new music, this time in a program of works by Jeremy Allen, Dusan Bogdanovic, Astor Piazzolla, Philipp Friedrich Bödecker, Pandolfi Mealli, and Alessandro Stradella. They’ll play on Friday, November 3 in Historic St. John’s Church in Ohio City, and again on Saturday, November 4 at Zygote Press on E. 30th St. in Cleveland. A donation of $15 is requested for the 8:00 concerts, and you can reserve seats online.

Called “classical guitar’s reigning diva,” Sharon Isbin has won multiple Grammys for her artistry, and was the only classical musician to play for the 2010 Grammy Award Ceremony. She’ll play several works written for her on the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s International Series at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm, and join native Clevelander Colin Davin in selections for two guitars. Book your seats online.

The Cleveland Institute of Music’s New Music Ensemble, directed by Keith Fitch, will feature works by Oberlin faculty composer Stephen Hartke on their concert on Sunday, November 5 at 4:00 pm in Mixon Hall. The program includes Hartke’s The Blue Studio (2015), Oh Them Rats Is Mean In My Kitchen (1985), and Gradus (1999), as well as Donald Erb’s Drawing Down the Moon (1991) and The Devil’s Quickstep (1982). You can hear Hartke talk about his music and his approach to composition on Saturday, November 4 at 1:30 pm in CIM’s Studio 113. Both events are free.

The student-led Oberlin Cantata Project aims to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by presenting one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s church cantatas in its original context. Matt Bickett will lead eight singers and a small period instrument orchestra in Bach’s cantata Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott at the Church of the Covenant in University Circle on Sunday, November 5 at 5:00 pm. The piece will be be performed alongside music by Muffat, Buxtehude, and Pachelbel — works that Bach’s Leipzig congregation might have experienced during a Sunday service along with his cantata. A freewill offering will be received.

Another concert on the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Performing Arts Series will feature Ji Aeri on the kayagum, a 12-stringed Korean zither. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens,” the program will include traditional and contemporary Korean music. The concert takes place in Gartner Auditorium on Sunday, November 5 at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be reserved online.

ClimateKeys, a worldwide series that combines pianists with speakers about climate change, will present Cleveland pianist Halida Dinova in “Romantic Piano Music and Science” in the chapel of Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights on Monday, November 6 at 7:30 pm. Her recital of music by Chopin, Scriabin, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt will be followed by a 15-minute talk about climate change by CSU’s Dr. Kevin Mueller and a discussion moderated by CWRU’s Dr. Alan Tartakoff. A reception follows. The event is free, though a freewill offering will be received.

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