Since I'm a transplant to the greater Cleveland area, I've always been eager to seek out the best sights and experiences the area has to offer, from parks to art museums, from restaurants to music. It never ceases to amaze me when I stumble across a gem that long-time residents have overlooked, taken for granted, or simply been too busy to explore. We sometimes forget the amazing things in our own backyard or put them off for "another day." Next week will perhaps give you the chance to rectify that by attending either of two upcoming organ recitals on Trinity Lutheran's famous Beckerath organ at West 30th.
The first recital will be July 6th at 4:00 p.m. That concert is one of the free events sponsored by the National Organ Historical Society, and it will feature the renowned organist Joan Lippincott. The church will likely be packed, so arrive early or be willing to stand.
If you'd prefer a smaller crowd, you can go to a much more informal program on the afternoon of July 11th at 1:00 p.m. The church is describing the event as a musical open house, with a range of performers from professionals to students. Refreshments will be for sale, and people are free to come and go for as much music as they'd like. This event would be a perfect break from shopping at the West Side Market on a Saturday afternoon. That sounds like a near perfect way to spend the day in Cleveland, if you ask this newcomer!