Burning River Baroque Explores Relationships in Three Concerts

Fri 5/18 @ 7:30PM

Sat 5/19 @ 7PM

Sun 5/20 @ 4PM

A relatively new entry in among Cleveland’s small classical music groups (formed about five years ago), early music ensemble Burning River Baroque have quickly made a mark with its creative programs grouped around emotional themes.

To conclude 2017-2018, it’s bring back its “At a Crossroad: Will You Live, Love, or Die?” program, which explores the trajectory of relationships through French cantatas and harpsichord solos with pieces by Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Julie Pinel, and Nicolas Racot de Grandval.

It addresses questions such as “Will Sémele live to see her lover appear as a God? What does this myth, and our personal reactions to it, suggest about how cultures view trust, honesty, and infidelity in men and women?”

Co-directors of BRB — soprano Malina Rauschenfels and harpsichordist Paula Maust perform at the Institute at St John’s Ohio City on Friday, at Heights Arts gallery on Saturday and at Mary Queen of Peace in Parma on Sunday. The Parma and Heights Arts shows are free; the St. John’s show is a suggested donation of $10-$20.

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