Six classical concerts scheduled for fall


CLASSICAL CLEVELAND launches its fall season with a program of six concerts bringing together internationally renowned musicians and a selection of rising stars from the world of classical music.

Pianist Viv McLean opens the season on September 22 at Stokesley Methodist Church with a lunchtime recital of works by Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin. Viv McLean is heard regularly on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

Award-winning pianist Giulia Contaldo from Naples is the first of the rising stars and features a program by Debussy, Ravel, Albeniz and Chopin on October 7.

Guisborough-born soprano Sarah Sweeting returns to the UK after a much-loved season singing Wagner in Melbourne Australia and presents a semi-autobiographical music program ranging from Gilbert & Sullivan and Lloyd Webber to Puccini and Wagner in performances in Stokesley and Saltburn in late October.

The lunchtime recital at Stokesley Methodist Church on November 4 features violinist Dylan Edge and pianist Zany Denyer playing music by Franck, Korngold and Ponce.

Giulio Tampalini has huge success across the Northeast. The Italian guitar maestro performs music from Albéniz, Tarrega and Piazzolla in an evening recital on November 23. The season ends on December 2, Zany Denyer returns as a soloist with a lunchtime concert by Brahms, Beethoven and Prokofiev on December 2.

Lunch concerts at Stokesley Methodist Church all start at 1:30 p.m. and light lunches are served, to benefit church funds, starting at noon.

“We are aware that a lot of people are still worried about the risks of Covid-19,” said concert organizer Peter Sotheran. “We have increased the spacing between the seats and we believe that while masks are not a legal requirement, they are preferable for the safety and peace of mind of the public, musicians and staff.”

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