NEOSonicFest Continues With New Music and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

click to enlarge NEOSonicFest Continues With New Music and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week
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NEOSonicFest continues this week with three new music events, beginning on Wednesday, April 3 with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony’s latest New and Emerging Composers concert, featuring college and university composers. Steven Smith conducts the Orchestra in music by Chris Neiner (Cleveland Institute of Music), Steve Chauvette (Baldwin Wallace), Zachariah Thomas (Bowling Green), Robert Hosier (Cleveland State), Andrew Wegerski (University of Akron), Scott Little (Kent State), Samuel Ryan Silverman (Tri-C), and Andrew Dana (Oberlin). The free, 7:30 pm concert is hosted by Baldwin Wallace in Gamble Auditorium.

On Friday, April 5 at 7:30 pm, the CIM New Music Ensemble co-hosts a concert at Glo with Fresh Perspectives. The program includes Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo, Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XIV, and Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale with video by Kasumi. It’s free, and there’s an after-hours dance party to follow, curated by Jest Media.

Then on Sunday, April 7 at 5:00 pm at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony returns to join Verb Ballets, Cleveland School for the Arts Dancers, and the Cleveland Composers Guild in new music with choreography. Composers include Margi Griebling-Haigh, Gabriel Novak, George Walker, Keith Fitch, and Julia Perry. It’s free but you’ll need to reserve tickets online.

Cleveland’s French Baroque ensemble Les Délices is getting into the new music business as well, with the premiere of a new, nature-inspired work for period instruments by Theo Chandler. It shares the program this weekend with Jean-Féry Rebel’s The Elements — a forward-looking work from the 18th century. There are performances on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 pm at Lakewood Congregational Church and Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 pm in Herr Chapel of Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. Tickets can be reserved online.

Arts at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is bringing British-born organist Clive Driskill-Smith and percussionist Joseph Gramley of the Silk Road Project and the University of Michigan to Akron on Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 pm. They call their duo Organized Rhythm, and they’ll play their own arrangements of Copland’s Hoe-Down and three movements from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, plus an extra one they commissioned for poor old Pluto, a heavenly body that has gone on and off the list. Also on the program: original and commissioned music for their unusual combination of instruments by Paul Creston, Jacob Rogers, and William Susman. It’s free, but a donation would be a nice gesture.

Also on Sunday, April 7, two young keyboard players will be featured a few miles apart in solo recitals. At 4:00 pm, 13-year-old organist Daniel Colaner, who studies at the Eastman School of Music, plays “A Journey from Bach to the Present” at Fairlawn Lutheran Church (in Fairlawn). At 5:00 pm at Christ Church in Hudson, Music from The Western Reserve will host pianist James Wilson, a senior at Hudson High School, in a program of music by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, and Chopin. No charge for Colaner, but you’ll need tickets for Wilson.

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s next event on Monday, April 8 at 7:30 pm features the Diamond Brass Quintet — Amanda Bekeny and Nina Bell, trumpets, Greg Hillis, horn, Whitney Clair, trombone, and J.c. Sherman, tuba. They’ll be presenting premieres of music by Andrew Rindfleisch and works by J.S. Bach, John Cheetham, and Malcolm Arnold. It’s free at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River.

Check out details of these and other events on our Concert Listings page.
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