Severance Celebration Photos

Friday, May 28, 2010 · 0 comments

This year's annual Cleveland Orchestra gala, Severance Celebration, was held on Saturday, May 22. 400 supporters came to enjoy a dinner in Severance Hall and a special concert featuring Michael Sachs, Massimo La Rosa, Dominick Farinacci, and Jamey Haddad, accompanied by an ensemble of musicians from the Orchestra conducted by Richard DeRosa. Proceeds benefit the Orchestra's Community Music Initiative to provide educational opportunities for all ages in Northeast Ohio.

Wild Music, Taco Style

Monday, May 24, 2010 · 0 comments

Cleveland Orchestra violinist Isabel Trautwein founded Taco (The Awesome Children's Orchestra) in 2006 to bring kids who play classical music together with professionals, including members of The Cleveland Orchestra. On Sunday, June 6, at 4 p.m., Taco performs a concert in conjunction with the Wild Music exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The exhibition invites visitors to explore music in nature—and make their own.

The concert is free with admission to the museum, located at 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle. For tickets, call (216) 231-4600 or 800-317-9155.

Carnegie Hall - SOLD OUT

Saturday, May 22, 2010 · 1 comments

The Cleveland Orchestra's concert at Carnegie Hall tonight was at capacity. The program was: Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Berg's Lulu Suite with soprano Erin Morley, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3.

Photos: Chris Lee

Orchestra musicians coach IU student composers during reading session

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 · 1 comments

Today three students from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s composition department came to Severance Hall for a unique learning experience – to hear members of The Cleveland Orchestra read through their compositions.

An ensemble of Cleveland Orchestra musicians, led by assistant conductor Tito Muñoz, read through compositions written by the students, giving them a unique opportunity to hear their works performed by professional musicians, plus valuable feedback.

The ensemble read through Adam Haws’s piece The temple bell dies away (for piccolo, clarinet, violins, viola, cello, piano, and vibraphone), Elliott Bark’s Crossover (for two violins, viola, cello, and piano), and Jonathan Sokol’s The Golden Rose (for flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, cello, and percussion). (Mr. Sokol is a native of Cleveland and was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.)

After playing each piece, the Orchestra musicians offered feedback on the scores to the composers from a performer’s perspective, such as clarifying the use of vibrato, quarter tones, and the rhythmic notation in the score.

The students, along with IU composition professor Dr. Phuc Phan, attended The Cleveland Orchestra’s rehearsal this morning and will attend tonight’s performance conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.

The Cleveland Orchestra musicians included Chul-In Park (first violin), Kathleen Collins (second violin), Mark Jackobs (viola), Ralph Curry (cello), Marisela Sager (flute and piccolo), Daniel McKelway (clarinet), Linnea Nereim (bass clarinet), Donald Miller (percussion), and Joela Jones (piano).

The opportunity was part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s continuing partnership with Indiana University. The Cleveland Orchestra will perform at the Indiana University Auditorium during its residency there in January 2011.

Orchestra to shine spotlight on 21st century composers in “Composers Connect” concert June 5

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 · 0 comments

The Cleveland Orchestra is concluding its 2009-10 Severance Hall season with an entirely new kind of concert, an evening of free performances celebrating works commissioned for the Orchestra in the past decade by four of the Orchestra’s Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellows on Saturday, June 5.

Two free, one-hour Cleveland Orchestra concerts will take place at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. During the interlude, there will be a party in the Grand Foyer and outside on the Terrace (weather permitting). Food and drinks will be available for purchase as the audience moves from the hall out through the Grand Foyer onto the terrace to hear an amplified performance of Andriessen’s Workers Union, a unique piece written in 1975 for “any loud-sounding group of instruments,” that has been recorded around the world, notable by the Bang on a Can All-Stars in 2001.

Composer Matthias Pintscher leads both concerts, beginning with a program of Susan Botti’s Translucence and Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology. A second concert will conclude the festivities with Marc-André Dalbavie’s Concertate il suono and Mr. Pintscher’s piece with lilies white. Mr. Pintscher will introduce the pieces from the stage and give the audience context for what they will be hearing.

The evening will begin with a dialogue at 6:00 p.m. on stage at Severance Hall with composers Susan Botti, a native of Cleveland who now teaches and composes in New York City, and Marc-André Dalbavie, who lives in the French Mediterranean town of St. Cyprien and works in Paris. Host Keith Fitch, the head of the composition department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will invite the audience to participate in a conversation about creation, performance, and the role of new music for orchestras.

The concerts and interlude party are free, but tickets are required and are available from or the Severance Hall Ticket Office.

Read an article from the Orchestra's program book about the Lewis Young Composer Fellow program.

Read The Plain Dealer's preview article about the evening.

Here’s how the evening will go:

Composers Connect – a free Cleveland Orchestra celebration of contemporary music
Saturday, June 5, at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Asher Wulfman, boy soprano
Sarah Davis, soprano
Kathryn Brown, soprano
Susan Botti, soprano

6:00 p.m. - Dialogue: Creation, performance, and the role of new music for orchestras with Keith Fitch, Susan Botti, Marc-André Dalbavie

7:00 p.m. - Concert
BOTTI - Translucence
STAUD - On Comparative Meteorology

One-hour interlude including a performance of Andriessen's Workers Union on the terrace

9:00 p.m. - Concert
DALBAVIE - Concertate il suono
PINTSCHER - with lilies white

For more information, or to request tickets, visit or call the ticket office at 216-231-1111.

Carnegie Hall

Thursday, May 13, 2010 · 1 comments

The Cleveland Orchestra goes on the road next week to Carnegie Hall for a concert on Friday, May 21. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will conduct Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Berg's Lulu Suite, with soprano Erin Morley, and Beethoven's Third Symphony.

New Yorkers, please join us for the concert and for a coffee Saturday morning, where you can win a Cleveland cultural care pack full of goodies from your favorite Cleveland cultural organizations - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Play House, and Playhouse Square. Details on the Cleveland Orchestra Facebook page.

Photo: Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2006 (Pete Checchia, photographer)

Cleveland string students get a boost from Cleveland Orchestra musicians


This week, Cleveland Orchestra violinists Jeanne Preucil Rose, Chul-In Park, and Wei-Fang Gu coached an ensemble of Cleveland Metropolitan School District string students to help them prepare for their performance at the All-City Arts Festival Rock Your World, held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum this Saturday, May 15.

The fifth- through eighth-grade students are part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s All-City Arts Program string ensemble. The students, from Cleveland School of the Arts Lower Campus, Upper Campus, and Newton D. Baker School, gathered at John Hay High School’s auditorium on Monday for the rehearsal and coaching sessions with the Cleveland Orchestra musicians and their music teachers.

The Cleveland Orchestra musicians worked with the students, rehearsing their parts in small groups before coaching them during their full orchestra rehearsal with their music teachers, Dianna Richardson (of Cleveland School of the Arts) and Michelle George (of Newton D. Baker).

During her coaching session, Ms. Rose (top photo) worked with a group of eight second violin students, demonstrating bowing techniques, honing dynamics, and rehearsing parts before the main rehearsal. Mr. Gu (middle photo) focused on rhythm and encouraged his students to practice making precise entrances. Ms. Park (bottom photo) worked with the first violins to improve their bowing technique and rhythms.

Following their small-group coachings, the students joined their peers to rehearse with the full ensemble, running through each of their pieces with their Cleveland Orchestra coaches playing beside them.

The ensemble will perform “Bach Country Fiddles” by Richard Meyers, “Summer Stomp” by Dorothy Straub, and “St. Lawrence Overture” by Elliot Del Borgo at the performance on Saturday.

Orchestra string members have coached ensembles from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s All-City groups throughout the school year as part of the Orchestra’s MusicMentors program, made possible through its Community Music Initiative.

Read The Plain Dealer's article about Rock Your World at

Principal clarinet rediscovers Klezmer roots

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 · 0 comments

Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen recently released a new recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, which he will perform with The Cleveland Orchestra on May 13 and 15 at 8 p.m.

Mr. Cohen will sign copies of the CD following both performances, and the recording is available for purchase at the Cleveland Orchestra Store and online at

Last December, Mr. Cohen and his violinist daughter, Diana, along with their friends Isabel Trautwein, Kirsten Docter, and Tanya Ell, gathered in Warner Hall at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music to record Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for klezmer clarinet and string quartet. The work is a “klezmer fantasy” of sorts and uses the clarinet and bass clarinet in unconventional and colorful ways.

As Golijov explains in the score, “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind is a kind of epic, a history of Judaism. The movements sound like they are in three of the languages spoken in almost 6,000 years of Jewish history ... I never wrote it with this idea in mind, and only understood it when the work was finished.”

Mr. Cohen describes the piece as a “profoundly transformational journey that has taken me closer to my Eastern European musical roots.”

Read preview articles in the Cleveland Jewish News, The Plain Dealer, or, or listen to an interview with Mr. Cohen and his daughter, Diana, on WCPN 90.3 FM’s Around Noon.

Visit for more information about the performances this weekend.

Listen to excerpts from the recording:
Mvt. 1: Prelude, Calmo sospeso
Mvt. 2: Agitato, minaccioso

CD cover painting: Roman Rabinovich: Dancer in the dark (2008)
Graphics by: Cover to Cover Design

Photo of Franklin Cohen by Gary Adams.

VIRAL VIDEO: The Cleveland Orchestra shows support for the Cavs!

Friday, May 7, 2010 · 2 comments

The musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, with conductor Robert Porco, created a video in support of The Cleveland Cavaliers. Good luck to the Cavs, and especially LeBron James, as you fight for the championship in the NBA Playoffs!

Watch this video on YouTube. Special thanks to partner WVIZ/PBS ideastream. Go Cavs!

Filmed May 5, 2010 at Severance Hall

Countdown to Summer

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 · 0 comments

Join the fun! Guests are welcome at the Blossom Women's Committee annual luncheon meeting at the Silver Lake Country Club on May 12 at 11:30 a.m. The group plans special events during The Cleveland Orchestra's summer Blossom Festival at Blossom Music Center, including a pre-concert Opening Night dinner on July 2 and three Gourmet Matinees (ticketed lunch events with selected musicians, held at Blossom) scheduled for Wednesday, July 14; Wednesday, Aug. 4; and Wednesday, Sept. 1.

For details on the May 12 luncheon, contact Donna DiBiase at (330) 673-8052 or To learn more about the Blossom Women's Committee, contact Germaine Williams at (330) 673-8455 or

The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cavs

Monday, May 3, 2010 · 0 comments

This weekend at Severance Hall, The Cleveland Orchestra is performing the music you hear before Cavs games at the Q!

The Cleveland Orchestra, Chorus, and Children's Chorus, conducted by Robert Porco, will perform Carl Orff's Carmina Burana this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. The performances also feature soloists Lisette Oropesa, soprano; Christopher Pfund, tenor; and Ljubomir Puškarić, baritone.

Root the Cavs on to victory in the playoffs this weekend with The Cleveland Orchestra!

Listen to The Cleveland Orchestra's radio spot currently being played on WMJI, or read a preview interview with baritone Ljubomir Puškarić at

More info at