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, October 24, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra we draw a concert from the archives featuring cellist Mstislav Rostropovich who joins maestro Lorin Maazel in the Cello Concerto in C major by Haydn and the Cello Concerto No. 1 of Saint-Saens. The concert will open with the overture to La gazza ladra by Rossini and will close with Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss.

Airs Monday, September 26, at 1 p.m. This week from the Cleveland Orchestra Archive we feature a concert in memory of Louis Lane who passed in February of 2016. He will lead the orchestra in three works including the Divertimento Militaire by Mozart, Ibert's Escales, and the Symphony No. 3 in C, “Singulière” by Berwald

Airs Monday, September 19, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra Brett Mitchell will lead the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in a concert featuring the “Jeremiah,” the Symphony No. 1 by Leonard Bernstein as well as a familiar favorite, Igor Stravinsky's Ballet Music to “Petrushka.” The concert will open with new music by American composer Stephen Puts and his “River’s Rush” for orchestra.

Airs Monday, September 12, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra, their celebration of Brahms concludes with pianist Yefim Bronfman returning to the stage for the Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will open the concert with the Brahms Variations on a Theme of Haydn and in the center, an historic performance of the Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 featuring Lorin Maazel, conducting and Contralto Jessye Norman.

Airs Monday, September 5, 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' Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman. The concert will conclude with the Symphony No. 1 in C minor, by Brahms.

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