CityMusic Cleveland Plays Concerts Devoted to “Fire and Ice”

Thu 12/12 @ 7:30PM

Fri 12/13 @ 7:30PM

Sat 12/14 @ 8PM

Sun 12/15 @ 5PM

CityMusic Chamber Orchestra continues its season with a program called “Fire and Ice,” comprising music by eight composers from all over Europe: Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russia and what’s now the Czech Republic. They mix wintry pieces with those devoted to fire.

The diverse roster of short pieces includes Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to Cinderella, Joseph Suk’s Meditation on the old Czech chorale “St. Wenceslas,” Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 59 (“Fire”), Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto No. 8, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s German Dances (“Sleigh Ride”), Engelbert Humperdinck’s Knusperwaltzer (Gingerbread Waltz), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Prayer from Suite No. 4(“Mozartiana”), and Manuel de Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance” from El Amor Brujo. If one thing isn’t to your taste, just be patient — something else is coming right up.

The orchestra will be led by CityMusic Cleveland’s principal guest conductor Stefan Willich, a doctor/musician who, in 2008, founded the nonprofit World Doctors Orchestra. It engages other doctor/musicians from around the world to perform concerts several times a year where the proceeds go to fight disease and promote health globally.

They’re performing at The Temple-Tifereth Israel Thu 12/12; at Lakewood Congregational Church @ Fri 12/13; at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus on Sat 12/14; and St. Noel Church in Willoughby Hills on Sun 12/15.

All CityMusic performances are free; no ticket or reservation is required.

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