Photos from Stresa, Italy

Monday, August 30, 2010 · 0 comments

2010 European Festivals Tour Concludes in Italy

Sunday, August 29, 2010 · 0 comments

The Cleveland Orchestra performed the final concert of a European Music Festivals Tour tonight at the hall of the Palace of the Congress in Stresa, Italy. Stresa is in the piedmont, or, foot of the mountains, of northern Italy on Lake Maggiore. The concert was part of the Stresa International Festival.

Photo: Andrea Sacchi

World Premiere - Toshio Hosokawa's Woven Dreams

Saturday, August 28, 2010 · 0 comments

The Cleveland Orchestra, with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, performed a highly anticipated world premiere composed by Toshio Hosokawa. Mr. Hosokawa is the fifth composer in a series of commissions for The Cleveland Orchestra in partnership with the Lucerne Festival, the Roche corporation, and Carnegie Hall. His work, Woven Dreams, created an atmosphere of nature, with sounds of the outdoors from muted trumpets, varied string colors, and many percussion instruments. Hear more about the final concert of the 2010 Lucerne Festival Residency at WCLV.

Photos: Priska Ketterer

Festivals Tour Reviews

Friday, August 27, 2010 · 0 comments

The Cleveland Orchestra has been touring in Europe for the past two weeks. The following are excerpts from reviews and links to the articles:

“The orchestra negotiated Berg’s opaque harmonies in a way that made the music sound not just staggeringly beautiful but also effortlessly joined-together – a feat seldom achieved by the Clevelanders’ European peers. Their Brahms Second Symphony might seem old-fashioned to some ears, but it worked on its own terms: technically flawless, exceptionally well-blended, yet full of luminous touches from individual sections and section principals...The orchestra itself is the star.” - The Financial Times

“The Cleveland Orchestra proved that they are still one of the world's great musical beasts. With Franz Welser-Most conducting, this titanic piece reverberated alike in the Usher Hall and in the souls of the audience.” –
The Wall Street Journal

“A gorgeous, sumptuously phrased performance of Brahms’s Symphony No. 2” – The New York Times

“Their reputation as one of the world's great ensembles is richly deserved.” -
The Guardian

"The Austrian Welser-Möst led his ensemble in perfect rhythm and tempo, and infused the whole work with great radiance in sound and expression." - Tageszeitung Dolomiten (Daily News of the Dolomites)

"There is hardly any better constellation for Bruckner's music...the performance left a deep impression for the audience." - Volksblatt (People's News)

"These professionals developed all the details of this brilliant composition...and allowed the audience to revel in the elements, used by the composer, of romance, impressionism and the color of sound." -
Oberösterreichische Nachrichten (News of Upper Austria)

"For the technically almost flawless Cleveland, they are perfect." -
Die Presse

Festivals Tour Photos


The Cleveland Orchestra is currently in residence at the Lucerne Festival.

Photos below: Edinburgh, Scotland; Grafenegg, Austria; Linz, Austria; Merano, Italy; Lucerne, Switzerland

Photos: Cleveland Orchestra Media Relations, Wolfgang Lienbacher (Grafenegg), RLB OÖ/Schenk (Linz), Georg Mayr (Merano)and Georg Anderub (Lucerne)

Franz conducts on PBS tonight!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 · 0 comments

On Wednesday, August 25, at 8 p.m. on WVIZ/PBS ideastream in Cleveland, watch Franz Welser-Möst conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in the beautiful gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace during the orchestra’s annual summer concert.

The broadcast is premiering on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances on PBS tonight and will be broadcast on public television stations around the world tonight and in the coming weeks.

Read more details about the broadcast at

Watch the full episode. See more Great Performances.

Clevelanders in Italy

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 · 0 comments

The Cleveland Orchestra was the first American orchestra to perform in Merano, Italy, to open the month-long Merano Music Festival celebrating its 25th anniversary. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst received a beautiful bouquet of flowers after the concert, and promptly handed them to Concertmaster William Preucil after his mesmerizing performance in Strauss's Ein Heldenleben. Tomorrow the Orchestra embarks for the 2010 Lucerne Festival Residency. To hear more about the tour, click here.

Bruckner Symphony No. 8 at the Abbey of St. Florian

Saturday, August 21, 2010 · 0 comments

"The Crown" Austria's Largest Newspaper - Grafenegg Review


Kronen Zeitung Review from Grafenegg, Austria

"The Crown" Newspaper in Austria, was the first to publish a review of The Cleveland Orchestra's concert in Grafenegg last night.

Journalist Ewald Baringer wrote about Music Director Franz Welser-Möst's pre-concert discussion of the music, and highly praised the Orchestra's performance. He also mentioned that the audience was very impressed, and applauded until they were awarded an encore - Richard Strauss's Träumerei am Kamin from the opera Intermezzo.

2010 European Festivals Tour - Grafenegg


Grafenegg Music Festival Debut

Friday, August 20, 2010 · 0 comments

The Cleveland Orchestra debuted at the Grafenegg Music Festival last night with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. More than 2,000 people packed the stunning open-air theater to hear music under the light of the rising moon.

The Orchestra performed Schubert's Fourth Symphony, and Strauss's Ein Heldenleben, plus an encore from Strauss's opera Intermezzo. Link to WCLV to hear daily updates from the 2010 European Festivals Tour and Lucerne Festival Residency. The Orchestra will perform six more concerts this month in Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.

Photos: © Wolfgang Lienbacher

Wall Street Journal Reports on the Edinburgh International Festival

Thursday, August 19, 2010 · 0 comments

"There is little that needs saying, except that in Bruckner's four mighty movements the Cleveland Orchestra proved that they are still one of the world's great musical beasts. With Franz Welser-Most conducting, this titanic piece reverberated alike in the Usher Hall and in the souls of the audience." - Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2010

Photo: Cleveland Orchestra Media Relations

London's Guardian Newspaper Review from Edinburgh


Edinburgh festival
Cleveland Orchestra/Welser-Möst

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

The Guardian, Thursday 19 August 2010 22.01 BST
by Tim Ashley

We don't hear the Cleveland Orchestra in the UK as often as we might. That their reputation as one of the world's great ensembles is richly deserved was borne out by the second of their Edinburgh concerts with their music director Franz Welser-Möst. The first half – extracts from Korngold's Die Tote Stadt and Berg's Lulu Suite – was high on orchestral virtuosity and textural eroticism, and you would be hard pressed to find either work better played or more perfectly controlled in terms of sonorities or balance.

Welser-Möst is very much at his ease in this repertoire, allowing it to unfold with a post-Mahlerian weight and logic that doesn't detract from its inherent headiness. He has the ability to remind us that Korngold is often better than we expect, bringing glamour and emotional nuance to bear on music that can sometimes teeter on kitsch. The Berg, meanwhile, has rarely sounded more ravishing, and the fluttering complexities of the Ostinato and Variations were immaculately detailed and layered. But just occasionally you wanted a bit more tension. The soprano was Laura Aikin, poised in the Berg, but not plush enough in the Korngold.

After the interval came Brahms's Second Symphony. The warmth of the orchestral sound was again remarkable, resulting in one of the most beautiful performances of the piece I've heard for a while. The whole thing just seemed to flow and evolve perfectly naturally in its own time and at its own pace. Remarkable.

* © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

Photo: Cleveland Orchestra Media Relations

Photos from Edinburgh

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 · 0 comments

A slideshow of photos of Usher Hall, the end of The Cleveland Orchestra concert there on August 17, 2010, and sights in Edinburgh.

Photos: Cleveland Orchestra Media Relations

The Cleveland Orchestra Edinburgh


The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst performed at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland last night to a capacity audience. The program had three short pieces by Charles Ives, and then after the intermission, the Orchestra performed Bruckner's Eighth Symphony.

Immediately following the concert, Franz met an international youth orchestra made of of more than 100 students from England, Scotland, and South Korea. They are participating in a project called Music Behind the Lines, that creates opportunities in the music business and new partnerships, and develops future music leaders. They will perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Franz welcomed them and answered their questions about conducting and his career.

The Dunard Fund USA, a major supporter of the Edinburgh International Festival, hosted the Orchestra for a buffet dinner at The Hub, the center of the festival, an imposing nineteenth-century, church-like building in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Mark Atherton, a member of the bass section, thanked the festival, and especially Carol Høgel, whose family founded the fund.

Photos: Cleveland Orchestra Media Relations

Happy Birthday Franz!

Monday, August 16, 2010 · 0 comments

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst is celebrating his 50th birthday today.

Radio stations throughout the world are broadcasting performances conducted by Franz in honor of his 50th, including Vienna's Radio Stephansdom, ORF Radio, and Vermont Public Radio.

The Cleveland Orchestra celebrated Franz's birthday in Northeast Ohio last weekend when he conducted two performances at Blossom Music Center on August 7 and 8. Following Sunday's performance, the Orchestra played Happy Birthday and the entire audience sang along to wish him well.

Franz is enjoying his birthday with his family today, before he travels to the Edinburgh International Festival for performances on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Usher Hall. Franz and the Orchestra are beginning their summer tour of European Music Festivals.

Happy Birthday, and here’s to 50 more great years!

The Cleveland Orchestra On The Road: European Tour 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010 · 1 comments

Tomorrow The Cleveland Orchestra departs on its summer tour of prestigious European Music Festivals. The Orchestra has been invited to perform nine concerts in six cities over the next 13 days.

The tour begins at the Edinburgh International Festival with two performances at historic Usher Hall (pictured at right), built in 1914. The hall’s interior is beautifully decorated with sculpted plaster and gold medallions. Monday's program includes three short works by Charles Ives, including two organ solos to be performed by Joela Jones, the Principal Keyboardist of The Cleveland Orchestra. These light-hearted, and somewhat ironic works, balance the lengthy seriousness of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony, which was just performed in Cleveland. The concert will be broadcast on BBC radio on Monday, September 20.

The second Edinburgh program on Wednesday includes Brahms’s majestic Second Symphony. Known for her interpretation of the difficult role of Berg’s Lulu, American soprano Laura Aikin will join the Orchestra in an aria by Korngold and Berg’s Suite from Lulu. The music of Korngold is being performed several times at the festival, as they focus this year on late romantic music.

On Tuesday, August 24, The Cleveland Orchestra repeates the Grafenegg program at the Merano Festival (pictured above). Near Switzerland, Merano sits in a basin of the Alps. The festival, a month long, began in 1986 with chamber music performances, and is now visited by leading international orchestras.

The centerpiece of the tour will mark the fifth appearance of Franz and the Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival from August 26-28 with three different programs at the Konzertsaal (pictured above). There, the Orchestra will perform a world premiere, the new Roche Commission, Toshio Hosokawa’s Woven Dreams. The commission is created for the Lucerne Festival, The Cleveland Orchestra and Carnegie Hall, and will also be performed at Severance Hall and at Carnegie Hall.

The tour concludes with a performance at the Stresa Festival on the banks of Lake Maggiore. The Orchestra will perform Schubert's Symphony No. 4 and Strauss's Ein Heldenleben in the Palazzo dei Congressi (pictured at right) on August 29.

After traveling across Europe for two weeks, the Orchestra will arrive home in Cleveland on August 30.

Prize-Winning Piece To Highlight Anniversary Concert

Friday, August 6, 2010 · 3 comments

Congratulations to Matthew Smith, an undergraduate student at the Cleveland Institute of Music who has won the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s 2010 Composition Competition. Matt is a student of Keith Fitch. His work, titled Chasing the Moon, will receive its premiere on the Youth Orchestra’s May 22, 2011 concert at Severance Hall, as part of the group’s 25th anniversary season celebration.

The Envelope, Please...

Monday, August 2, 2010 · 0 comments

Under the beaming smile of guest conductor Jahja Ling, George Li, a 14-year-old pianist from Lexington, Massachusetts, accepted the audience's standing ovation for his performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 with The Cleveland Orchestra on Friday, July 30, at Severance Hall. Li proved to be the first-prize winner of the inaugural Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition.

Li won $10,000 and a four-year scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory, which co-presented the Cooper Competition with The Cleveland Orchestra. He also won concert engagements with orchestras in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

Second place went to John Chen, 14, of Leesburg, Virginia, who won $6,000 and a four-year scholarship to Oberlin. Kate Liu, 16, of Chicago, came in third, winning $3,000 and four-year scholarship to Oberlin.

Photo by Roger Mastroianni