Six Classical Music Events to Catch This Week

Flutist Matthias Ziegler at Transformer Station. Ziegler plays principal flute for the Zürich Chamber Orchestra, but on the side, he gives "solo polyphonic" concerts on flute and electroacoustically amplified contrabass flute that defy easy description but explore a spectrum of fascinating sounds. He’ll make a local appearance courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 in the intimate space of Transformer Station in Ohio City. Tickets here.

Daniil Trifonov with The Cleveland Orchestra. The young, globe-trotting Russian pianist returns to his adopted city to team up with conductor Jahja Ling and trumpeter Michael Sachs for Dmitri Shostakovich's first piano concerto. Catch this concert of all-Russian music (Rachmaninoff's second symphony fills out the program) on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30, Saturday, March 21 at 8:00, or Sunday, March 22 at 3:00. Tickets here.

The Cleveland Wind Octet, mostly members of the wind section of The Cleveland Orchestra, will spend a night off from their Severance Hall duties performing Edvard Grieg's Four Lyric Pieces and Wolfgang Amadè Mozart's Serenade in c minor on the Chagrin Arts Series at Chagrin Falls Methodist Church (20 South Franklin St.) on Friday, March 20 at 7:30. Oboist Jeffrey Rathbun will also be featured in his alter ego as composer. His 2014 piece, “Rocky River Music”, for pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns & bassoons will make its second public appearance on Friday night. Tickets here.

Roomful of Teeth: it's not a convention of orthodontists but rather a vocal project from New York devoted to unusual styles of singing (they've been inspired by Tuvan and Inuit throat singing, yodeling, belting, Korean P'ansori and Georgian and Sardinian cantu a tenore styles.) They'll present a program of commissioned works (Caroline Shaw's Pulitzer Prize-winning “Partita”, William Brittelle's “High Done No Why To”, Judd Greenstein's “A E I O U” and “Montmartre,” & Rinde Eckert's “Cesca's View”) in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Friday, March 20 at 7:30. Tickets here.

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, launched more than thirty years ago, plays everything from Bach to Bluegrass, but for their visit to the International Series of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, John Darman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser & Scott Tennant will concentrate on music from the age of Cervantes before moving on to modern pieces and Kanengiser's arrangement of Manuel de Falla's “El Amor Brujo.” That all takes place on on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. Tickets here.

NEOSonicFest, a five-concert festival of new music sponsored by Cleveland Chamber Symphony in partnership with local ensembles, launches its second season this week with a concert by reVoice (mezzo-soprano Megan Elk, sopranos Susan Fletcher & Rachel Morrison & pianist Lorenzo Salvagni) at Survival Kit Gallery on Friday, March 20 at 9. Still to come: Cleveland Chamber Symphony and Verb Ballets in world premieres by Clint Needham, Jeremy Allen & conductor Steven Smith on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 in Gamble Auditorium at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Berea; Ars Futura Ensemble on Monday, March 23 at 7:30 at BOP STOP; CCS and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 in Waetjen Auditorium at CSU; and FiveOne Experimental Orchestra at the Zygote Press on Saturday, March 28 at 8:00. $10 suggested donation at the door for all events. Festival details here. 

For many more events, check out ClevelandClassical's complete concert listings here.
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