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Monday, March 23, 2015

Five Classical Music Events to Catch This Week

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 5:13 PM

NEOSonicFest with Cleveland Chamber Symphony and Contemporary Youth Orchestra: The fourth festival event on Tuesday, March 24 in Waetjen Auditorium at CSU has a lot on its agenda. It includes a tribute to CCS founder, the late Ed London (with a performance of Bernard Rands’ “London Serenade”). It honors five “young and emerging composers” with professional premieres of their works (Buck McDaniel’s “Three Movements for String Orchestra” (CSU), Aubrie Powell’s “The Hermit” (Baldwin Wallace), Joseph Caffrey’s “Thinking” (College of Wooster), Samuel Boateng’s “Pi Lolo” (Kent State) & Steven Hecking’s Third Movement from “Collapse and Resurrection” (College of Wooster). It also includes a reprise of Stefan Podell’s “Concerto for Two Violas and Orchestra” with Cleveland Orchestra assistant principal Lynne Ramsey and CIM faculty member Jeffrey Irvine. Steven Smith will lead CCS in the five composers’ works, Liza Grossman will lead CYO in the Podell, and the two orchestras will play the Rands piece “side-by-side.” $10 donation suggested at the door ($5 for students).

Burning River Baroque, a relatively new group on the early music scene, likes to remind its audiences that the term “baroque” was coined to describe music that veered toward the bizzare. You can catch “Comedy and Coffee: Irreverent 18th century French Chamber Music by Bernier, Corrette, Grandval and Rameau” in three different venues this weekend: on Friday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron, on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 at Trinity Lutheran in Ohio City, and on Sunday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Alban’s in Cleveland Heights. Malina Rauschenfels doubles as soprano and cellist and the band includes Peter Lekx, baroque violin, Luke Conklin, baroque oboe & flute, Philliip Serna, viola da gamba & Paula Maust, harpsichord. No charge, but donations are welcome.

Mivos Quartet at Transformer Station. Violinists Olivia de Prato & Joshua Modney, violist Victor Lowrie, & cellist Mariel Roberts explore the range of what the modern string quartet can do with Alex Mincek’s “Quartet No. 3”, Martin Tauning’s “Atmende Steine” & Helmut Lachenmann’s “Quartet No. 3, ‘Grido’”). The art on the walls will only add to the experience on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 in Ohio City. Limited seating: better reserve tickets in advance here.

NEOSonicFest: FiveOne Experimental Orchestra (51XO). It’s anybody’s guess what FiveOne will come up with for its next program. The enterprising collective of young musicians will bring NEOSonicFest Two to a close on Saturday, March 28 at 8:00 pm at Zygote Press on E. 30th St. in Midtown with Marc Mellits' “Machine V” (2001), David Crowell's “Waiting in the Rain for Snow” (2011) & “Like a Machine” (world premiere, commissioned by 51XO), Ted Hearne's Furtive Movements (2012) & 51XO's own Zygote Jam. $10 donation suggested at the door ($5 students).

Alarm Will Sound. New music is big this month in Cleveland. The celebrated ensemble formed at the Eastman School of Music will end its weekend residency at CSU with a concert in Drinko Hall on Monday, March 30 at 8:00 pm. The program includes CSU faculty composer Andrew Rindfleisch’s “Vesper Voices,” and BW composer-in-residence Clint Needham’s “Urban Sprawl,” as well as Charles Wuorinen’s “Big Spinoff,” Sean Friar’s “In the Blue,” Aphex Twin’s “Cock—Ver 10” arranged by Stefan Freund, and Steve Reich’s “Radio Rewrite.” Admission is free.

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