The Cleveland Cello Quartet and Four Other Classical Music Events Not To Miss This Week

Courtesy Bop Stop; Cleveland Cello Quartet

Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada and pianists Kirill Gerstein will be the next guests of The Cleveland Orchestra this spring. On Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 pm, Friday, May 6 at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 pm, Orozco-Estrada will lead the resident ensemble at Severance Hall in Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, and the stunning suite from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird. Gerstein will star in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The Friday show is one of the “[email protected]” events, with drinks and food before and after a one-hour, straight-through concert. Tickets can be ordered online.

Music for multiple cellos has multiple charms. The Cleveland Cello Quartet will do a bit of genre-bending and musical fusing at the Bop Stop on Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 pm, when Cleveland Institute of Music grads Anna Hurt, Carlyn Kessler, Sophie Benn, and Eva Ribchinsky will twist classical, pop, and jazz into intriguing new shapes and textures. Tickets are $10 at the door, but you can beat the rush by reserving online.

Everybody loves Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s faux-medieval celebration of spring, love, and the vagaries of fortune set to poetry accumulated by the wandering scholars of the not-so-Dark Ages, and starring randy lovers, a drunken abbott, and a swan singing about its fate while roasting on a spit. But not many fans know that the piece originally featured dance. The Akron Symphony will collaborate with GroundWorks Dance and choreographer David Shimotakahara to re-kineticize the piece on Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 pm in E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron. Christopher Wilkins conducts, the Akron Symphony Chorus has been prepared by Maria Sensi Sellner, and the soloists include Grace Kahl, soprano, Tim Culver, tenor, and Brian Keith Johnson, baritone. Also on the menu: Leonard Bernstein’s On the Waterfront. Tickets available online.

In addition to being elegant and fussy, French Baroque music also had its humorous side. Cleveland’s Les Délices will explore the world of the “Concerto Comique” in music by Michael Corrette, Francesco Corbetta (an Italian import), Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, and Jean-Joseph Mouret (who wrote the “Upstairs, Downstairs” title music) in concerts on Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 pm at the Bop Stop, and on Sunday, May 8 at 4:00 pm in Herr Chapel at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights (pre-concert talk at 3:00 pm). The fine period instrument musicians include Debra Nagy, director and baroque oboe, Julie Andrijeski and Scott Metcalfe, violins, Josh Lee, viola da gamba, and Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo and baroque guitar. You can buy tickets online.

Just in case you were about to forget, Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s Day. Lunch or dinner out is a natural way to celebrate, but may we also suggest a concert or two? Check out the concert listings for details about the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (Severance Hall at 3:00 pm), Heights Chamber Orchestra in “Music for Mothers” (3:30 pm at First Baptist in Shaker Heights), The Illium Woodwind Quintet at Waterloo Arts (4:00 pm in Collinwood), or Les Délices (4:00 pm, see above). Or you can celebrate the night before, when Steve Eva will lead the Chagrin Studio Orchestra in a pre-Mother’s Day program including Eduard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole (first movement with violinist Victor Beyens), Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, and music from the Disney Concert Library (Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 pm in Chagrin Little Theater).

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