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Individual concert tickets for the 2015-16 Cleveland Orchestra season go on sale Tuesday, August 11

Season opens on September 24 with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting

Release:  August 6, 2015

CLEVELAND – Individual concert tickets for The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2015-16 season go on sale on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, online at clevelandorchestra.com, by phone at 216-231-1111, and in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office. 

Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra open the season on September 24–26 with the orchestral masterpiece An Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss.  Also on the program is Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”). 

Additional highlights in the 2015-16 season include Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6; an all-Bartók program: Bluebeard’s Castle and The Miraculous Mandarin (with The Joffrey Ballet); Mahler’s Symphony No. 3; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4.  In addition to the opening weekend performance of An Alpine Symphony, Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra; and Ein Heldenleben [A Hero’s Life] will be performed. 

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will be featured in major choral-orchestral works by Beethoven, Dvořák, Handel, Mahler, and Verdi during the season.

After 40 seasons with The Cleveland Orchestra, principal viola Robert Vernon will retire at the end of the 2015-16 season.  The weekend of November 19, he will perform in the world premiere of Richard Sortomme’s Concerto for Two Violas with first assistant principal viola, Lynne Ramsey. 

The 2015-16 season also features the popular At the Movies Series (sponsored by PNC Bank), the KeyBank Fridays@7 series, Family Concerts, PNC Musical Rainbow Concerts, and the traditional Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concerts (sponsored by Dollar Bank), which begin on December 11 and run through December 20, 2015. 

On Saturday, October 3, the Cleveland Orchestra Gala Concert features soprano Renée Fleming and is conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.  Gala Chair is Norma Lerner, Corporate Chair is Beth Mooney, and Co-Chair is Nancy W. McCann.  The gala concert and dinner support the Orchestra’s Education and Community programs. For concert tickets, contact the Severance Hall Ticket Office at 216-231-1111.  For Gala tickets, call 216-231-7535.

The Cleveland Orchestra again offers many ticket options, including the Under 18s Free ticket with an adult purchase; the Student Advantage Program for high school, college, and graduate students; and, also for students, the Frequent Fan Card.  For many concerts, seniors can purchase discounted tickets at the Ticket Office beginning the Monday before the performance. 


*COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS IN THE CALENDAR AT THE END OF RELEASE*


INDIVIDUAL AND SUBSCRIPTION TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets to individual performances are available on-line at clevelandorchestra.com, or by calling Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141.  The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located on street level in the Smith Lobby.  The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building, on East Boulevard.  Severance Hall Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and, beginning September 12, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed Sundays and holidays except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office opens three hours prior to each performance). 

Subscribers receive seating priority over individual-ticket buyers, ticket exchange privileges, and other benefits.  For more information about the variety of subscription packages offered or for other questions, call Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141 or visit clevelandorchestra.com.

UNDER 18s FREE
The Under 18s Free program offers free tickets (one per regular-priced adult paid admission) to young people ages 7-17. The free tickets for Severance Hall concerts eligible for this program must be obtained through the Severance Hall Ticket Office.  Holiday concerts and Celebrity Series concerts are excluded from the Under 18s Free offer.

Under 18s Free is a program for families, supported by The Cleveland Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences.  The Center, created with a lead endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation, was established to fund programs to develop new generations of audiences for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Northeast Ohio.

STUDENT ADVANTAGE PROGRAM
The Cleveland Orchestra’s Student Advantage Program makes $10 tickets available to full-time high school, college, and graduate/post-graduate students during the Severance Hall season.  Membership is free; for more information, visit clevelandorchestra.com, and follow on Facebook.  Student Advantage Program members also receive invitations to free open rehearsals and masterclasses.

The Cleveland Orchestra Frequent Fan Card is priced at $50, and is available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office.  The Frequent Fan Cards admit one student to unlimited performances, based on availability, of Cleveland Orchestra subscription concerts in the 2015-16 season.  The Cleveland Orchestra Frequent Fan Card, normally priced at $50, will be offered to students at a discount from August 24 through September 4, for $35.  To purchase a Frequent Fan Card, please call the Severance Hall Ticket Office at 216-231-1111.

The Student Advantage program is funded by the Center for Future Audiences through the Alexander and Sarah Cutler Fund for Student Audiences.

FRIDAY MORNING BUS SERVICE
Bus service is available to Friday Morning Concert patrons, departing from Akron, Beachwood, Brecksville, and Westlake for $15 roundtrip.  Bus tickets must be purchased in advance.  Subscribers can also purchase bus service when renewing their season package for $60.   Local shuttle service is available from Cedar Hill Baptist Church for $5 per person.   Now offered for the sixth consecutive season, bus transportation is supported in part by the Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra.


2015-16 Season at Severance Hall

FALL SEASON

 

ALPINE SYMPHONY

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

MOZART  Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”)
STRAUSS  An Alpine Symphony

Richard Strauss was an avid outdoorsman, and An Alpine Symphony is the vivid musical depiction of a day spent climbing an Alpine mountain, replete with scenic meadows, a dazzling view from the summit, and a sudden, violent storm.  It is one of the most spectacular – and spectacularly challenging to perform – orchestral tone poems ever written, and it employs a massive orchestra of some 125 musicians.   [Popular culture note: in 1981, a recording of An Alpine Symphony made with the Berlin Philharmonic became the first compact disc pressing.]


VIOLINS OF HOPE CLEVELAND CONCERT

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 at 2:45 p.m.
Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center
The Temple Tifereth - Israel
1855 Ansel Rd., Cleveland 44106

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Shlomo Mintz, violin
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

BEETHOVEN  Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
SCHOENBERG  Kol Nidre
MENDELSSOHN  Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN  “Leonore” Overture No. 3

More information is available online at www.violinsofhopecle.org.


MAHLER’S THIRD

Thursday, OCTOBER 1, 2015  at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, OCTOBER 2, 2015  at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Women of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus

MAHLER  Symphony No. 3

Gustav Mahler insisted that a symphony “must be like the world, it must embrace everything!”  With his own Third Symphony, he did just that, creating a “great hymn to the glory of every aspect of creation.”  Here, Mahler wrote into music what the great outdoors had taught him in long summer hikes across mountains and meadows, what he’d learned of humanity on earth and angels in heaven.  And it ends dramatically in one of the most beautiful slow movements ever written.


A GALA EVENING WITH RENÉE FLEMING

Saturday, OCTOBER 3, 2015 at 7 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano

WAGNER                                  Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg         
R. STRAUSS                             Moonlight Music and Final Scene from Capriccio
J. STRAUSS JR.                       From the Mountains Waltz
J. STRAUSS JR./arr. Korngold   “I Often Wonder” from Viennese Waltzes
SIECZYNSKI                             “Vienna, City of My Dreams”
LEHÁR                                     “Why Did You Wake Me with a Kiss?” from Friederike     
LEHÁR                                     “Vilja Song” from The Merry Widow
J. STRAUSS JR.                       “I'm in Love with Vienna” from The Great Waltz

Gala packages include valet parking, cocktails, and premium concert and dinner seating; for information about Gala packages, please call 216-231-7535.

Diamond Sponsors:    The Lerner Foundation
                                    KeyBank
                                    The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation
                                    Dee and Jimmy Haslam


ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA

Thursday, OCTOBER 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Joela Jones, piano

MESSIAEN  L’Ascension:  4 méditations symphoniques
MESSIAEN  Couleurs de la cité céleste [Colors of the Celestial City]
STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra

When Richard Strauss led the first performance of Also sprach Zarathustra in 1896, no one could have imagined that its opening fanfare would become known worldwide as the default music soundtrack for all things to do with space travel, thanks to its use in Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Inspired by the treatise by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, Strauss’s tone poem grapples with life’s big questions.  [Popular culture note: In his concerts between 1971 and his death in 1977, Elvis Presley made his grand entry onto the stage to Also sprach Zarathustra.]


VERDI SACRED PIECES

Friday, OCTOBER 9, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Joela Jones, piano
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

MESSIAEN  Chronochromie
MESSIAEN  Couleurs de la cité céleste [Colors of the Celestial City]
VERDI  Stabat Mater & Te Deum (from Four Sacred Pieces)

Franz Welser-Möst explores the meaning of faith and belief by pairing two composers whose works, separated by nearly a century, provide very different perspectives.   Messiaen was devout, and his music shines with his embrace of God and creation in a way that almost seems evangelistic.  Verdi’s masterpiece of sacred music, while overtly religious, is more conflicted, more ambiguous.


ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA

Saturday, OCTOBER 10, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Joela Jones, piano
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra
MESSIAEN  Couleurs de la cité céleste [Colors of the Celestial City]
VERDI  Stabat Mater & Te Deum (from Four Sacred Pieces)


PNC MUSICAL RAINBOWS
For young people ages 3 to 6

POWERFUL PERCUSSION
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall

Friday, OCTOBER 23, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, OCTOBER 24, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, OCTOBER 24, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Mell Csicsila and Andrew Pongracz, percussion
Maryann Nagel, host

Energetic host Maryann Nagel will get children singing, clapping, and moving to the music! Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, while introducing their instruments.

Sponsored by:  PNC

Endowed by the Pysht Fund

Under 18s Free on October 23 and 24:  Young people ages 7-17 can attend for free; one free admission per full-price adult ticket purchased.


Family Concert
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

Sunday, OCTOBER 25, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
Carl Topilow, conductor

An afternoon of deliciously frightening fun and terrifying tales featuring the spooky sounds of orchestral favorites Saint-Saëns’s Danse macabre and Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, plus favorites by John Williams from Star Wars, Superman, and Harry Potter.  Come dressed in your Halloween best for our costume contest!

Free pre-concert activities and the costume contest begin at 2 p.m.

Supported by: The Giant Eagle Foundation


At the Movies series
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
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Friday, OCTOBER 30 at 8 p.m.
Todd Wilson, organ

Celebrate Halloween with this classic 1923 silent film … with the accompaniment improvised live by acclaimed organist Todd Wilson.  Quasimodo (Lon Chaney Sr.), an inarticulate, deformed human being who is the bell ringer of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, sacrifices his life to save Esmeralda (Patsy Ruth Miller), a Gypsy girl who once befriended him, from the hunchback's evil master.  The fully improvised accompaniment features Severance Hall’s mighty Norton Memorial Organ, considered one of the finest concert organs ever built.

Please note that The Cleveland Orchestra does not appear on this program.

At the Movies series sponsor:  PNC Bank


SYMPHONIC DANCES

Friday, NOVEMBER 6, 2015 at 11 a.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Leonidas Kavakos, violin

SHOSTAKOVICH  Violin Concerto No. 1
RACHMANINOFF  Symphonic Dances

Rachmaninoff is the quintessential Romantic composer, and his music remained firmly rooted in the Russian tradition long after the Modernist composers were in vogue—including the Symphonic Dances, his last orchestral work.  Richly orchestrated with melodies brimming with emotion, this work is made up of three movements, all in various dance styles. 
“Kavakos plays [Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1] like one born to it, with every technical challenge fearlessly met and the emotional trajectory unwaveringly delineated ... a real white-knuckle ride, thrilling in its precision and panache.” — The Guardian


SYMPHONIC DANCES

Saturday, NOVEMBER 7, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, NOVEMBER 8, 2015 at 3 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Leonidas Kavakos, violin

PETRASSI  Partita
SHOSTAKOVICH  Violin Concerto No. 1
RACHMANINOFF  Symphonic Dances


SCHUBERT’S GREAT SYMPHONY

Thursday, NOVEMBER 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Robert Vernon, viola
Lynne Ramsey, viola

SMETANA  Overture to The Bartered Bride
SORTOMME  Concerto for Two Violas and Orchestra on Themes from Smetana’s String Quartet No.1, “From My Life” [WORLD PREMIERE, Cleveland Orchestra Commission]
SCHUBERT  Symphony in C major (“The Great”)

Schubert profoundly revered Beethoven; he even served as one of the pallbearers at the great composer’s funeral. Perhaps his greatest tribute to Beethoven was his resolve to write a grand symphony with the breadth and profundity of his musical idol’s, and his Ninth Symphony was the result.  Schubert was an astonishingly creative and productive composer in his own right, and his mastery of songwriting is apparent in the lyrical melodies and vitality of his “Great” C-major Symphony.


PNC MUSICAL RAINBOWS
For young people ages 3 to 6

THE FABULOUS FLUTE
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall

Friday, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Marisela Sager, flute
Maryann Nagel, host
Laura Silverman, piano

Energetic host Maryann Nagel will get children singing, clapping, and moving to the music! Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, while introducing their instruments.

Sponsored by:  PNC

Endowed by the Pysht Fund

Under 18s Free on November 20 and 21:  Young people ages 7-17 can attend for free; one free admission per full-price adult ticket purchased.


CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Sunday, NOVEMBER 22, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

PUTS  River’s Rush
BERNSTEIN  Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”)
SCHUMANN  Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”)

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is one of northern Ohio’s premier musical destinations for aspiring student musicians.  It provides serious young music students of middle school and high school age with a pre-professional orchestral training experience in a full symphony orchestra.  The unique musical experiences that the Youth Orchestra offers include weekly coachings with members of The Cleveland Orchestra as well as rehearsals and performances in Severance Hall.  Youth Orchestra performances are open to all ages – a perfect opportunity to introduce children to an orchestra concert.

Prelude Concert at 7 p.m. featuring Youth Orchestra members performing chamber music.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is supported by a generous grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and by gifts from many other donors from across Northeast OhioEndowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation.

Under 18s Free on November 22:  Young people ages 7-17 can attend for free; one free admission per full-price adult ticket purchased.


SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Friday, NOVEMBER 27, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, NOVEMBER 29, 2015 at 3 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Lionel Bringuier, conductor
Robert Walters, english horn

DEBUSSY  Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
RANDS  Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra [WORLD PREMIERE – Oberlin Conservatory of Music Commission]
BERLIOZ  Symphonie fantastique

In his “Fantasy Symphony,” the young Berlioz bared his soul in music – torturing himself with the extreme passion he had once felt for his beloved.  Through visions of dreams, opium-induced nightmares, and tender musical kisses, this masterpiece includes a riveting “March to the Scaffold” you won’t soon forget.   Also featured on this concert is a rare treat – a newly commissioned concerto for the english horn.


HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Thursday, DECEMBER 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, DECEMBER 4, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, DECEMBER 5, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Robert Porco, conductor
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
John Tessier, tenor
John Relyea, bass
Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Chorus

HANDEL  Messiah

In his time, Handel was a music superstar, and at Messiah’s premiere in 1742, the concert hall was so packed that management pleaded with ladies to wear dresses "without Hoops" in order to make "Room for more company."  Now a beloved musical tradition of the holiday season, Handel’s glorious celebration of the life of Christ rings with joy and conviction, and still awes listeners 250 years after the composer's death.


At the Movies series
BACK TO THE FUTURE
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Thursday, DECEMBER 10 at 7:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

Power up your DeLorean … recharge your flux capacitor … and get ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of an unforgettable movie classic as you’ve never seen and heard it before!  Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) finds himself transported back to 1955 where he struggles to change the destiny of his parents (Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover) and rescue an eccentric friend (Christopher Lloyd), all while trying to ensure he has a future to get back to.  Alan Silvestri’s dazzling musical score includes approximately fifteen minutes of brand-new music, all performed by The Cleveland Orchestra.

Back to the Future ™ & © Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture.  All rights reserved.

At the Movies series sponsor:  PNC Bank


CHRISTMAS BRASS QUINTET

PNC HOLIDAY MUSICAL RAINBOWS
For young people and their families

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Jack Sutte, trumpet
Michael Miller, trumpet
Hans Clebsch, horn
Richard Stout, trombone
Kenneth Heinlein, tuba

Maryann Nagel, host

Cleveland Orchestra musicians perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, while introducing their instruments and celebrating the music of the season.

Sponsored by:  PNC

Endowed by the Pysht Fund

Under 18s Free on December 11 and 12:  Young people ages 7-17 can attend for free with accompanying adults; one free admission per full-price adult ticket purchased.


CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.* CSU
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.* CSU, W, A
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.* W, A
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.* C
Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.* Y
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.* C
Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.* Y
Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.* C
Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.* Y

The Cleveland Orchestra
Robert Porco, conductor
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus *
Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus C
Members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Y
Cleveland State University Chorale CSU
   Brian Bailey, director
Wooster Chorus of The College of Wooster W
   Lisa Wong, director
University of Akron Concert Choir A
   Marie Bucoy-Calavan, director

Celebrate the holiday season with The Cleveland Orchestra and Choruses in these annual offerings of music for the season, including sing-alongs and a very special guest – all in the festive Yuletide splendor of Severance Hall.
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HOME ALONE

Wednesday, DECEMBER 16 at 7:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
Lisa Wong, director

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’s delightful score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra.  Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.  Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

Home Alone © 1990 Twentieth Century Fox. 
All rights reserved.

Sponsor: PNC Bank


WINTER SEASON

BRONFMAN PLAYS BEETHOVEN

Thursday, JANUARY 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, JANUARY 9, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

BEETHOVEN  String Quartet No. 15 (for string orchestra)
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVEN  Choral Fantasy

Yefim Bronfman’s commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide.  This all-Beethoven concert also features the Choral Fantasy – the work that was the genesis of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and its iconic “Ode to Joy.”


BRONFMAN PLAYS BEETHOVEN

Friday, JANUARY 8, 2016 at 11 a.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

BEETHOVEN  String Quartet No. 15 (for string orchestra)
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 3


SHOSTAKOVICH’S FOURTH

Thursday, JANUARY 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, JANUARY 15, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Barbara Hannigan, soprano

ABRAHAMSEN  let me tell you [U.S. PREMIERE]
SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 4


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION CONCERT

Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra

This annual musical performance celebrates the spirit of Dr. King’s life, leadership, and vision with a program of music, song, and community service recognition.

TICKETS: Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available via clevelandorchestra.com beginning on a date to be announced.

Sponsor:  KeyBank


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

Monday, January 18, 2016 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Severance Hall joins the city-wide celebration of Dr. King’s life with an open house offering instrumental, vocal, and dance performances.  Spend the day or spend an hour with us, during this free day of music featuring performances by community musical ensembles and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.  Watch for complete details at clevelandorchestra.com or on our Facebook page.

Free event, no tickets are required.


RAVEL AND DEBUSSY

Thursday, FEBRUARY 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, FEBRUARY 6, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

DALBAVIE  La Source d’un Regard
RAVEL  Piano Concerto in G major
DEBUSSY  Images


Friday, FEBRUARY 5, 2016 at 7 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

KeyBank Fridays@7

RAVEL  Piano Concerto in G major
DEBUSSY  Images


MITSUKO UCHIDA’S MOZART

Thursday, FEBRUARY 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, FEBRUARY 13, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Mitsuko Uchida, piano and conductor
William Preucil, concertmaster and leader

MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 17
MOZART  Symphony No. 34
MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 25


DVOŘÁK’S SEVENTH

Thursday, FEBRUARY 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, FEBRUARY 19, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, FEBRUARY 20, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

BERWALD  Symphony No. 3 (“Sinfonie singulière”)
DVOŘÁK  Symphony No. 7


Family Concert
GOTTA DANCE

Friday, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

Put on your dancing shoes, grab your partner, and join The Cleveland Orchestra and a team of local dancers for a concert of history’s most toe-tapping Classical music.  With musical selections including a habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, a wild square dance from Copland’s Rodeo, and rousing Slavonic Dances by Dvořák, you won’t be able to stop your feet from tapping!

Free pre-concert activities begin one hour before concert start time.

Supported by: The Giant Eagle Foundation


THE INEXTINGUISHABLE

Thursday, MARCH 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, MARCH 5, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, MARCH 6, 2016 at 3 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

SCHUMANN  Overture to Manfred
DVOŘÁK  Piano Concerto
NIELSEN  Symphony No. 4 (“The Inextinguishable”)


PNC MUSICAL RAINBOWS
For young people ages 3 to 6

THE CHEERFUL CELLO
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall

Friday, MARCH 4, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, MARCH 5, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, MARCH 5, 2016 at 11 a.m.

David Alan Harrell, cello
Maryann Nagel, host
Laura Silverman, piano

Energetic host Maryann Nagel will get children singing, clapping, and moving to the music! Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, while introducing their instruments.

Sponsored by:  PNC

Endowed by the Pysht Fund

Under 18s Free on March 4 and 5:  Young people ages 7-17 can attend for free; one free admission per full-price adult ticket purchased.


CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH CHORUS

Friday, MARCH 4, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
Lisa Wong, director

STRAVINSKY  Petrouchka
BRAHMS  Schicksalslied [Song of Destiny]
COPLAND  Canticle of Freedom

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is one of northern Ohio’s premier musical destinations for aspiring student musicians.  It provides serious young music students of middle school and high school age with a pre-professional orchestral training experience in a full symphony orchestra.  The unique musical experiences that the Youth Orchestra offers include weekly coachings with members of The Cleveland Orchestra as well as rehearsals and performances in Severance Hall.  Youth Orchestra performances are open to all ages – a perfect opportunity to introduce children to an orchestra concert.

Prelude Concert at 7 p.m. featuring Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus members performing chamber music.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is supported by a generous grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and by gifts from many other donors from across Northeast OhioEndowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation.  The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is supported by the Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation.

Under 18s Free on March 4:  Young people ages 7-17 can attend for free; one free admission per full-price adult ticket purchased.


MARIA JOÃO PIRES AND JULIEN BROCAL PLAY BEETHOVEN

Thursday, MARCH 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Maria João Pires, piano*
Julien Brocal, piano**

BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No. 13**
BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No. 31*
BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No. 14**
BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No. 32*

Acclaimed as one of the greatest pianists of our time, Maria João Pires is an artist who combines exquisite stylistic refinement with a remarkable ability to express the intellectual complexities and spiritual depths of music.  As a performer, her vast, nuanced emotional range and tone encompass a dizzying variety of intensities, from an almost imperceptible lightness to an imposing monumentality.  She makes a rare appearance in Cleveland for an all-Beethoven evening.

Julien Brocal appears as part of Maria João Pires’s Partitura Project, a program designed to create opportunities for young musicians to share the concert platform with well-known artists, encouraging the transmission of knowledge from one generation of pianists to the next, and introducing audiences to these upcoming artists.


SPRING SEASON

TRULS MØRK PLAYS SCHUMANN

Thursday, MARCH 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, MARCH 26, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Truls Mørk, cello

KURTÁG  Grabstein für Stephan
SCHUMANN  Cello Concerto
BRUCKNER  Symphony No. 6


WAGNER’S GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

Thursday, MARCH 31, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, APRIL 2, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

CHEUNG  Lyra
ADÈS  Concentric Paths (for violin and orchestra)
WAGNER  Excerpts from Götterdämmerung


Friday, APRIL 1, 2016 at 11 a.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

ADÈS  Concentric Paths (for violin and orchestra)
WAGNER  Excerpts from Götterdämmerung

BARTÓK ON STAGE

Thursday, APRIL 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, APRIL 8, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, APRIL 9, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, APRIL 10, 2016 at 3 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Mikhail Petrenko, bass
Katarina Dalayman, soprano
The Joffrey Ballet
   Ashley Wheater, artistic director
Members of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

BARTÓK  The Miraculous Mandarin
BARTÓK  Bluebeard’s Castle


PNC MUSICAL RAINBOWS
For young people ages 3 to 6

THE TERRIFIC TRUMPET
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall

Friday, APRIL 8, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, APRIL 9, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, APRIL 9, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Jack Sutte, trumpet
Maryann Nagel, host
Laura Silverman, piano

Energetic host Maryann Nagel will get children singing, clapping, and moving to the music! Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, while introducing their instruments.

Sponsored by:  PNC

Endowed by the Pysht Fund

Under 18s Free on April 8 and 9:  Young people ages 7-17 can attend for free; one free admission per full-price adult ticket purchased.


MOZART AND HAYDN

Thursday, APRIL 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, APRIL 16, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jane Glover, conductor
Joshua Smith, flute
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp

HAYDN  Symphony No. 6 (“Le Matin”)
MOZART  Concerto in C major for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra
MOZART  Symphony No. 39


Friday, APRIL 15, 2016 at 7 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jane Glover, conductor
Joshua Smith, flute
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp

KeyBank Fridays@7

MOZART  Concerto in C major for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra
MOZART  Symphony No. 39


Family Concert
GREEN EGGS AND HAMADEUS

Saturday, APRIL 16, 2016 at 2 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Rob Kapilow, conductor and host
Daniel Pelzig, director
Sherry Boone, soprano

This concert brings together the worlds of Dr. Seuss and Mozart, in a whiz-bang operetta mash-up designed especially for children. The Boston Globe called Green Eggs and Hamadeus “the most popular family music since Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”   Kapilow’s delightfully funny musical score takes its inspiration from Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, and sets to music Dr. Seuss’s tale of “Sam-I-am” and a hilariously questionable meal!  You will like it, Sam-I-am!
Free pre-concert activities begin one hour before concert start time.

Supported by: The Giant Eagle Foundation


BEETHOVEN’S HEROIC SYMPHONY

Thursday, APRIL 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, APRIL 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, APRIL 24, 2016 at 3 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Antoni Wit, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

WAGNER  Polonia Overture
CHOPIN  Piano Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)


At the Movies series
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
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Tuesday, APRIL 26 at 7:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor

She's Alive!!!  The 1935 classic horror film with legendary film composer Franz Waxman's evocative score played live by The Cleveland Orchestra.  Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and Dr. Pretorius go back into their laboratory, exhume more bodies, and convert a female corpse (Elsa Lanchester) into a bride for the Monster (Boris Karloff).

At the Movies series sponsor:  PNC Bank


A HERO’S LIFE

Thursday, APRIL 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, APRIL 30, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Antonio Pappano, conductor
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, mezzo-soprano

WAGNER  Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
CHAUSSON  Poème de l’amour et de la mer
STRAUSS  Ein Heldenleben [A Hero’s Life]


Friday, APRIL 29, 2016 at 11 a.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Antonio Pappano, conductor

WAGNER  Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
STRAUSS  Ein Heldenleben [A Hero’s Life]


STRAVINSKY’S FIREBIRD

Thursday, MAY 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, MAY 7, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

KODÁLY  Dances of Galánta
RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 1
STRAVINSKY  Suite from The Firebird


Friday, MAY 6, 2016 at 11 a.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 1
STRAVINSKY  Suite from The Firebird


Friday, MAY 6, 2016 at 7 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

KeyBank Fridays@7

RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 1
STRAVINSKY  Suite from The Firebird


CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3 p.m.

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

Program includes:

DANIELPOUR  Toward the Splendid City
RACHMANINOFF  Symphonic Dances

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is one of northern Ohio’s premier musical destinations for aspiring student musicians.  It provides serious young music students of middle school and high school age with a pre-professional orchestral training experience in a full symphony orchestra.  The unique musical experiences that the Youth Orchestra offers include weekly coachings with members of The Cleveland Orchestra as well as rehearsals and performances in Severance Hall.  Youth Orchestra performances are open to all ages – a perfect opportunity to introduce children to an orchestra concert.

Prelude Concert at 2 p.m. featuring Youth Orchestra members performing chamber music.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is supported by a generous grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and by gifts from many other donors from across Northeast OhioEndowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation.

Under 18s Free on May 8:  Young people ages 7-17 can attend for free; one free admission per full-price adult ticket purchased.


ZIMMERMANN PLAYS BARTÓK

Thursday, MAY 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, MAY 13, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, MAY 14, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

LISZT  Orpheus, Symphonic Poem No. 4
BARTÓK  Violin Concerto No. 2
BARTÓK  Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta


PNC MUSICAL RAINBOWS
For young people ages 3 to 6

THE VICTORIOUS VIOLA
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall

Friday, MAY 13, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, MAY 14, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, MAY 14, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Lembi Veskimets, viola
Maryann Nagel, host
Laura Silverman, piano

Energetic host Maryann Nagel will get children singing, clapping, and moving to the music! Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, while introducing their instruments.

Sponsored by:  PNC

Endowed by the Pysht Fund

Under 18s Free on May 13 and 14:  Young people ages 7-17 can attend for free; one free admission per full-price adult ticket purchased.


BEETHOVEN’S EMPEROR

Thursday, MAY 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, MAY 21, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, MAY 22, 2016 at 3 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano

DVOŘÁK  The Wood Dove
JANÁČEK  Suite from From the House of the Dead
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”)


Friday, MAY 20, 2016 at 11 a.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

JANÁČEK  Suite from From the House of the Dead
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”)

DVOŘÁK’S STABAT MATER

Thursday, MAY 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, MAY 28, 2016 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Luba Orgonášová, soprano
Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano
Norbert Ernst, tenor
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

DVOŘÁK  Stabat Mater

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