The Cleveland Orchestra

Monday at 1 p.m.
  • Hosted by Robert Conrad

The Cleveland Orchestra has long been recognized as one of the finest ensemble in the world and boasts a long and stellar history or concerts, recordings, and collaborations over the past 90+ years. In 2018 the orchestra will celebrate 100 years of music making. It has been blessed by stable leadership over these many decades with a distinguished list of music directors who have shaped the ensemble into finely crafted music instrument. Nikolai Sokoloff was the founding conductor and lead the orchestra through its formidable years,  1918-33.  From 1933 to 1943 Artur Rodzinski took the helm followed by Erich Leinsdorf from 1943-46 and George Szell from 1946-70. Under Szell’s leadership the orchestra became renowned for its mastery of the repertoire. Lorin Maazel took the baton from Szell in 1972 and remained until 82, leading the orchestra into the dawn of the digital era. In 1984 Christoph von Dohnányi took over and remained until 2002 when the current music director and conductor, Franz Welser-Möst assumed the role. Under his leadership the Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and at each summer’s Blossom Festival, in residencies from Miami to Vienna to New York, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement.

Airs Monday, February 18, 2018, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra takes the stage along with violinist Jieming Tang for a concert that features Finding Rothko by Adam Schoenberg, the Violin Concerto by Korngold, and the Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninoff. Brett Mitchell conducts.

Airs Monday, February 12, 2018, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra, celebrating the Orchestra's 100 year, we present an archival concert featuring cellist Jacqueline du Pré in the Cello Concerto by Sir Edward Elgar and the Cello Concerto by Lalo. The concert will open with Ravel's Mother Goose Suite.

Airs Monday, February 4, 2018, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra conductor Franz Welser-Möst travels to the Musikverein in Vienna for a concert that opens with “L’Ascension,” music by Olivier Messiaen, and the concert concludes with the last tone poem by Richard Strauss, his "Alpine Symphony."

Airs Monday, February 4, 2018, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra conductor Franz Welser-Möst travels to the Musikverein in Vienna for a concert that opens with “L’Ascension,” music by Olivier Messiaen, and the concert concludes with the last tone poem by Richard Strauss, his "Alpine Symphony."

Airs Monday, January 29, 2018, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst is joined by violinist Nikolaj Znaider for a performance of the Nielsen Violin Concerto and then the Maestro Welser-Möst will lead the orchestra in the work that Sibelius referred to as a "confession of the soul," the beautiful Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius.

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