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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Maureen Choi and Her Spanish Jazz Quartet at the Bop Stop and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 12:56 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY MAUREEN CHOI
  • Courtesy Maureen Choi

Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, where many performers of pre-1800 music get their hands on the repertoire for the first time, is in session these two weeks at the Oberlin Conservatory. Part of the learning process is hearing performances by the BPI faculty. First up is Cleveland-based baritone Thomas Meglioiranza, who will join Oberlin fortepiano professor David Breitman in Schumann’s song cycle, Dichterliebe in Kulas Recital Hall on Thursday, June 20 at 2:00 pm. What’s special? Breitman will be playing a 1829 piano built in Vienna when Schumann was still alive. This time travel experience is free, and so is the first of two marathon concerts featuring participant chamber groups — on Saturday, June 22 beginning at 2:00 pm in Kulas Hall.

Also on Thursday June 20, violinist Maureen Choi and her Spanish Jazz Quartet will play a 7:00 pm set at Bop Stop. The Korean-American fiddler, who now lives in Madrid, will join Daniel Garcia, piano (Spain), Mario Carrillo, bass (Spain), and Michael Olivera, drums (Cuba) in reimaginings of sounds from the Spanish Diaspora. Buy your tickets in advance here.

ChamberFest Cleveland is in full swing with three themed events this week for which seats are still available. “Sei Solo (You Are Alone)” on Friday, June 21 includes solo works by J.S. Bach and John Cage as well as chamber works by Mendelssohn and Brahms. On Sunday, June 23, the topic is “Folklorica” with examples of folk-based music by Paul Wiancko, Bartók, Bruch, and Dvořák, with a pre-concert featuring violinist Nathan Meltzer and pianist Evren Ozel in Ponce’s Mexican Serenade Estrellita. Then on Tuesday, June 25, “Hungary for Music” includes music by Liszt, Brahms, and Erno Dohnányi, with a cameo appearance by Alexander Cohen in Péter Eötvös’ Thunder for solo timpani. Those events take place at 7:30 pm in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music except the concert on Sunday the 23rd, which starts at 2:30 pm in Harkness Chapel at Case. Tickets can be ordered online.

Backing up a few days, the Cleveland new music ensemble No Exit will present flutist Sean Gabriel and marimbist Andrew Pongracz in a free concert at Appletree Books on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 pm. The playlist includes Victoria Bond’s Shenblu, Betsy Jolas’ Episode 1, Peter Tanner’s Diversions, Augusta Read Thomas’ Karumi, and Howard J. Buss’ Stellar Visions.

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

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