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, January 25, at 1 p.m. On this weeks broadcast concert by the Cleveland Orchestra maestro Giancarlo Guerrero returns to the podium and will be joined by classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic for a performance of the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo. The concert will open with the Capriccio Italien by Tchaikovsky, and we'll also hear Respighi's Fountains of Rome and the Capriccio espanole by Rimsky-Korsokov.

Airs Monday, January 18, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra cellist Alisa Weilerstein will be the soloist in the Sir. Edward Elagar's Cello Concerto. Measetro Giancarlo Guerrero will also lead the orchestra in the Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Pärt and the concert concludes with Harmonielehre by John Adams.

Airs Monday, January 11, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra guest conductor James Gaffigan will be joined by soprano Yulia van Doren and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for a performance of the Cantata No. 199, “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” by J.S. Bach. She will also be featured in the Brahms' Song of Destiny and the concert will close with the Symphony No. 5, the “Reformation” symphony by Felix Mendelssohn.

Airs Monday, January 4, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra pianist Lang Lang joins conductor Franz Welser-Möst for a concert featuring Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante, as well as Pintscher's Idyl for Orchestra and two works by Richard Strauss, his Burleske and his Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

Below are listings for past broadcast concerts by the Cleveland Orchestra.