Classical Music Sampler: May 2012

Many musical organizations around New England are performing their last concerts of the season, so if there’s a group you’ve been wanting to hear, this is a good opportunity.

By Susan Miron.

This month pianist Cecile Licad performs works of Liszt and Chopin in Boston

Wednesday Concert Series. At the Church of St. John Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA, every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m, free.

May 2: Ian Pomerantz (baritone) and Juhyun Lee (piano) will present Schumann’s Dichterliebe (Opus 48).

May 9: Paul Carroll (piano) and Grace Shryock (oboe) will perform works by Goossens, Marcello, et al.

May 16: Grant Randall (trombone) and colleagues will perform works by Bertali, Bolter, Liszt, and Schutz.

May 23: Weston Wind Quintet and friends will perform works by Janacek, Poulenc, and Ravel.

May 30: Victoria Suchodolski (piano) and William Kenlon (baritone) will perform works by Debussy and Kenlon.

Orfeo and Euridice by Gluck. Presented by Boston Baroque at Jordan Hall, (NEC) Boston, MA, May 4 and 5, 8 p.m.

The Spectrum Singers performs an All Brahms program. At the First Church Congregational, Cambridge, MA, May 5, 8 p.m.

Music director John W. Erlich leads a lineup that includes 4 Songs for Women’s Chorus, Two Horns and Harp, Op. 17, Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Hungarian Dances for Piano Four-Hands, and other choral works. There will be a pre-concert lecture by Steven Ledbetter at 7 p.m.

Pianist Emanuel Ax performs works of Haydn, Beethoven, Copland, and Schumann. Presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston at Jordan Hall (NEC), Boston, MA, May 11, 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra performs Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Conducted by Bernard Haitink. Tanglewood Festival Chorus led by John Oliver. At Symphony Hall, Boston, MA, May 3 and 5, 8 p.m. and May 4, 7 p.m.

The Celebrity Series of Boston brings pianist Emanuel Ax to town this month.

King David by Honegger. Conducted by Steven Karidoyanes. Performed by Masterworks Chorale at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA, Friday, May 11, 8 p.m.

Chameleon Arts Ensemble, joined by pianist Sergey Schepkin, performs works by Schumann, Enescu, Sirota, Judith Weir, and Shostakovich. At the First Parish, 66 Marlboro, Boston, MA, May 12, 8 p.m. and at the Goethe Institute, 170 Beacon Street, Boston, MA,  May 13, 3 p.m.

Outside the Walls. Presented by Cappella Clausura. At the Parish of the Messiah, 1900 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA, May 12, 8 p.m., at the University Lutheran, 66 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA, May 19, 8 p.m., and at the First Church, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, May 20, 4 p.m.

Capella Clausura presents “an imagining of an Italian 17th century salon-like performance where the music, religious in nature, would have been sung by men and women in homes and churches, but written by nuns behind the convent walls.”

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs the music of Schumann (Piano Trio #3 and Piano Quartet in E Flat) and Rolla Duetto Concertante. At the Gardner Museum, Boston, MA, Sunday, May 13, 1:30 p.m.

Boston Chamber Music Society performs works of Schubert (“The Trout” Quintet), with guest artist bassist Edwin Barker, Arensky’s Piano Trio in D minor, and Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello.  At Sanders Theatre Cambridge, MA, May 13, 7:30 p.m.

The Bostonades perform compositions by Jean-Philippe Raneau.

Les Bostonades performs all five of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pieces de clavecin en concerts. At the First Church, 66 Marlboro St. Boston, MA, May 18, 8 p.m.

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream. Performed by Musica Sacra. At the First Church Congregational, Cambridge, MA, May 19, 8 p.m., and at the Parish Hall, Parish Church, Concord, MA, May 20, 7 p.m.

This choral program explores the realm of sleep.

Pianist Cecile Licad performs works of Liszt and Chopin. At the Gardner Museum, Boston, MA, May 20, 1:30 p.m.

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