Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Apollo's Fire Sends 'Sugarloaf Mountain' On Tour and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 7:47 AM

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If you think that classical music goes on holiday in August, consider these events that offer you a wide range of choices this week:

Ohio Light Opera has been opening shows on a regular basis since June, and this week, all seven productions are on the boards — and all will receive their final performances of the season. On Wednesday, August 8, its Cloclo. On Thursday, August 9, it’s La Périchole (matinee) and Iolanthe (evening). Pajama Game and Candide will keep the stage crew busy for performances at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm on Friday, August 10, and the same goes for Saturday, August 11, when Babes in Arms and 50 Million Frenchmen close the OLO season in matinee and evening performances. Tickets are available online.

Apollo’s Fire
is scheduling two send-off performances of its Sugarloaf Mountain program before taking the show on tour to Ireland, where its story of immigrants who brought their songs to Appalachian America began. Catch this popular program in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music on Wednesday, August 8 at 7:30 pm, or at the Bath Church (in Bath) on Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 pm. Buy your tickets here.

The Punch Brothers, mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, and violinist Gabe Witcher, with guest vocalist Madison Cunningham, will visit the Evans Amphitheatre in Cleveland Heights’ Cain Park, on Thursday, August 9 at 8:00 pm. Buy your seats for an evening of acoustical bluegrass “and beyond” here.

The Cleveland Orchestra will play both in Cleveland and at Blossom this weekend. On Friday, August 10 at 7:00 pm, Vasily Petrenko, will lead the ensemble in Elgar’s In the South and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra at Severance Hall. (Come early and stay afterwards for drinks and food on the terrace.)
On Saturday, August 11 Petrenko and the Orchestra move to Blossom for an 8:00 pm concert featuring pianist Simon Trpčeski in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with more Russian music by Liadov and Prokofiev.
Then on Sunday August 12 at 7:00 pm, the Orchestra will take the night off and a single musician will command the Blossom stage as cellist Yo-Yo Ma plays all six of J.S. Bach’s unaccompanied suites. Tickets for all three events can be ordered from the Severance Hall box office.

“Hip Hop | Minimalism” is the intriguing title of Time Canvas’ program featuring violinist Chiara Fasani Stauffer, guitarist Joshua Stauffer, bassist Joel Negus and percussionist Luke Rinderknecht at St. John’s in Ohio City on Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 pm. Archie Green will emcee the evening, and tickets can be reserved here.

Mastersingers Inc. Chorale will bid farewell to its founding conductor, J.D. Goddard, in an all-Brahms program on Sunday, August 12 at 3:00 pm in SS. Cosmas & Damian Church in Twinsburg. The free concert features the German Requiem and the Fourth Symphony.

And speaking of free concerts, on Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 pm, the Cain Park Free Chamber Music Series will present Duo Anime (percussionists Mell Csicsila and Andrew Pongracz) with guest flutist Kyra Kester in its Alma Theater in Cleveland Heights.

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

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