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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fresh Perspectives Goes Green to Start the Season and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 11:06 AM

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Fresh Perspectives
is back, now styled as FP Creative, with its first happening of the season. On November 14 at 7:00 pm, “Pretty in Green #galaforthepeople” encourages you to come to Snap House Studios in Midtown clad in green or in nature-inspired fashion (prizes!) to enjoy interactive installations and hear Catharsis Winds, FP’s inaugural emerging artists-in-residence, in selections by Piazzolla, Gabriela Ortiz, and David Maslanka. Pay anything from $0 to $15 at the door, but RSVP first.

Guest conductor Jakub Hrůša will lead The Cleveland Orchestra in a second week of concerts beginning on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 pm. The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Children’s Chorus will help fill up the Severance Hall stage for John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls (inspired by 9/11) and Mahler’s joyous Symphony No. 4. Joélle Harvey is the featured soprano, and the program will be repeated on Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday afternoon at 3. Tickets here.

Then on Friday, November 15 at 8:00 pm, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra will tune up on the Severance Hall stage for its first concert of the season under Vinay Parameswaran. Competition winner Annie Zhang will solo in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, and the Orchestra will fill out the evening with Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Something for the Dark and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. Tickets here.

Cleveland’s other youth ensemble, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, will also open its season this weekend with a concert under the baton of Liza Grossman at Tri-C Mandel Theater in Richmond Heights on Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 pm. Antonio Pompa-Baldi will star in Roberto Piana’s new Concerto Fantastique, but he won’t actually be playing — he’s pre-programmed a Steinway Spirio piano to do the gig for him. Also on the program: Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Order tickets here.

Oberlin’s TIMARA Program (Technology in Music and Related Arts) will mark its 50th anniversary with the Kaleidosonic Music Festival on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 pm in and around Finney Chapel. Performers include Oberlin Choristers, Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (NOYO) musicians, the Oberlin College Black Musicians Guild, the Obertones a capella group, and many faculty and students from the College and Conservatory of Music — more than 250 of them during the four-hour event, which includes a brass fanfare with taiko drumming, organ and bagpipes, and 16-speaker surround sound. It’s free, and three food trucks will be in the parking lot to provide sustenance.

Also on Sunday, November 17, Cleveland Winds will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a free, 7:00 pm concert in Waetjen Auditorium at CSU. Founder Birch Browning will share conducting duties with Joseph Parisi of the University of Missouri, the invited guests include the University Heights Symphonic Band and the CSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the program will feature Adam Gorb’s Away Day, Gustav Holst’s Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo, and Ron Nelson’s Passacaglia.

Cincinnati-based pianist Awadagin Pratt will play the Eva Hornyak Memorial Concert on the free Signature Series at Lorain County Community College on Monday, November 18 at 7:30 pm. His substantial program in Cinema Hall of the Stocker Arts Center includes Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31, Op.110, Franck’s Prelude Chorale and Fugue & Liszt’s Sonata in b.

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

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