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 join forces for octets by Shostakovich and Enescu, and premiere a new work for eight string players by Gregg Kallor. Tickets here.
Chamber music is music for friends, and Cleveland Orchestra violinist Carolyn Warner has gathered seven of her colleagues and buddies for the 16th edition of Carolyn Warner and Friends in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music on Wednesday, October 30 at 8:00 pm. Music by Milhaud, Bloch, Fauré, and Poulenc is in the works. You’ll need to reserve free seating passes here.
CIM is also the venue for Philip Glass’ and Robert Moran’s opera The Juniper Tree, based on a Halloweenish tale by the Brothers Grimm, which begins a three-performance run on Thursday, October 31 at 7:30 pm in Kulas Hall. Dean Southern directs, and Harry Davidson is in the pit with the CIM Orchestra. The second performance on Saturday, November 2 is sold out, but tickets are still available for Thursday and for Sunday, November 3 at 7:30 pm. Reserve here.
Cleveland’s French Baroque ensemble Les Délices will venture into Mozart and Beethoven in three concerts this weekend. Oboist and artistic director Debra Nagy will join Sylvia Berry, fortepiano, Wouter Verschuren, bassoon, Colin Lawson, clarinet, and Todd Williams, horn, in quintets for piano and period winds. Catch the concert at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 pm, at Lakewood Congregational Church on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm, or on Sunday, November 3 at 4:00 pm at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights (a 3:30 pm talk precedes the Sunday performance). Tickets here.
A popular monthly event at Oberlin is the Friday Midnight Organ Pump, and the Halloween edition is especially worth the trip. It starts at 11:59 pm on November 1 in Finney Chapel, where organ majors will produce scary music on the mighty Fisk organ. It’s free.
If that midnight event doesn’t fit your plans, the Cleveland Museum of Art is importing organist Pierre Queval from St. Ignace in Paris for a concert of French music by Franck, Widor, Alain, Duruflé, and Vierne in Gartner Auditorium on Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 pm. He’ll end his program in typical Gallic fashion with an improvisation. It’s free.
Pianist Mitsuko Uchida usually plays with The Cleveland Orchestra on her annual visits to town. On Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 pm, she’ll be all alone on the Severance Hall stage, for a program of Schubert’s big, late sonatas in a minor, C Major, and B-flat Major. Tickets here.
And just around the corner, the Church of the Covenant is relaunching its concert series with a recital by violinist Andrew Sords and pianist Anita Pontremoli on Sunday at 4:00 pm. They’ll play works by Elgar, Beethoven, Sibelius, Sarasate, and Franck, and an offering will be received.
For details of these and other classical concerts, see our Concert Listings page.