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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Four Classical Music Events to Catch This Week

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 9:26 AM

Young Pianists. By Tuesday evening, May 19, the field of 25 twelve to eighteen-year-old pianists who assembled at Baldwin Wallace last week from all corners of the globe to compete for cash prizes in the Cleveland International Piano Competition’s new Young Artists Competition will have been pared down to three finalists each in the Junior and Senior divisions. There are some amazing fingers making phenomenal music during this ten-day contest. The final round moves to Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 pm, when each finalist will play a concerto movement with Gerhardt Zimmermann and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. On Wednesday evening, May 20 at 7:30 in Gamble Auditorium at BW, Alexander Schimpf, the gold medalist in CIPC’s 2012 contest and a member of the jury for this competition, will be the fourth grown-up performer to inspire future laureates with a solo recital. Details in the ClevelandClassical concert listings.

Last Brownbag at Trinity. Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland closes out its current season on Wednesday Noon Brownbag Concerts on May 20 at 12:10, when former music director Horst Buchholz returns to conduct Trinity Chamber Orchestra in works by Claude Debussy and Josef Rheinberger featuring harpist Parker Ramsay and organist (and current music director) Todd Wilson. Ramsay, an artist diploma candidate at Oberlin, is a celebrated organist (the first American to serve as organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and top prizewinner in the Sweelinck Competition in the Netherlands last year), but he’s equally adept on the harp. Wilson is versatile as well, playing everything from silent film scores to the standard organ repertoire. The concert is free (donations welcome), and you can pack a lunch or buy one on-site for $5.

Two at the BopStop. The former jazz club on Cleveland’s near West Side is still serving up jazz, but it’s also becoming a popular venue for classical music. This week, the NOA Trio (Beiyao Ji, piano, Victoria Lewis, violin, & Carlyn Kessler, cello) teams up with guest violist Matt Ross to play Poulenc, Mendelssohn, Bloch and Brahms in a free concert on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 pm (drinks and small plates available). Then on Saturday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, an all-star cast of local singers — soprano Marian Vogel, mezzo-soprano Sandra Ross, tenor Tim Culver and baritone Brian Johnson — will be featured in a mix of Broadway and opera tunes from Cole Porter to Puccini, with Judy Ryder at the piano. This is a first at the BopStop: a cabaret-style dinner concert ($25, cash bar), and you’ll need to make reservations in advance.

The Cleveland Orchestra is only performing once this week (preparations for an opera and the League of American Orchestras conference next week are keeping them busy at Severance Hall), but Friday evening’s 8:00 pm performance brings a favorite Beethoven Symphony (No 6, the “Pastoral”) together with a huge Richard Strauss tone poem, the Symphonia domestica (the program will be repeated on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 pm). In other works on this scale, Strauss explored the stories of Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel, the philosophy of Nietzsche and the idea of a hero’s life (portraying, with characteristic modesty, the life of the composer himself). In the “Domestica,” he chronicles the everyday events of a happy household. Franz Welser-Möst conducts. Tickets can be ordered online.

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