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, July 11, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra, pianist Stephen Hough will join maestro Alan Gilbert in a performance of the Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33 by Antonín Dvořák, with Schumann's “Manfred” Overture opening the concert and Nielsen's monumental Symphony No. 4, the “Inextinguishable” concluding the concert.

Airs Monday, July 4, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra violist William Preucil and cellist Mark Kosower will be featured in the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 “The Double Concerto.”  Franz Welser-Möst will conduct this concert which opens with Prokofiev's Divertissement, Op. 43 and will close with Prokofiev's Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44. 

Airs Monday, June 27, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will be the soloist in Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 on a program that opens with Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture and closes with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1 in G minor, “Winter Dreams.” Franz Welser-Möst will conduct this concert from Knight Concert Hall in Miami.

Airs Monday, June 20, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra we delve ino the archive in honor of Yehudi Menuhin’s centenary with a broadcast from January 2, 1970. Sir Yehudi Menuhin will conduct and serve as violinist and Hephzibah Menuhin as pianist. The program features Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat major, K. 450, Bartok's Divertimento for Strings, and Schubert's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, “Tragic.” 

Airs Monday, June 13, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra conductor laureate Christoph von Dohnányi takes the podium for a concert “The Bartered Bride” Overture by Smetana and Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C major, "the Great." In the middle, Franz Welser-Möst will be joined by violist Robert Vernon in the Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra by Sortomme.

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