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Music Director Franz Welser-Möst recalls the automobile accident that would forever change his course, sparking a lifelong affinity for Franz Schubert in the process.
Where Words Fail, Music Speaks
Director of Choruses Lisa Wong reflects on the healing power of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls after 9/11 and the human voice as medicine for the soul.
Principal Percussionist Marc Damoulakis talks about feeling the rhythm from an early age and what it means to keep time for The Cleveland Orchestra.
Pianist and Violinist Carolyn Gadiel Warner reflects on falling in love—with her husband of 40 years, Bruckner symphonies and her profession.
From music conductors to visiting artists to her own family ties, board member Clara Rankin thinks back on the people and performances that define The Cleveland Orchestra. Interview conducted by André Gremillet, President & CEO of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Color and Character
Bassoonist Jonathan Sherwin discusses the existential meaning behind Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony - Resurrection; “Why am I here, what am I doing, and what gives my life meaning…”
Tour de Franz
Cellist Paul Kushious reflects on the works of Richard Strauss as he traces the composer’s path on an unforgettable and perfectly planned trip from Austria to Switzerland.
Change of Seasons, Part 1: The Scramble
In January 2018, The Cleveland Orchestra planned to perform Haydn’s choral masterpiece The Seasons. One soloist fell ill. Then another. What resulted is one of the most unusual and memorable performances in Cleveland Orchestra history.
Change of Seasons, Part 2: The Golda Touch
After several artist cancellations irrevocably altered plans to perform Haydn’s The Seasons, soprano Golda Schultz was the last soloist standing. Not only did the show go on, it became a defining moment.
Revered pianist Mitsuko Uchida reminisces with fondness on the familial nature of her decades-long relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra.
Classic Stewart Copeland
Rock and drum icon Stewart Copeland talks early influences and recent compositions — including Police Deranged, an orchestral survey of Copeland’s career and his many years with The Police.
The Sound of Crisis
Music Director Franz Welser-Möst recalls his conflicting emotions conducting The Cleveland Orchestra one last time before the Coronavirus pandemic silenced Severance.
The Lasting Luster of Vinyl
French Horn Player Richard King shares his earliest memories of hearing Beethoven’s "Eroica" on the family phonograph and how the disc ended up shaping his destiny.
A Romance With Rosenkavalier
Violinist Katherine Bormann contemplates whether you can be in a long-term relationship with a composition and talks about why she’ll stick with Strauss's Rosenkavalier Suite until the end.
At age 21, in his second week with The Cleveland Orchestra, Principal Horn Nathaniel Silberschlag played Mahler’s 5th for a packed house, exceeding expectations. Even his own.
Cellist Martha Baldwin talks about the restorative power of Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto after a difficult diagnosis.
The Boy with the Dragonfly Tattoo
Principal Flute Joshua Smith explains how performing Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen left a lasting mark and why the dragonfly just may be his favorite insect.
The Courage of Our Convictions
Viola Player Eliesha Nelson finds strength in Anton Bruckner’s strongly-held belief that good conquers all—at a time when uncertainty troubles many.
A Musician's Journey Part 1: Emilio Llinás
Long-tenured violinist Emilio Llinás reflects on his journey from Cuba to Cleveland and shares a perspective shaped by his 52 seasons.
A Musician's Journey Part 2: Jessica Sindell
Flutist and hometown girl Jessica Sindell reflects on her time with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, landing her dream job and the relentless pursuit of imperfection.
Clarinetist Robert Woolfrey talks about finding peace in Brahms’s German Requiem and its power to connect the past with the present.
Remembering Pierre Boulez
Principal Trumpet Michael Sachs reflects on his relationship with one of the most influential figures in modern classical music—and the lasting legacy of Boulez in Cleveland.
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