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Les Délices to revive Louis XIV’s oboe bands in concerts this weekend

by Mike Telin

Royal-Wind-Band-Coronation-Louis-XVOver the past five seasons, the Cleveland-based baroque ensemble Les Délices has often treated audiences to concerts that highlight the refined music from the Royal Court of King Louis XIV. This weekend the ensemble presents two concerts that feature another side of the music from that court with “The Musketeers,” a colorful program featuring baroque oboes, bassoon, baroque guitar, theorbo, and percussion inspired by Louis XIV’s oboe band, Les Mousquetaire.

On Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 pm at The Bop Stop and on Sunday, October 26 at 4:00 pm in the Herr Chapel at Plymouth Church, Les Délices artist director Debra Nagy will be joined by her baroque oboe colleagues Stephen Bard and Kathryn Montoya, baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh, percussionist Michelle Humphreys, and guitarist and theorboist, Simon Martyn-Ellis, in performances of music by Lully, Hotteterre, Philidor and others. [Read More...]

Summit Choral Society and conductor to celebrate their 25th Anniversary together

by Daniel Hathaway

Jacobs-FrankOn Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 pm in the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall, Frank Jacobs will conduct the Masterworks Chorale of the Summit Choral Society in Johannes Brahms’s German Requiem. The performance marks twenty-five years to the day since the chorus sang that work on its first concert.

“It seems like yesterday. Twenty-five years ago, we were just an upstart organization with no money,” Jacobs recalled in a telephone conversation. “We did the concert at Cuyahoga Falls High School in English with Brahms’s original accompaniment of two pianos — we threw in harp and timpani for extra color. Now, 25 years later on the same date, we’re doing it with full orchestra and in the way that it needs to be heard, in German. The music itself is so moving and powerful. It’s a universal statement of what we all face in this human condition — death.” [Read More...]

CMA’s Transformer Station concerts begin with Vietnamese zither virtuoso

by Mike Telin

VOIn his introduction to Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ’s January of 2014 tiny desk concert, NPR music producer, Tom Huizenga wrote: “Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ is a veteran when it comes to taking risks, and it pays off in her compelling music.

“As a young girl in Vietnam, she knew she wanted to be a traditional musician, even though it was a world dominated by men. It was risky, then, when she pestered a master teacher for three years to give her lessons. He finally gave in, taking her on as an apprentice.”

On Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 pm in the Transformer Station, The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Performing Arts Series will present the masterful player of the 16-string “dan Tranh”—a zither with moveable bridges — and the pitch-bending monochord, dan Bau. [Read More...]

The Musical Theater Project to present “Mary Martin: America’s Sweetheart” at CIM (October 26)

by Carlyn Kessler

Mary-Martin-South-PacificOn Sunday, October 26, The Musical Theater Project will present its dynamic new production, Mary Martin: America’s Sweetheart, in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music, in cooperation with CIM. Hosted by Bill Rudman under the musical direction of Nancy Maier, two identical programs at 2:00 and 7:00 pm will feature Ursula Cataan and Sandra Simon, each performing as Mary Martin during different stages of her career. (Note: the 2 pm performance is already sold out.) [Read More...]

CityMusic Cleveland to open season with Avner Dorman’s Saxophone Concerto

by Mike Telin

DORMAN-Avner2“The saxophone is a very versatile instrument. It’s powerful, it’s expressive, and very close to the human voice. Still, it’s not an instrument we’re used to hearing in concert halls,” composer and CityMusic artistic director Avner Dorman said during a telephone conversation. On Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 in Lakewood Congregational Church, Dorman will conduct the Cleveland premiere of his Saxophone Concerto featuring Timothy McAllister as soloist. The concert, the first of five performances in different venues around Cleveland through October 19, will also include works by Mozart, Haydn and Dvořák. See our Concert Listings page for times and locations. [Read More...]

Cleveland Chamber Music Society: a conversation with Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet

by Mike Telin

Belcea-Quartet“We’ve played several times on the series and we’re very happy to be back,” Belcea Quartet violist Krzysztof Chorzelski said during a telephone conversation from London, the quartet’s home base. “We love playing in Cleveland and we have very nice memories. The audience is always very special.” On Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 in Plymouth Church The Cleveland Chamber Music Society will present the Belcea Quartet in a concert featuring works by Mozart, Berg and Brahms. [Read More...]