The 86th Annual Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch in Cleveland This Week

click to enlarge The 86th Annual Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch in Cleveland This Week
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We’re used to surround sound, but not so much to surround film. You can enjoy both at the same time on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm and 7:45 pm. The Planetarium Project, a collaboration among the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will present premieres of 360-degree original films with scores by CIM composers in two identical shows. Tickets for the two performances at Shafran Planetarium at the Natural History Museum are $10 (call 216.231.1177 to reserve).

Your last chance to hear Apollo’s Fire’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo — unless you’re going to catch their performances in California later this week — will be on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm at St. Raphael Church in Bay Village. Tickets here.

The 86th edition of the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival takes over the Berea campus on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. There are four main concerts in Gamble Auditorium celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s music and his continuing influence. On Friday at 3:00 pm, Pittsburgh’s Chatham Baroque presents “Bach and Before,” followed at 7:00 pm by a concert of Bach and Mendelssohn featuring Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan and BW musicians, including the BW Symphony Orchestra.

On Saturday at 3:00 pm, the Kenari Saxophone Quartet will play Bach-influenced music by the late David Maslanka as well as JSB’s own tunes. And at 7:00 pm, Dirk Garner will lead the Motet Choir and Festival Orchestra in Bach’s St. John Passion (among the excellent soloists, Nichols Phan will sing the Evangelist). There’s more happening in addition to the four big events — go here for details and tickets.

John Knox Presbyterian Church in North Olmsted will host Harmonia, the six-piece Eastern European traditional band, who will play Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian, and Gypsy folk music from the Danube to the Carpathians on Friday, April 20 at 7:00 pm. It’s free!

The Cleveland Orchestra will present three performances of concert versions of Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde beginning on Saturday, April 21 at 6:00 pm in Severance Hall. The impressive cast includes tenor Gerhard Siegel as Tristan, and soprano Nina Stemme as Isolde. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Orchestra and the men of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Remaining performances are Thursday, April 26 at 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm. Tickets can be reserved online.

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