by Daniel Hathaway
This evening at 7, cellist Mark Kosower goes live online from Trinity Cathedral with his second concert of Bach solo suites. It’s free, but donations during the performance benefit COVID-19 musicians’ relief.
Also at 7, the second session in Round One of Piano Cleveland’s Virtu(al)oso competition features 20-minute performances by Lin Ye, Kevin Ahfat, Julian Miles Trevelyan, Francesco Granata, and Kiron Atom Tellian, pre-recorded at Steinway Galleries in the U.S., Europe, and China.
At noon, WCLV’s hour-long Lunchtime with The Cleveland Orchestra includes Smetana’s The Moldau, Johann Christian Bach’s Symphony for Double Orchestra, and Stravinsky’s Suite from Pulcinella. And at 12:15, Cleveland Opera Theater’s Domenico Boyagian hosts “Maestro’s Corner Interactive.”
The MET’s free opera stream tonight at 7:30 offers a 2017 performance of Dvořák’s Rusalka.
Check the Concert Listings for details.
CONCERT SERIES UPDATES:
Apollo’s Fire has added two more outdoor performances to its “Tuscan Sun” and “Drive-In Parking Lot” concerts in August. Details here.
Cleveland Classical Guitar Society announced this morning that its entire 2020 fall International Series will be presented online, beginning with a concert by Berta Rojas on August 15. Its annual Showcase Concert will be live-streamed from the Maltz Performing Arts Center on September 12, as will performances on October 17 and November 21. The Society’s season announcement will also be made online this Saturday at 7:30 pm in a 20-minute video, followed by a 9:00 pm EDT live stream performance by Thomas Flippin in partnership with Austin Classical Guitar. Registration for the free stream from Austin is required.
On this date in 1886, Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt died in Bayreuth, Germany at the age of 74. The 19th-century classical equivalent of a 20th-century rock star, Liszt’s solo piano performances gave rise to such pan-European fame that the poet Heinrich Heine characterized audience acclaim as “Lisztomania.” The composer ended his career as “the Abbé Liszt” after taking minor orders in the Catholic Church.
Listen to two Cleveland performances that feature his forward-looking piano music. Vladimir Horowitz played Liszt’s B-Minor Sonata at Severance Hall on October 31 of 1976, and third-place winner François Dumont programmed his tone poem, Vallée d’Obermann, for his semi-final round in the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition.