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A Whole Bunch of Christmas Concerts and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week in Cleveland

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Photo by Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra Before we get into Christmas concerts, there are three attractive events to recommend that have no connection with the holidays. The Cleveland Orchestra welcomes pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and guest conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider to Severance Hall for four performances from December 5-7....
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Artist Spotlight: Frank Oriti Examines Sneaker Culture and Chats About Process

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click to enlarge Artists are constantly moving forward. The work has to evolve visually, but also so that the context becomes richer and more complex. We met up with Frank Oriti in his studio at the Screw Factory in Lakewood where we chatted about his latest series of paintings that...
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BlueWater Chamber Orchestra’s Free Tremont Concert and the Rest of the Classical Music Events You Shouldn’t Miss This Week

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click to enlarge Courtesy BlueWater Chamber Orchestra Here are ten events we recommend during the week before Thanksgiving — and slightly beyond. Apollo’s Fire switches into its folk groove with “Scarborough Fayre: Music from Merry Old England,” including English ballads like the title tune (part of a whole family of...
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Oberlin Conservatory’s TIMARA Program Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With a Party Saturday Night

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There’s going to be a party at Finney Chapel on Saturday, November 16 beginning at 7:30 pm. The grand occasion marks the fiftieth anniversary of Oberlin Conservatory’s TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts) program, the nation’s first conservatory program in electronic music. “Olly Wilson taught the first electronic music...
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Fresh Perspectives Goes Green to Start the Season and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

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click to enlarge 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...
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The Cleveland Chamber Choir Celebrates Women Composers and Poets and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

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Photo by Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra One of Shakespeare’s most amusing comedies comes to Oberlin Opera Theater this week magically transformed into a music drama by Benjamin Britten. Jonathon Field’s staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens in Hall Auditorium on Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm,...
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The CIM Orchestra Does ‘The Juniper Tree’ and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week in Cleveland

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click to enlarge Les Delices does Mozart and Beethoven, see Friday Chamber music and opera are on this week’s not-to-be-missed list, beginning with Tuesday Musical’s “October Octets” event on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm in the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall. The Dover and Escher String Quartets will...
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Tabitha Soren’s ‘Surface Tension,’ Opening Tonight at the Transformer Station, Reflects Our Own Mark Making

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click to enlarge “My favorite painting in the whole world is at the Cleveland Museum of Art, it’s a Turner and the inspiration for this,” confesses artist Tabitha Soren as she points to the photograph behind us. Over the image floats a tsunami swish of oranges and yellows that harken...
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Convergence’s ‘Homos, or Everyone In America’ Elicits Laughter and Love With Dynamic Performances

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click to enlarge Photo by Eva Nel Brettrager What do you get when you mix together Will & Grace, a heaping dose of acerbic, sex-fueled humor, a pinch of Christopher Nolan’s Memento and a dash of social commentary that— given the material and quite expressive title— can’t help but seep...
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Zohn Collective and La Coperacha Play the Cleveland Museum of Art Tonight

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click to enlarge Courtesy Cleveland Classical It is often impossible to say why a work of art captivates you to the point of becoming an obsession. Such is the case for composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Juan Rulfo’s novel Pedro Páramo. In his program notes for his scenic cantata Comala, Zohn-Muldoon...
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CityMusic Cleveland Begins its New Season, and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

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click to enlarge Courtesy CityMusic Cleveland Northeast Ohio’s two itinerant orchestras are both performing around the region beginning on Thursday this week. Apollo’s Fire is touring “Echoes of Venice,” polychoral compositions by Gabrieli and Monteverdi which raised the temperature of music in the “Most Serene Republic” around the turn of...
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Rocky River Chamber Music Society to Feature Cimbalom Player Alexander Fedoriouk Next Monday

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click to enlarge The Rocky River Chamber Music Society will explore “Chamber Music of Hungary” to begin its 61st season on Monday, October 14 at 7:30 pm at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. Four Cleveland Orchestra members — violinists Katherine Bormann and Emma Shook, violist Stanley Konopka, and cellist Martha...
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The Means Justify the Ends in Great Lakes Theater’s Production of ‘Julius Caesar’

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Photo by Roger Mastroianni Friends, Northeast Ohioans, countrymen, lend me your ears. Many avoid Shakespeare, thinking the script and language will be too complicated to follow. This is never the case with Great Lakes Theater. When Shakespeare is produced correctly, as it is in GLT’s Julius Caesar, the characters, their...
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Sphinx Virtuosi’s ‘For Justice and Peace’ Concert and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week in Cleveland

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click to enlarge Sphinx Virtuosi, Photo by Nan Melville Akron’s Tuesday Musical Association will tip a hat to local jazz and dance legends Pat Pace and Heinz Poll on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 pm in E.J. Thomas Hall. Verb Ballets and the Chamber Music Society of Ohio will perform...
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Electroacoustic Musician Sarah Davachi Makes Her Cleveland Debut at the Transformer Station This Weekend

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Courtesy Cleveland Classical While growing up in Calgary, Sarah Davachi studied the piano — until it stopped engaging her. “It didn’t feel like the instrument I wanted to use to express myself,” the electroacoustic musician said during a telephone interview. “When I got the bug to make, as opposed to...
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Immerse Your Eyes and Ears in ‘Seeing Sound’ with Matthew Gallagher at H-Space This Saturday

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click to enlarge Courtesy Matthew Gallagher Installation art is arguably the most confusing avenue for the general public to follow and yet it’s one of the most exciting mediums in the world — there’s no denying its immersive qualities. Kurt Schwitters’ famous Merzbau was a major development where the viewer...
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Wednesday Brownbag Concerts Return to Trinity Cathedral and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week in Cleveland

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click to enlarge The 42nd season of Wednesday Noon Brownbag Concerts gets underway at Trinity Cathedral on October 2 with violinist Mary Beth Ions and her colleagues in the Amethyst String Quartet. A freewill offering is requested, and you can pack a lunch. On another Wednesday Noon series across the...
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Great Lakes Theater Embraces All That Makes ‘The Music Man’ Great

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click to enlarge The Music Man is a pure celebration of music – one that is so full of heart, comedy and romance that it has continued to capture the hearts of audiences since it first premiered on Broadway in 1957. Great Lakes Theater embraces all of these wholesome qualities—including...

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