Arts Calendar

If your organization is planning an event you would like us to consider adding to the WCLV Arts Calendar, submit detailed information to John Simna via email.

Akron Art Museum

At the Akron Art Museum illustrations of the South African studio Good Hope are on display in the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery, and Rory and Dedee O’Neil Lobby through May, 2023.  The artists explore the flora, fauna and folklore of their hometown.

Akron Symphony Orchestra

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will continue the new season with a concert on Saturday evening, October 15th, which will include Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony as well as music of Benjamin Britten and Stella Sung, with animations by Amber Kempthorn.   And note that the Classics Series concerts have a new starting time this season: 7:30 pm.

Apollo's Fire

THe new season for Apollo's Fire opens with four performances of The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610  October 8th, 9th, 14th and 15th, in locations including Shaker Heights, Akron and Bay Village.   

Arts Renaissance Tremont

On Sunday evening, October 30th,the Arts Renaissance Tremont concert series presents The Magic of Mendelssohn, featuring the Amici and Cavani String Quartets for string octets of Felix Mendelssohn and Dmitri Shostakovich.  

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory

The Baldwin Wallace Faculty Spotlight Chamber Series will feature the Elysian Trio - Julian Ross, violin; Khari Joyner, cello; and Robert Mayerovitch, piano in concert on Saturday evening, October 22nd, in Gamble Auditorium in the Kulas Musical Arts Building.  The concert will also be available as a live stream.  

Baldwin Wallace Dance

Baldwin Wallace Dance will perform Dread Fascination, in which scary stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft and more are re-imagined using movement and text.  Performances are Thursday through Sunday, October 27th through 30th

Baldwin Wallace Jazz

Dr. Gabriel Piqué directs the BW student jazz ensemble on Wednesday evening, October 26th in Gamble Auditorium of the Kulas Musical Arts Building in a concert that is also available as a live stream.

Baldwin Wallace Theater and Dance

Baldwin Wallace Theater will perform Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67 Wednesday through Sunday, October 5th through  9th

BlueWater Chamber Orchestra

BlueWater Chamber Orchestra and Cleveland Chamber Choir join forces in a collaborative concert called Heaven and Earth.  ​The concert will feature Beethoven’s Mass in C and American composer Gwyneth Walker’s The Golden Harp, featuring WCLV's John Mills as narrator. The concert will take place on Saturday evening, October 8th at the Church of the Covenant. 

ChamberFest Cleveland

ChamberFest Cleveland will present a special program called Echoes from the Valley - Global Folk Songs in a Chamber Setting.  Composer Dave Morgan has crafted arrangements of international folk songs to feature soprano Amanda Powell, clarinetist Franklin Cohen and pianist Peter Takacs.  They'll also perform music of Schubert, Schumann and Ravel on the program, which takes place on Friday evening, November 4th at the Cultural Arts Center at Disciples Church in Cleveland Heights. 216-471-8887

Church of the Covenant

At the Church of the Covenant in University Circle, there are two series of drive-in carillon concerts, performed on the McGaffin Carillon  on Fridays at lunchtime, 12:15, and on Sunday afternoons at 4:00. 

CityMusic Cleveland

CityMusic Cleveland's Orchestra series begins with a program called Batonless Beethoven, with Tess Lark as soloist in Romances for violin and orchestra by Beethoven and Dvorak, along with Beethoven's First Symphony and Starburst by  Jessie Montgomery.  There'll be four performances October 27th through 30th atTemple Tifereth-Israel, St. Noel Church, the Shrine of St. Stanislaus and Lakewood Congregational Church

Clague Playhouse

Clague Playhouse will open its 95th season with the musical suspense thriller Flames by Stephen Dolginoff. The play runs September 16th through October 9th. It includes adult language and situations. 440-331-0403  

Cleveland Ballet

Cleveland Ballet, Resident Company at Playhouse Square, will begin its new season with two performances of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 21st and 22nd.  Performances will take place in the Connor Palace Theater. 216-320-9000 ext 107

Cleveland Chamber Choir

Cleveland Chamber Choir and BlueWater Chamber Orchestra join forces in a collaborative concert called Heaven and Earth.  ​The concert will feature Beethoven’s Mass in C and American composer Gwyneth Walker’s The Golden Harp, featuring WCLV's John Mills as narrator. The concert will take place on Saturday eveningOctober 8th at the Church of the Covenant. 

Cleveland Cinematheque

In September and October Cleveland Cinemateque will feature 17 different programs in its Premiere Showcase series, 16 classic films in the Second Look series, and nine classic films that were once considered among the ten best films made, but not ranked in the last Sight and Sound Magazine poll in 2012 - it's a new series called Going South:  A Festival of Demoted Screen Masterpices.  Films are shown in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of the Cleveland Institute of Art.  And remember as well the films streaming on the Cinemateque's Virtual Cinema series.

Cleveland Composers Guild

This season, the Cleveland Composers Guild is Celebrating the Year of the Voice.  All concerts will  be vocal, with the first one being art song, the second vocal chamber music, the third choral, and the fourth opera scenes. The first concert is an Art Song Mini-Festival, with sopranos taking cetner stage in music by area composers including Sebastian Birch, Jennifer Conner, Adam Roberts, Matthew Saunders and many others.  The concert will take place on Sunday afternoon, October 16th at Spahr Center at First Baptist Church on Fairmount Boulevard in Shaker Heights. 

Cleveland Museum of Art

At the Clveland Museum of Art,  you can view  Impressionsim to Modernism:  The Keithley Collection.   There are paintings by George Braque, Henri Matissi, Andrew Wyeth and Pablo Picasso, watercolors by John Marin, a pastel by Eugène Boudin, as well as a selection of European and American decorative arts.  The exhibition continues through January 8th, 2023.

Cleveland Orchestra

Thierry Fischer will be the first guest conductor of the season for the Cleveland Orchestra in concerts on Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th.  Leila Josefowicz will be the soloist in Stravinsky's Violin Concerto.  The program will also include Notations by Pierre Boulez and the Organ Symphony of Camille Saint-Saens.  October 13th through 16th, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, will lead the Orchestra in a program that will include Lamentation on the Disaster of War by Kamir Al-Zand, Bloch's Schelomo with Principal Cellist Mark Kosower as soloist, and Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

Cleveland Phlharmonic

The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra will open its 85th season with a pair of concerts on Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th.  The Saturday evening concert will take place at Westlake Performing Arts Center, while the Sunday afternoon program is at Cleveland State University's Waetjen Audotorium.  Music to be performed will include the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and the Fourth Symphony by Brahms.  Sooists will be William Barbini, violin, and Keniko Okumura, viola.

Cleveland Playhouse

The new season of performances by the Cleveland Playhouse opens Saturday, September 17th, with the music-filled comedy American Mariachi, playing in the Allen Theater through Octgober 9th.  241-6000

Cleveland Public Theater

Cleveland Public Theatre presents Candlelight Hypothesis, created and directed by Raymond Bobgan October 13th through 31st at the Gordon Square Theater. Previews are October 6th and 7th, and opening night is October 8th.  It's an immersive performance in which guests curate their own experience. in what has been described as a theatrical museum or an artistic haunted house, a mythical world where origami comes to life.

Clevland Repertory Orchestra

Matthew Salvaggio conducts the Cleveland Repertory Orchestra in a program for the Lukas Foss Centenary, including Foss's First Symphony.  J. c. Sherman will be the soloist in the Concertino for Trombone by Otto Fleischmann, and the concert will begin with Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture.  The concert takes place Sunday afternoon, November 13th at First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights.  The concert is free, but tickets are required in advance. 

Divinity Lutheran Church

Divinity Lutheran Church of Parma Heights will present its first Arts and Action Concert of the season.  Cleveland Orchestra members Emma Shook, Elayna Duitman, Eric Wong, and Tanya Eli will perform a program called Music of Eastern Europe, with Dvorak's American Quartet, Haydn's Joke Quartet and folk songs by Bela Bartok.  The concert takes place on Sunday afternoon, October 9th.  

Dobama Theater

Dobama Theater is staging the drama The Thin Place by Lucas Hnath, October 7th through 30th. 

Fairmount Center for the Arts

Fairmount Center for the Arts in Novelty will host eight speakers through its Pull Back the Curtain Speaker Series. Speakers from the visual arts, film, classical music, dance, poetry and culinary worlds will share their perspectives and engage in dialog with participants during these free events. The Speaker Series programs will continue on Sunday, October 9th, when Felicia Zavarella Stadelman will present Through the Eyes of the Artist: Henri Matisse.  In November, John Ewing, Director of the Cinemateque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, will be featured on the 13th, and in December, it's Chef Douglas Katz, owner opf Zhug, Amba and Chaimi. 440-338-3171.

Great Lakes Theater

Great Lakes Theater will open its season with the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors at the Hanna Theater in Playhouse Square September 16th through October 9th.  

Groundworks Dance Theater

The Fall season of Groundworks Dance Theater will take place over two weekends.  On Friday and Saturday evenings, September 30th and October 1st, the group will perform at Playhouse Square’s Outcalt Theatre.  And on the following Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, October 7th and 8th, they'll be at the Knight Stage at Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron.

Heights Chamber Orchestra

Guest conductor Carl Topilow will lead the Heights Chamber Orchestra in the ensemble's opening concert on Sunday afternoon, October 9th, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  The program includes Dudley Buck’s Festival Overture on ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring Concertmaster Emily Cornelius,  Mendelssohn's Kinderstücke,  Op. 72 arranged by Carl Topilow, music of Rossini as orchestrated by Respighi for the ballet The Fantastic Toyshop  and the finale from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2.

Les Delices Live Concerts

Les Delices will present three performances of Winds of Change on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 21st, 22nd and 23rd, at Akron Public Library, Church of the Covenant in Cleveland  and West Shore Unitarian Church in Rocky River.  

Maelstrom Collaborative Arts

Maelstrom Collaborative Arts will present a showcase of original work by its reinvented team of creative producers, The Cadre. Local interdisciplinary artists Naomi Columna, Nate Puppets, and Silk Allen will be combining music, fashion, dance, and puppets to tell unique stories that range from the bizarre to the sublime. The Cadre Showcase will run Thursdays through Mondays from October 27th to November 12th. Maelstrom Collaborative Arts  is at 5403 Detroit Avenue.  Tickets will go on sale October 1st.

Magical Theater Company

In Barberton, Magical Theatre Company, Northeast Ohio’s original professional resident and touring theatre for young audiences and families, opens the season with the Ohio premiere of The Amazing Lemonade Girl.  The Amazing Lemonade Girl runs October 14th through 23rd, and is intended for families  with children ages 8 and up. The theater is on West Tuscarawas in Barberton.  330-848-3708.

Music from the Western Reserve

Pianist Peter Takacs will perform an all-Beethoven program to open the 40th season of Music From the Western Reserve on Sunday evening, October 2nd at 5:00 at Christ Church Episcopal, in downtown Hudson.  The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will perform on Sunday, October 23rd, followed by a special 40th anniversary concert with pianist Zsolt Bognar on November 10.

No Exit

No Exit will begin its Season 14 online on Friday evening, October 14th, with a concert production featuring three very special guests. Shuai Wang will perform Stephen Dembski’s solo piano work Alta. Zeitgeist will present the world premiere of Primary Call, a new piece by Nasim Khorassani. To complete the concert evening, No Exit ensemble will perform Per Norgaard’s Night Descending, written for string quartet and featuring guest violinist Mari Sato.

Olde Towne Hall Theater

Olde Towne Hall Theater on Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville will stage Moving Day, a new farce written by Avon Lake's Breianne Knight.  Perforomances run from September 30th through October 15th.

Players Guild Theater

The Players Guild Theater is now the Resident Theater Company at Kent State University's Stark Campus.  They'll feature the jukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet, with music of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash October 14th through 30th.

Playhouse Square

Playhouse Square is the starting point for the national tour of Les Miserables as part of its touring Broadway Series, playing October 7th through 30th.

Playhouse Square Broadway Series

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, Cats will come to Playhouse Square from November 1-20 as part of a multi-season North American tour. Tickets are available now.  216-241-6000 

Singers' Club

The Singers' Club of Cleveland wil present a special concert honoring the lives lost to the COVID pandemic.  The program will include David Briggs' Requiem, commissioned by the Singers' Club.  The concert takes place Friday evening, October 14th at  First Baptist Church.

Snowbelt Symphony

The Snowbelt Symphony Orchestra will present Postcards from Paris on Saturday evening, October 29th at New Promise Church in Kirtland. The concert will feature Mozart’s Paris Symphony, No. 31, as well as three works by French composers - Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, selections from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1735 opera-ballet Les Indes galantes, and Darius Milhaud’s ballet Le Boeuf sur le toit . The concert will be conducted by Snowbelt Musical Arts Association founder Greg Hillis.

The Bop Stop

At the Bop Stop, veteran New York vocalist Molly McFadden will perform The Lights Have Not Gone Out: A Cabaret about Artistic Passion in Late Life.  She'll sing  jazz standards and share reflections on the artist’s journey into late life on Sunday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bop Stop.  216-771-6551

The Music Settlement

At the Music Settlement in University Circle, the Signature Series returns on Wednesday evening, October 19th.  The Music Settlement will present a program titled Debussy and Čiurlionis: Resounding Sea of Colour, performed by Duo Zubovas, husband and wife piano duo, They'll play two symphonic compositions from the early twentieth century adapted for one piano four hands, pieces by the Lithuanian composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis and Claude Debussy.

Tri-C Classical Piano Series

Pianist Alexandre Dossin will explore six decades of the music of George Walker in a recital at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The performance is part of the Tri-C Classical Piano Series.  The free concert takes place on Sunday afternoon, October 9th at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium.  

Tri-C Performing Arts

Tri-C Performing Arts will present Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Saturday evening,  October 8th, at the Tri-C Metro Campus Auditorium.  And on October 15th, the series will continue with trumpeter Terence Blanchard with his E-Collective and the Turtle Island String Quartet.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at West 30th and Lorain hosts noontime organ recitals every Wednesday at 12:15.   On October 5th and 12, Florence Muistric plays A Handful of Bach Fugues.  And later in October, on the 19th and the 26th, Robert Myers ventures Into the Baroque,, with music at the start of that era.

Tuesday Musical Season

TIckets are now available for Akron's Tuesday Musical Concert Series.  Because of travel problems, the concert by the Soweto Gospel Choir, originally set for October 2nd, has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 27th.  Before that, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti performing Mendelssohn and Bruch on October 20th.  The season will include an evening with violinist Itzhak Perlman April 27th.


Verb, Ohio Contemporary Ballet, returns to the Breen Center for the Performing Arts at St. Ignatius High School to perform a ballet program with the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra on Saturday evening, October 15th. The company will present Schubert Melodies, an evening of dance celebrating Franz Schubert.

Weathervane Playhouse

At Weathervane Playhouse, it's Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd...The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, on stage through October 16th. 

Youngstown State University

At Youngstown State University, the work of five diverse artists will open the fall exhibition schedule at the McDonough Museum of Art from  September 6th through October 29th. An opening reception will take place on Friday evening, September 9th.  The artists represented include Alisa Henriquez, Gavin Benjamin, Eva Kwong, Scott Goss and the late Kirk Mangus.   The McDonough Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday.

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