The Cleveland Orchestra's Summers at Severance Series and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

click to enlarge The Cleveland Orchestra's Summers at Severance Series and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week
Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland’s classical music scene continues to bloom this week in all kinds of colors and varieties, and here are several highlights.

On Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm, the Kent Blossom Music Festival will present its fourth faculty concert in Ludwig Recital Hall at Kent State University. The program features Jeffrey Rathbun (oboe), Daniel McKelway (clarinet), Barrick Stees (bassoon), and Jerry Wong (piano). It will be an all-Mozart affair, with the Divertimento for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K. 452 and Serenade in E-flat Major, K. 375. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, available here.

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Summers at Severance
series begins on Friday, July 27, at 5:30 pm with a pre-concert happy hour. At 7:00 pm, 91-year old Herbert Blomstedt will conduct the orchestra in Brahms’ beloved fourth symphony. The fun will continue with an after-party on the outdoor terrace with more drinks and snacks — and a DJ, too! The following day at 8:00 pm, the Orchestra will be at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. Blomstedt will again lead the Orchestra in Brahms 4, as well as in Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”). The Orchestra will also be at Blossom on Sunday, this time with Andy Einhorn conducting. That 7:00 pm concert will feature soprano Audra McDonald singing Broadway favorites by Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, and others. Tickets for all three events can be found online.

On Saturday, July 28 at 8:00 pm, the new music ensemble No Exit will present a concert of avant-garde music at Heights Arts Gallery in Cleveland Heights featuring clarinetist Gunnar Owen Hirthe and flutist Hong-Da Chin. The concert is free.

Two performances of opera in the open air will take place this weekend. The Cleveland Opera and the Cleveland Ballet will team up on Sunday, July 29 for the ninth-annual “Opera in the Italian Garden,” in the Upper Level of the Italian Cultural Garden at 990 East Blvd. The 6:00 pm concert is free, but there will be wine and wood-fired pizza for sale.

At 7:00 pm on Sunday, Cleveland Opera Theater will continue its summer concert series at BAYarts, 28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village. Concessions will be available, and blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are encouraged.

The University of Akron’s 19th TubaSummer will also take place on Sunday, July 29 at 7:00 at Guzzetta Amphitheater (outside Guzzetta Hall, which is the event’s rain location). Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcomed here, too, and the event is also free. Tucker Jolly conducts tuba, sousaphone, baritone horn, and euphonium players from all over Northeast Ohio in a program to be announced. If you are interested in playing, call 330.972.8301 or email [email protected]. There will be an afternoon rehearsal prior to the concert.

On Monday, July 30 Cain Park’s free chamber music series will be filled entirely with trombone music with a performance by Le Bon Bones, a group of professional trombonists who have performed with ensembles like The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, and Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. The performance is in the Alma Theater at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights. — Delaney Meyers

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