The Ecstasy of Tristan and Isolde

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In a special two-week series of concerts revolving around performances of Wagner's ultra-Romantic opera Tristan and Isolde, Franz Welser-Möst explores the depths and wonder of ecstasy - in a journey toward transcendence and understanding, through music, art, and belief. 

Franz Welser-Möst talks about Tristan and Isolde, and about finding meaning beyond everyday experience in an exclusive interview. Read part on of the Q&A with Franz here, and extended Q&A here.


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Tristan and Isolde

April 21 - Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
April 26 - Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
April 29 - Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Gerhard Siegel, tenor (Tristan)
Nina Stemme, soprano (Isolde)
Okka von der Damerau, mezzo-soprano (Brangaene)
Ain Anger, bass (King Marke)
Alan Held, bass-baritone (Kurwenal)
Sean Michael Plumb, baritone (Melot)
Matthew Plenk, tenor (Young Sailor/Shepherd)
Men of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

At a Glance
WAGNER - Tristan and Isolde
(opera in concert)

Sung in German with projected English supertitles.

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Free Concert Previews

April 17 – 10 a.m. Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library
April 17 – 1:15 p.m. Beachwood Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
April 18 – 1:15 p.m. Fairview Park Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
April 19 – 1:15 p.m. Orange Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library 

Learn about the history of Tristan and Isolde, discuss the life of Richard Wagner, and be guided through musical listening examples with Dr. Rose Breckenridge.

Offered as part of The Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Group program.

Call (216) 231-7355 or email education@clevelandorchestra.com to reserve your spot today!


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April 25 - Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Cynthia Millar, ondes martenot

At a Glance
MESSIAEN - Turangalîla-Symphonie
   (for piano, ondes martenot, and orchestra)

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April 28 - Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Lisa Wong, conductor
Iestyn Davies, countertenor
Paul Jacobs, organ
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

An evening of works exploring musical, religious, and mystical ecstasy, and their interrelationship with human meditation, transcendence, and understanding.

At a Glance
GABRIELI - Canzon per Sonar Septimi Toni no. 2
GABRIELI - Canzon per Sonar in Echo Duodecimi
PÄRT - Magnificat
GABRIELI - O Magnum Mysterium
KERNIS - "I Cannot Dance, O Lord"
   from Ecstatic Meditations
GABRIELI - Canzon francese 3
GABRIELI - Omnes gentes plaudite manibus
BACH - Cantata No. 170 (“Delightful Rest, Beloved Pleasure of the Soul”)
LISZT - Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam” (for solo organ)

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Special Film Presentation

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April 22 - Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Cinematheque at The Cleveland Institute of Art

At a Glance
Winner of the European Film Award for best film of 2011, Lars von Trier’s apocalyptic fantasy is a visually stunning drama that memorably employs music from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde – and explores similar themes of love and death. Featuring an all-star cast: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, and more.

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