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 Saturday, September 14 at 12 noon. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welsr-Moest returns to the stage to lead the orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and Grosse Fugue as well as Scriabin's Symphony No. 4  “Poem of Ecstasy” and Chute d”Etoiles (Falling Stars) by Pintscher. Maestro Welsr-Moest will be joined on stage by trumpeters Michael Sachs and Jack Sutte.

Airs Saturday, September 7 at 12 noon. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra James Feddeck takes the podium with bassoonist John Clouser as soloist in Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in Bb, K. 191. The concert also features the Love Scene from Romeo and Juliet by Berlioz and Ravel's Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe.

Airs Saturday, August 24 at 12 noon.  This week on the Cleveland Orchestra guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda is joined on stage by Massimo La Rosa on trombone for a performance of Nino Rota's Trombone Concerto. Also on the program Rachmaninoff's The Isle of the Dead and the Symphony No. 6 by Prokofiev as well as an archival performance of Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

Airs Saturday, August 17 at 12 noon. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrreo leads the orchestra in Stravinsky's Petrouchka Ballet and Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole. Also on the program violinist William Preucil will be featured in the Violin Concerto No. 3 by Paulus.

Airs Saturday, August 10 at 12 noon. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra Live, music director Franz Welser-Moest is joined on stage by pianist Garrick Ohlsson for a performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G, Op. 44. Then Maestro Moest will lead the orchestra in the Symphony No. 10 by Shostakovich

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