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Events for Friday, December 8, 2023

CityMusic Cleveland Presents "Christmas, Beethoven, & Mambo"
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra will finish 2023 off with a festive bang with their Christmas, Beethoven, & Mambo concert series, featuring renowned conductor Stefan Willich, and The Cleveland Orchestra’s own Hans Clebsch on the French horn.

The program begins with a sweeping performance of Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G Minor, aptly known as the Christmas Concerto. This concerto has been a staple of the season since its inception in the early 18th century. Corelli opposes a small group of soloists (violins, cello, and harpsichord) in lively counterpoint with the rest of the orchestra. After several contrasting movements, the last movement, Pastorale, depicts the scene of the Nativity.

For these concerts, CityMusic musicians and conductor Stefan Willich have a little something up their sleeves to bring a bit of heat to Cleveland this winter. Imagine if Mozart was born in Cuba— that’s the inspiration for Rondo alla Mambo and the lively title of this orchestra series! Sarah Willis created the Mozart y Mambo project which focuses on combining much-loved solo pieces for French horn by Mozart with traditional Cuban music. Described as a “Cuban interpretation of one of Mozart’s most famous melodies,” Rondo alla Mambo arranged by Joshua Davis & Yuniet Lombida and Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat major will highlight soloist Hans Clebsch.

The jubilant concert ends with a sunny and cheerful performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major.
Lakewood Congregational Church
1375 West Clifton Boulevard
Lakewood, OH, 44107
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