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Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra's 2016-17 season is announced

Premier Northeast Ohio youth ensemble's season features three concerts at Severance Hall

Release Date:  June 1, 2016

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO) and its Music Director, Brett Mitchell, have announced details of their 2016-17 season.  The Youth Orchestra, under Mr. Mitchell’s direction, will perform a three-concert series in Severance Hall on November 18, February 19 (with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus); and May 12.  In addition to the performances 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 begins one hour prior to each Severance Hall concert.  The November 18 and May 12 Prelude Concerts will take place in Reinberger Chamber Hall and the February 19 Prelude Concert (including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Chamber Ensemble) will be performed in the Concert Hall.

On the occasion of the conclusion of the 2015-16 Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra season at their concert on May 8, 2016, Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst said, “I think the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is a jewel in the cultural life of the extraordinary Cleveland community.  Bravo to everyone onstage – really tremendous, wonderful."

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s 2016-17 Severance Hall season begins on Friday, November 18, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. with a program featuring Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 and the world premiere of Roger Briggs’s Fountain of Youth, commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.

The Youth Orchestra’s second Severance Hall concert of the season takes place on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.  The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus joins the Youth Orchestra in a performance of Poulenc’s Gloria, and the women of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus take part in Debussy’s Nocturnes.  The program opens with Mason Bates’s Sea-Blue Circuitry

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s third and final concert of its 2016-17 Severance Hall season will be on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.  The program includes Joan Tower’s Made in America and a work, to be announced at a later date, spotlighting the winner of the 2017 Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition.  Completing the program is Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.

“The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra's 2016-17 season features a number of extraordinary milestones as we enter our fourth decade,” said Music Director Brett Mitchell.  “Chief among these are our first-ever performances of symphonies by two titans of classical music:  Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.  I’m also very excited to present the world premiere of a brand-new work written by my former composition teacher, Roger Briggs, as well as our annual collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus on both Poulenc’s Gloria and Debussy’s Nocturnes.  It’s going to be a landmark season for us at COYO, and I can’t wait for our audiences to hear these one hundred extraordinary young musicians in action!”

As part of an ongoing partnership with ideastream® to provide greater access to music and culture, WCLV Classical 104.9 FM will present a live broadcast on-air and online, of each of the three Youth Orchestra concerts in Severance Hall during the 2016-17 season.

The Cleveland Orchestra's "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 beginning October 3, 2016.  Under 18s Free is a program for young people, 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.

For more information or to order the three-concert package, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com.

   
BRETT MITCHELL

The 2016-17 season marks Brett Mitchell’s fourth year as a member of The Cleveland Orchestra’s conducting staff and as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.  As associate conductor, he holds the Elizabeth Ring and William Gwinn Mather Endowed Conductor Chair.  Mr. Mitchell serves as cover conductor for Severance Hall and Blossom Music Festival concerts, and provides assistance to music director Franz Welser-Möst, as well as leading many education and community performances throughout the year.  In June 2015, he led the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in the ensemble’s second international tour, to China.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Mitchell leads performances throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, with recent and upcoming appearances including the orchestras of Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Oregon, Rochester, Saint Paul, and Washington D.C., and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, among others.  He has also acted as musical assistant and cover conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. 

Prior to his appointment in Cleveland, Mr. Mitchell served as assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony (2007-11), and was an assistant conductor to Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France (2006-09).

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.

   
Subscription and Ticket Information

Three-concert subscriptions to the Youth Orchestra’s 2016-17 Severance Hall season will go on sale in August for $30 per seat, or $60 for a box seat.  One Under 18s Free subscription is available with each adult subscription purchased (box seat subscriptions are not available in the Under 18s Free program).  Beginning October 3, 2016, individual performance tickets will be available for $15 per seat or $25 for a box seat.  

For more information or to order tickets, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com

Please note that Severance Restaurant will be open for all Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra concerts; reservations are required.  Call 216-231-7373 for reservations, or reserve online through clevelandorchestra.com.

   
About the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

Founded in 1986 by Jahja Ling (then resident conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra), 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 series for children ages 3 to 6, the PNC Grow Up Great "Musical Neighborhoods" program in Cleveland preschool classrooms, Cleveland Orchestra Family Concerts for ages 7 and up, Education Concerts for schoolchildren, Learning Through Music classroom programs, and Concert Previews and Music Study Groups for adults.  For more information, call the Orchestra’s Education and Community Programs Department 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 Ohio.  Endowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation.  For more information, please visit clevelandorchestra.com/youth-orchestra.

   
About the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus (Lisa Wong, director) will celebrate a landmark occasion as the chorus embarks on its 25th anniversary season in 2016-17.  The Youth Chorus helps raise awareness of choral music-making in the schools of Northeast Ohio and encourages students to continue their choral activities through college and into adulthood.  The Youth Chorus regularly collaborates with outstanding musical ensembles, and their 2016-17 season will include several concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.  The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is supported by the Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation.  For more information, please visit clevelandorchestra.com/youth-chorus.

 

(The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra's 2016-17 Severance Hall season calendar follows.)

    


CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA
2016-17 Severance Hall Season

CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Friday, NOVEMBER 18, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

BRIGGS - Fountain of Youth [WORLD PREMIERE, commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra]
BRUCKNER - Symphony No. 4

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

 


CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA|
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH CHORUS
Sunday, FEBRUARY 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
Lisa Wong, director

BATES - Sea-Blue Circuitry
DEBUSSY - Nocturnes
POULENC - Gloria

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.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus helps raise awareness of choral music-making in the schools of Northeastern Ohio and encourages students to continue their choral activities through college and into adulthood.

Prelude Concert at 6 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 Foundation.  The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is supported by the Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation.

 


CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA|
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

Program includes:
TOWER - Made in America
PROKOFIEV - Symphony No. 5

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

 


 

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