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Apollo's Fire presents Lift Every Voice, A Celebration of Brotherhood and Sisterhood, a live outdoor concert featuring members of the Apollo's Fire - Mosaic Project. There'll be music of the 18th century French-African composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St. Georges, as well as Monteverdi's Nigra Sum and contemporary African-American composer Jonathan Woody's recent composition of the same title. There'll be three performances on Labor Day weekend, May 30th and 31st, at Laurel School's Butler Campus in Russell Township. Seating capacity is limited, and COVID protocols will be observed.
BlueWater Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Meyer will conduct a virtual concert by the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra on Thursday evening, May 27th at 7:30. Pianist Angela Cheng will be the soloist in the second movement of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Eclogue for Piano and Strings by Gerlad Finzi. The program will also include music by Arvo Paert, Ralph Vaughan Williams., George Walker, Edward Elgar, Jean Sibelius and Florence Price.
ChamberFest Cleveland has announced that there WILL be a free outdoor festival this year, taking place June 9th through 26th. More information will be coming at the beginning of May. Check the website for information.
The next concert by CItyMusic Cleveland is called Syncretism. It takes place on Sunday afternoon, April 11th at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus. The program includes Han by Jyungyoon Wie and the Clarinet Quintet of Samuel Coleridge Taylor. Other programs yet to come include a Romantic Sampler of Sweden and German on April 23rd, In Search of Peace on May 14th and 15th, and music of Schubert and Zwillich on June 4th and 5th.
Cleveland Chamber Music Society
THe Cleveland Chamber Music Society will return to live programming for the remainder of the season. On May 11th, the Junction Trio plays music by Zorn, Ives and Beethoven. The season will conclude on May 18th with violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong completing the Beethoven Sonata cycle that was begun last season. Social distancing will be observed and seating will be limited for the live performances at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Highland Heights. The concerts will also be live streamed.
Cleveland Cinemateque’s Virtual Multiplex has more than twenty films available for viewing on line, with new films being added each week. You can check out the current list at their website.
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival
THe Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival will present a series of five video concerts on the Guitars International You Tube channel beginning Friday evening, May 21st at 7:30. The first program in the series will feature Lutenist Nigel North and guitarist Robert Gruca. On May 28th, there'll be performances by Ji Yeon Kim and Daniel Lippel.
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is open for in-person visits. The Museum is currently presenting a show called Stories from Storage - items from the Museum's collection that have not generally been on public view. That show ends May 17th. Two new shows will open in May: Art of the Islamic World begins May 15th, and Medieval Treasures from Muenster Cathedral opens on May 22nd. Reservations are required.
Cleveland Musicians Union
Local Four of the Cleveland Musicians Union continues its virtual concert series with two performances each month, on the second and third Thursday evenings. Both classical and jazz performances will continue through May, In June, a new sereis will begin. It's called She Scores - devoted to music by living female composers.
The Cleveland Orchestra has added a twelfth concert to its summer series of outdoor concerts at the Blossom Music Center with a concert on July 3rd for the Fourth of July weekend and continuing through Labor Day. The concerts will be presented with limited seating both on the lawn and in the Pavillion. You can check the Orchestra's website for information about ticket availability andnecessary protocols. And remember that the Adella app continues to present recent Orchestra Severance Hall concerts. For details and streaming dates, check the Orchestra's website.
Cleveland Public Theater
Cleveland Public Theater will present An Extraordinary Love (Three Short Plays in Progress), a Zoom reading directed by Nicole Sumlin. The performances will be live on Zoom, with limited virtual seating on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May21st, 22nd and 23rd.
Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra, now in its 26th season, will be joined by mandolinist and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile for this year's Rock the Orchestra concert, an online presentation on Friday evening, May 28th. Interim Music Director Dr. Chi-Hsuan Lin worked with the students online for performances of four new pieces by Chris Thile, for full orchestra and smaller ensembles.
Great Lakes Theater
Great Lakes Theater has announced its live season, to begin in October with Shakespeare's The Tempest, to be followed by A Christmas Carol, Ain't Misbehavin' . Much Ado About Nothing and finally the Off-Broadway juke box musical The Marvelous Wonderettes.
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
At the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the special exhibition The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg opens February 24th and will continue through August 29th. There are a number of events presented in conjunction with the exhibition,, including on-line tours.
National Center for Choreography - Akron
The National Center for Choreography at the University of hosts a spring season of Dancing Conversations. On May 20th, Liz Lerman and her collaborators will discuss the domization of women and the invisibility of women as they age, and on June, 17th Akron's Dancing Lab: BLKmenMoves will be joined by Satellite Residency Artist Iquail Shaheed to discuss their experiences working as Black male-identified choreographers.
Cleveland's New Music Ensemble No Exit joins forces for the third time with the Saint Paul-based new music quartet Zeitgeist on Friday evening, May 21st for a concert of New Sound Worlds by Isang Yun, Frederic Rzewski, Harold Budd and others, as well as a multimedia work by Philip Blackburn
Ohio Light Opera
Ohio Light Opera has announced plans for a summer season in July combining outdoor live performances and live stream performances. Two shows will be featured, Trial By Jury and The Fantastics, as well as a show called The Musical Magic of OLO. Social distancing protocols will be observed. Streaming only performances will include The Daring of Diane, a one-act comic operetta from 1912, and Operetta: Rare and Well-Done. The box office opens June 1st.
Piano Cleveland will present its Listening Series: Prelude to Piano, a virtual three-part series on Wednesday evenings, May 5th, 12th and 19th. Sessions are free, but registration is required.
Rocky River Chamber Music Society
The Rocky River Chamber Music Society will end its 63rd season with a live streamed evening of chamber music for winds and piano. Pianist Christine Dahl will join Cleveland Orchestra wind players Mary Kay Fink, Frank Rosenwein, Robert Woofrey, Barrick Stees and RIchard King in Anton Reicha's Wind Quintet, Op. 88, Beethoven's Quintet for Piano and Winds, and Tzigane by Valerie Coleman. The program will be live streamed on Monday evening, May 17th at 7:30, It can be viewed at Facebook and You Tube
Verb Ballets will present its first live in-theater performance for a limited number of physically distanced seats on Saturday evening, June 26, at 7 at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts. Following the performance a virtual encore will be available. Verb’s Directors have chosen highlights from the 2020-21 season. The program features the new commission by Stephanie Martinez titled World of Another, audience favorite, Bolero, and the previously canceled company premiere of Heinz Poll’s Triptych.