Chamberfest Cleveland Plays Second Weekend of Classic & Contemporary Music

Yevgeniy Sharlat

Thu 6/23-Sun 6/26

Chamberfest Cleveland is back for its 10th season, and as in previous years, it’s presenting various combinations of musicians and different sizes of ensembles playing music at venues around town, some conventional (lots of events at the Cleveland Institute of Music), some not, over three weekends.

“For our 10th season,” they say, “we celebrate the X factor, the unnamable, that certain je ne sais quoi that touches our souls and connects us as human beings.” And luckily this year again, they can touch more people live and in person.

The schedule includes ticketed concerts on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and “encore” concerts on Sundays that are free and open to the public (reservations required).

The second weekend kicks off with “Luminescence,” at the Cleveland Institute of Music on Thursday June 23 @ 7:30pm. It features three pieces they describe as “illuminated by a cathartic, deeply personal intensity”: George Walker’s Music for Three; Alfred  Schnittke’s Piano Quintet and Mozart’s Divertimento, K. 563. There’s a pre-concert talk by Dr. Owen Cantor at 6:30.

On Friday June 24 at 7:30, the music shifts to Disciples Church in Cleveland Heights of “Color X Expanse,” with music by Walker, Fritz Kreisler, Zoltan Kodaly and Gabriel Faure. And there’s a post-concert social with the artists, sponsored by mitchell’s Ice cream

On Saturday June 24 @ 7:30, they’ll be back at CIM for “Timeless Explorations,” featuring a new work called “Dumka-10” by Texas-based contemporary composer Yevgeniy Sharlat, who will also give the pre-concert talk at 6:30pm. The program will also feature Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 2 and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet, Op. 10. Among the nine musicians performing are Chamberfest’s three directors: retired Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinetist Franklin Cohen, his daughter Diana Cohen, concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic, and her husband, pianist Roman Rabinovich.

Finally, the weekend concludes with Encore #2,” taking place in the Grove, an open-air amphitheater in Mayfield Village with ten musicians reprising some of the weekend’s “greatest hits.”

For more information and tickets to all events, go to Chamberfest Cleveland.


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