Classical Music Itinerary

February 12, 2015
Classical Music Itinerary

The Classical Music Aficionado’s CLE Itinerary

By Lexi Hotchkiss

DAY 1

6pm: Start your trip with an elegant pre-show dinner at Chef Jonathon Sawyer's Restaurant Trentina. The menu showcases a myriad of eclectic cultural influences that define the food from the Trentino region of Italy. 1903 Ford Drive, University Circle, 44106, 216.421.2900, www.restauranttrentina.com

8pm: The internationally acclaimed Cleveland Orchestra creates divine music for the ears performed in a feast-for-the-eyes venue. 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44106, 216.231.7300, www.clevelandorchestra.com

DAY 2

9am: Chef Courtney Bonning; winner of Food Network's  "Cupcake Wars" and creator of artistically prepared bakery and innovate café fare, offers a playful breakfast menu at Bon Bon Cafe. 2549 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 44113, 216.458.9225, www.bonboncleveland.com

10am: Enter the West Side Market, a food lover's paradise, with its maze of vendors and family-owned stalls selling everything from fresh meat and vegetables to baked goods and fresh flowers. 1979 West 25th Street, Ohio City, 44113, 216.664.3387, www.westsidemarket.org

12pm: Modern art does not stay the same for long, which is why the exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland are always changing, giving you a new experience with each visit. 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44106, 216.421.8671, www.mocacleveland.org

1:30pm: Make it a quaint afternoon soiree at Chef Zack Bruell's brasserie L'Albatros where the French cuisine adds a certain sophistication to your time in University Circle. 11401 Bellflower Road, University Circle, 44106, 216.791.7880, albatrosbrasserie.com

3pm: The internationally recognized Cleveland Museum of Art always offers free admission to its permanent collection, which includes masterpieces by Picasso, Dali, Monet and more. 11150 East Blvd., University Circle, 44106, 216.421.7340, www.clevelandart.org

6pm: Cleveland's culinary scene is on fire and celeb chef Michael Symon has a lot to do with that. Enjoy Symon's twists on Cleveland classics (don't miss the beef-cheek pierogi) at Lola Bistro on East Fourth Street. 2058 East 4th Street, Cleveland, 44114, 216.621.5652, lolabistro.com

8pm: Experience the glitz and glamour of the largest performing arts center outside of NYC. PlayhouseSquare plays host to hundreds of concerts, Broadway blockbusters, theatrical plays, comedy shows and more. 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44115, www.playhousesquare.com

DAY 3

1pm: Make Sunday brunch one for the books aboard the Nautica Queen cruise ship. While on your afternoon brunch cruise, you'll get the unique opportunity to view Cleveland from Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River - all while enjoying some cut-a-rug-worthy music. 1153 Main Avenue, Cleveland, 44113, 216.696.8888, www.nauticaqueen.com

3:30pm: At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, journey through the storied history of this turbulent music that forever changed the face of music and the world. 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, 44114, 216.781.7625, www.rockhall.org

6pm:  Hearty noshing and live jazz music in an intimate music setting, make Nighttown an unparalleled evening hotspot. 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 44106, 216.795.0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com

8pm: Complete your classical music extravaganza with an evening performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music where students and faculty - many of whom are renowned musicians from all over the world - perform free of charge (or nearly free of charge). 11021 East Blvd, University Circle, 44106, 216.791.5000, www.cim.edu

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