The Brasil Guitar Duo of João Luiz & Douglas Lora and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

click to enlarge The Brasil Guitar Duo of João Luiz & Douglas Lora and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week
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Curating thoughtfully-programmed, politically-inspired concerts has become a calling card for the innovative, Cleveland-based ensemble Burning River Baroque, and you can count on soprano Malina Rauschenfels to bring out every thread of drama in the music. Under the auspices of Fresh Perspectives, she’ll join harpsichordist Paula Maust, baroque flutist Sarah Lynn, and baroque cellist Glenna Curren in “The Other Side of the Story” at Glo in Cleveland on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 pm. The program draws on ancient mythology, literature, and Biblical passages, highlighting characters whose viewpoints are underrepresented, and includes the world premiere of Aaron Grad’s Honey-sweet we sing for you. A pre-concert discussion starts at 6:45 pm, and the evening includes a dj, bar, and light snacks. Name your own ticket price at the door, from $0 to $15. If you can’t make it to Glo, you can catch the same program in three different venues between March 21 and 23 (check out concert listings for details.)

Igor Stravinsky’s opera The Rake’s Progress is based on 18th century engravings of the same name by William Hogarth and boasts a libretto by W.H. Auden. Baldwin Wallace Opera Theater takes on this entertaining tale of Tom Rakewell and his pact with the Devil in the shape of Nick Shadow from March 21-23 at 7:30 pm and March 24 at 2:00 pm at the Klais Drama Center in Berea. Scott Skiba directs, and Domenico Boyagian guest conducts. Reserve your seats online.

Next up on the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society series is the Brasil Guitar Duo of João Luiz & Douglas Lora, who will bring an interesting program of original music and transcriptions by Rameau, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Gismonti, and Brouwer to Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 pm. Tickets here.

Trobár, the trio of Allison Monroe, voice and vielle, and Elena Mullins and Karin Weston, voice, will present a concert of songs by the medieval troubadours in both the original Occitan language and in English translation on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 pm at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $15 ($10 for seniors and $5 for students.)

Married couples make for great duo-piano teams, as Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Emanuela Friscioni will demonstrate on Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 pm in Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Their free concert is part of Tri-C’s Classical Piano Series, and a great event to combine with a museum visit.

Also on Sunday, and also free — though you’ll surely want to make a donation at the door — is a 3:00 pm concert at Rocky River Presbyterian Church by former Detroit Symphony bassist Rick Robinson and his Cut-Time Symphonica. It’s called “Making Classical Music Work Everywhere,” and includes a mix of symphonic standards, crossovers into jazz and rock, and new music for string quartet and drums by Robinson himself.

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

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