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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The First Tuesday Musical Concert of the Season and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

Posted By on Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 11:04 AM

This week’s attractions start with a visit from a splendid English vocal ensemble — the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, which was the first Cambridge chapel choir to include women. They’ll visit Trinity Cathedral on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 pm to sing music by Byrd, Tallis, Purcell, Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, Victor Kalinniko, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Morten Lauridsen, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Herbert Howells, and Gustav Holst, with direction by Stephen Layton. No admission charge, but a freewill offering helps cover costs.

After a brief holiday, The Cleveland Orchestra will be back to work at Severance Hall this week to play Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and the first act of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet under music director Franz Welser-Möst. Concerts will be on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 pm. Order tickets online.

Mélisse Brunet is the first in a series of guest conductors to lead the CIM Orchestra this season. Her program on Friday, September 20 at 8:00 pm in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music features clarinetist Shihao Hugh Zhu in the Copland Concerto and organist Hannah Koby in Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, plus Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole. It’s free, but you’ll need to reserve a seating pass here.



Oberlin Conservatory, which has one of the largest organ collections of any institution in the world, has just acquired a special new instrument. The Spanish Baroque organ built by Greg Harrold for Pacific Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley, California has been relocated in the rear of Warner Concert Hall. Arizona State University professor Kimberly Marshall will be the first of several recitalists to give dedicatory performances. On Sunday, September 22 at 4:30 pm, she’ll put the instrument through its paces in a program of Iberian music by Cabezón, Correa de Arauxo, Cabanilles, and Bruna, ending with a stirring battle piece by Diego da Conceição. The concert is free.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the famous fire on the Cuyahoga River that drew national attention to its pollution. Composer Margaret Brouwer’s Blue Streak Ensemble will mark the occasion with “Fire on the River” at the Western Reserve Fire Museum on Monday, September 23 at 7:00 pm. They’ll play music by Dawn Sonntag, Judd Greenstein, Brouwer, Gene Koshinki, Missy Mazzoli, and a premiere by Greg D’Alessio. Reserve tickets online.

Also on Monday, CSU’s Cleveland Contemporary Players Artist in Residence Series will present Clocks in Motion Percussion — Megan Arns, Matthew Coley, Christopher G. Jones, and Sean Kleve — at 8:00 pm in Drinko Hall. The playlist includes Adam Silverman’s Spiderweb Lead, Jennifer Bellor’s Of Maker and Movement, and Andrew Rindfleisch’s Chroma. The event is free.

Local classical guitar hero Jason Vieaux will team up with Escher Quartet first violinist Adam Barnett-Hart for the first Tuesday Musical concert of the season on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:30 pm in Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall. This unusual duo will play music by Jacques Ibert, Manuel de Falla, Handel, J.S. Bach, Barbara Kolb, Ysaÿe, and Piazzolla. Tickets are available online.

For details of these and other classical concerts, see our Concert Listings page.

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