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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TubaSummer, the Orchestra at Blossom and Four More Classical Music Events You Should Check Out This Week

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 2:03 PM

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This last week of July, you have a choice between indoor and al fresco events (may the weather gods smile on concerts in the great outdoors).

On Wednesday, July 27, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival wraps up its faculty concert series in Ludwig Recital Hall on the Kent State campus with chamber music featuring Cleveland Orchestra musicians Barrick Stees, bassoon, Frank Rosenwein, oboe, and Richard Weiss, cello, with KSU professor Jerry Wong, piano. Some unusual repertoire — Villa-Lobos’s Duo for Oboe and Bassoon, Willard Elliot’s Suite of Six French Songs of the 15th Century for oboe, bassoon, and piano, and George Rochberg’s Four Short Sonatas for piano — join Brahms’s e-minor Cello Sonata on the program. Click here for ticket information.

Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki and French pianist Bertrand Chamayou will be the guest artists for The Cleveland Orchestra’s Summers @ Severance concert on Friday, July 18. The indoor portion of the evening includes Scriabin’s Piano Concerto and Schumann’s ode to the Rhine River, his Symphony No. 3. Before and after the 7:00 pm concert, you can enjoy eats and drinks on the Severance Hall Terrace. Tickets available online.

After local performances and tours to Tanglewood and Ravinia, Apollo’s Fire takes the last two performances of its “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Rediscovered” program to Cain Park in Cleveland Heights on Saturday, July 29 at 8:00 pm, and to the Conway Pavillion at Laurel School’s Butler Campus in Russell Township on Sunday, July 30 at 6:00 pm. Jeannette Sorrell conducts, and the evening features Vivaldi’s famous seasonal violin concertos with Olivier Brault, Susanna Perry Gilmore, and Alan Choo sharing the solos. Also on the agenda: Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos with René Schiffer and Mimé Brinkmann, and the Venetian master’s “Goldfinch” Concerto with flutist Kathie Stewart. The Sunday event can include a picnic dinner (see details and reserve tickets here.)

The Cleveland Orchestra moves to Blossom on Saturday, July 29 at 8:00 pm for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 with French soloist David Fray, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, led by guest conductor Vasily Petrenko. Tickets available online.

The company formerly known as Opera Circle Cleveland, but now as The Cleveland Opera will present its annual Opera in the Italian Garden on Sunday, July 30 at 6:00 pm on the Upper Level of the Italian Cultural Garden, 990 East Blvd. in University Circle. Solos, duets, and ensemble numbers will be featured along with wood-fired pizza, gelato and other accompaniments. Admission to the event is free.

The University of Akron’s answer to Christmas in July events is its TubaSummer concert (the counterpart of its popular TubaChristmas). This year’s edition takes place on Sunday, July 30 at 7:00 pm on Buchtel Common on the UA campus (Guzzetta Hall in case of rain). Tucker Jolly will conduct an ensemble of tubas, sousaphones, baritone horn, and euphonium players from all over Northeast Ohio. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome for this free event.

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

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