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Monday, March 30, 2015

Five Classical Music Events You Should See This Week

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 3:53 PM

The Setzer-Wu Han-Finckel Trio (put those names in any order you like, because the group doesn’t want to adopt a name for itself), play the first installment of their current project, Beethoven piano trios, on the Tuesday Musical Series in E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron on Tuesday, March 31. This time around, violinist Philip Setzer (a Cleveland native and member of the Emerson Quartet), pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel (who run Chamber Music at Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo) will take on two really early Beethoven trios (opus 1) and a really late one (the “Archduke”). They return next season to finish the job. Call 330.972.7570 for tickets. Read Dan Hathaway’s interview with Wu Han here.

CIM Orchestra @ Severance: well-known violinist Jaime Laredo takes up the baton for Tchaikovsky’s sixth symphony (a.k.a. “the Pathétique) and John Corigliano’s “Voyage” for string orchestra, and joins pianist Shen Lu in Beethoven’s fifth concerto (the “Emperor”) for the CIM Orchestra’s final visit to Severance Hall this season. It’s on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 pm, and tickets are free but required (order them online). You can also listen in to a live broadcast over WCLV, 104.9 FM or thanks to the people at Audio-Technica.

Canadian-born bass-baritone John Relyea joins famed collaborative pianist Warren Jones for the next Oberlin Artist Recital Series event on Thursday, April 2 at 8:00 pm in Oberlin’s Finney Chapel. Relyea usually sings opera, as he explains in an interview with Mike Telin, but he’s had a good time putting together a program of songs by Richard Strauss, Modest Mussorgsky, Peter Warlock and Jacques Ibert (including Ibert’s Don Quixote songs). Tickets here.

Johann Sebastian Bach didn’t write operas, but he came close with his dramatic Good Friday settings of the Passion stories as told by John and Matthew. Trinity Cathedral will present Bach’s St. John Passion with the Trinity Cathedral Choir and Trinity Consort on Good Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm. Todd Wilson conducts. No admission charge, but donations are welcome.

Also on Friday, April 3, Iron Toys makes an appearance at BOP STOP. Tom Reed, Rich Shanklin, George Shernit & Howie Smith form a saxophone/woodwind quartet who will entertain you with classical, jazz and avant-garde music on more than twenty instruments (those iron toys) during a release party for the group’s latest recording. It starts at 8:00 pm at 2920 Detroit Ave. in Ohio City and will cost you $10 at the door. Reserve in advance here.

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