Burning River Baroque performs in Cleveland Heights Aug. 9 and 11

Malina Rauschenfels and Paula Maust performing at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland. [photo by Alex Belisle]

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, and Friday, Aug. 11, Burning River Baroque will present a new program in two Cleveland Heights venues, The Stone Oven and St. Alban Episcopal Church.

“At a Crossroad: Will You Live, Love, or Die?” features soprano and violinst Malina Rauschenfels and harpsichordist Paula Maust. The duo will present a program of French cantatas and harpsichord solo, with works by Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Julie Pinel, and Nicolas Racot de Grandval.

The Aug. 9 concert will take place at The Stone Oven, 2267 Lee Road, at 6:30 p.m. (donations are welcome).

St. Alban Episcopal Church, 2555 Euclid Heights Blvd., will be the venue for the Aug. 11 concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. (suggested donation is $10–15).

The concert will be full of epic plot twists and ask compelling questions about how we engage with one another in relationships.

Will Sémele live to see her lover appear as a God? What does this myth, and our personal reactions to it, say about how cultures view trust, honesty, and infidelity in men and women? In Grandval's epic parody, one soprano plays six different characters in "The Widow from Ephese." Yet on a more serious note, we witness one culture's view of widowhood and examine what we owe the deceased. Ultimately, we must each find the balance between pursuing our own happiness and pleasing others.

Audiences should expect a captivating hour of exquisite music that will raise questions, challenge beliefs, and provide a side of humor for good measure.

Burning River Baroque is a nonprofit ensemble dedicated to bringing thought-provoking and engaging programs to diverse audiences in unique venues.

For more information about these and other concerts, visit www.burning-river-baroque.org/concerts.

Paula Maust

Paula Maust is a co-director of Burning River Baroque. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in harpsichord at the Peabody Institute. She is a also a music theory, organ, and harpsichord professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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