The Cleveland Orchestra 2015-16

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, August 29, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra, their celebration of Brahms continues with Franz Welser-Möst leading the orchestra in the Brahms' Tragic Overture, Op. 81, followed by the Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90, and the concert concludes with his Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73.

Airs Monday, August 22, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra, a celebration of Brahms with violinist Julia Fischer joining music director Franz Welser-Möst for the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77. The concrt opens with the Academic Festival” Overture, Op. 80 by Brahms and concludes with his Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98.

Airs Monday, Auguest 15, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra honors Pierre Boulez with a concert from the archives featuring maestro Boulez leading the orchestra in L’Ascension by Messiaen, two works for piano by Ravel with his Piano Concerto in G major and his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand featuring pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and this concert concludes with Debussy's “Iberia,” from “Images.”

Airs Monday, Auguest 8, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra, music director Franz Welser-Möst returns to lead the orchestra in Violin Concerto No. 2 by Bela Bartók with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. The concert opens with the Symphonic Poem No. 4 called “Orpheus” by Franz Liszt and closes with Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta.

Airs Monday, August 1, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis will join flutist Joshua Smith for a performance of Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K. 299. Jane Glover will lead the orchestra in this concert which opens with Haydn's Symphony No. 6 in D, "Le Matin," and closes with Mozart's Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543.

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