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Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s 2015-16 Season is announced

Release Date: August 12, 2015

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and its Music Director, Brett Mitchell, today announced details of the 2015-16 season.  In its 30th season, the Youth Orchestra, under Mr. Mitchell’s direction, will perform concerts in Severance Hall on Sunday, November 22, 2015; Friday, March 4, 2016 (with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus); and Sunday, May 8, 2016.  In addition to the three concerts in Severance Hall, the Youth Orchestra season includes concerts in nearby communities by both the full orchestra and by chamber ensembles comprised of Youth Orchestra members.  A Prelude Concert, featuring Youth Orchestra members performing chamber music in Reinberger Chamber Hall, begins one hour prior to each concert.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s 2015-16 Severance Hall season begins on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. with a program consisting of Kevin Puts’s River’s Rush; Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”); and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”).

The Youth Orchestra’s second Severance Hall concert of the season takes place on Friday, March 4, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. The program features Stravinsky’s Petrushka.  The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus joins the Youth Orchestra in performances of Brahms’s Schicksalslied [Song of Destiny], and Copland’s Canticle of Freedom

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s third and final concert of its 2015-16 Severance Hall season will be on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.  The program includes Richard Danielpour’s Toward the Splendid City and a work, to be announced at a later date, spotlighting the winner of the 2016 Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition.  Completing the program is Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

“The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s 30th season will certainly be one to remember,” said Music Director Brett Mitchell.  “The 100 musicians that make up the Youth Orchestra travel from fifty communities throughout our region each week to explore some of the greatest symphonic repertoire.  I’m honored to share the stage with these bright young talents this season.”

WCLV 104.9 FM, a Cleveland Orchestra Media Partner, will do a live broadcast of each of the three Youth Orchestra concerts during the 2015-16 season. 

The Under 18s Free ticket program is available for all Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra performances.   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. 

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.


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Brett Mitchell begins his third season in 2015-16 as a member of the conducting staff of The Cleveland Orchestra and as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.  His contract was recently extended through the 2016-17 season and his title promoted from assistant conductor to associate conductor beginning in September 2015.  As staff conductor, Mr. Mitchell serves as cover conductor for Severance Hall and Blossom Music Festival subscription concerts, and provides assistance to music director Franz Welser-Möst — in his first season, he stepped in on several occasions to lead concerts of The Cleveland Orchestra for ailing colleagues, at Severance Hall and Blossom. 

In addition to his responsibilities with The Cleveland Orchestra, Brett Mitchell regularly leads performances of orchestras across North America, and in Europe and Asia.  His guest conducting appearances have included performances with the orchestras of Baltimore, Columbus, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Saint Paul, and Washington D.C., as well as with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, among others. He has also served as cover conductor and musical assistant for the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.  Recent return engagements include performances with the orchestras of Detroit, Houston, Rochester, St. Paul, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Mitchell recently completed five seasons as music director (2010-15) of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra.  He previously served as assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony (2007-11), where he concurrently held a League of American Orchestras American Conducting Fellowship.  He was also an assistant conductor to Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France (2006-09) and served as director of orchestras at Northern Illinois University (2005-07).  Mr. Mitchell has also served as music director of nearly a dozen opera productions, principally as music director at the Moores Opera Center in Houston (2010-13).

A native of Seattle, Brett Mitchell holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also music director of the University Orchestra.  He earned a bachelor of music degree in composition from Western Washington University.  Mr. Mitchell also participated in the National Conducting Institute in Washington D.C., and has studied with Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur.


Three-concert subscriptions to the Youth Orchestra’s 2015-16 Severance Hall season are currently available for $30 per seat, or $60 for a box seat. Beginning October 1, 2015, individual tickets are available for $15 per seat or $25 for a box seat. For more information or to order tickets, call the Cleveland Orchestra Subscription Office at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com.  

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is part of a broad array of Cleveland Orchestra educational programs designed to foster a love of music and a lifetime of participation in the musical arts and to nurture aspiring young musicians.  Other programs include the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, and Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus, the Musical Rainbow concert series for children ages 3 to 6, Family Concerts for ages 7 and up, Education Concerts for schoolchildren, Learning Through Music classroom programs, the High School Morning Concert, and Concert Previews and Music Study Groups for adults.  For more information, call the Orchestra’s Department of Education and Community Programs at (216) 231-7355.

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.


Program information
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA
2015-16 Severance Hall Season

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 Foundationand by gifts from many other donors from across Northeast Ohio. Endowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation.


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 Foundationand by gifts from many other donors from across Northeast Ohio. Endowment support is provided by The George Gund FoundationThe Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is supported by the Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation.


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 Ohio.  Endowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation.


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