The Almeda Trio will perform inside the Shafran Planetarium at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 4 p.m.

A brief talk by Jason Davis, the Museum's astronomy manager, focusing on the science of the solstice will precede the concert, which will take place under the stars and imagery of the Shafran Planetarium's Leonard Krieger Visual Effects System.

Offering a broad range of styles, the program will include classical (Vivaldi, Bach and Debussy), jazz (Dave Brubeck and Claude Bolling), and contemporary new works by Alan Jay Kernis and Cleveland composer W.F. Rayer. The eclectic musical mix will be performed by the Almeda Trio, ensemble-in-residence at The Music Settlement, along with guest artists Nick Diodore (cello) and Bill Ransom (percussion). The trio musicians are Cara Tweed, violin; Ida Mercer, cello; and Robert Cassidy, piano.

Tickets are $20 for Museum members and $25 for nonmembers. Seating is limited. To reserve tickets, call 216-231-1177 or visit

More information about the Almeda Trio is available at

The museum is at 1 Wade Oval Drive in University Circle, 15 minutes east of downtown Cleveland. For details, visit