Renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Akron and the rest of the classical music to discover this week | Art Stories and Interviews | Cleveland

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Here are our highlights of this week’s classical music event schedule in northeast Ohio.

It kicks off with two orchestral concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20.

– In Akron, Tuesday Musical launches its season at the EJ Thomas Hall with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maxim Emelyanychev. The program includes Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”) and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Nicola Benedetti as soloist, and Stride by Anna Clyne. The show is part of the SCO’s US tour. Read a preview article here. Tickets available on line. Check Benedetti’s profile by The Guardian here.

– At the Severance Music Center, guest conductor Daniel Harding conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in Jorg Widmann’s Viola Concerto — Antoine Tamestit is the soloist — and Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony. The program will be repeated on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online.

– On Fridays at 7:30 p.m., imaginative period ensemble Les Délices unveils its new program, Winds of Change, at the Akron Public Library (Downtown). The all-instrumental concert features chamber works from the eve of the French and Haitian revolutions, inspired by philosophical ideals of freedom and equality and early abolitionist writings. Classical works by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de St. Georges and Luigi Boccherini will be paired with Haitian composer Sydney Guillaume’s commission A Journey to Freedom. The program will be repeated Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Alliance Church and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. Click here for ticket information.

– On Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 p.m., Arts at Holy Trinity in Akron will feature Hungarian-born organist Balint Karosi in the music of Charles Marie Widor, JS Bach, William Bolcom and Max Reger. The playlist also includes Karosi’s Kodály Triptych as well as an improvisation on a submitted theme. The event is free.

– And at 7:00 p.m. at the Gartner Auditorium of the Cleveland Museum of Art, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis presents “FIVE MINUTES for Earth”, with 17 world premieres of works by Jocelyn C. Chambers, Chen Yi, Michael Daugherty, Daniel Dorff, Reena Esmail, Keith Fitch, Patrick Harlin, Stephen Hartke, Nathaniel Heyder, Takuma Itoh, Aaron Jay Kernis, Steven Mark Kohn, Philip Maneval, Máximo Diego Pujol, Arturo Sandoval, Gary Schocker and Zhou Long. Tickets available here.

Even more events can be found on the concert page.

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