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Cleveland Orchestra announces its 2015-2016 Season

by Daniel Hathaway

TCO&COCCleveland, March 1, 2015 — Under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra will begin its 98th season on September 24 with the first of three of Richard Strauss’s large tone poems, An Alpine Symphony. Also sprach Zarathrustra and Ein Heldenleben will follow later in the year.

Welser-Möst is also scheduled to conduct performances of such larger works as Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and The Miraculous Mandarin, and excerpts from Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung and Tristan und Isolde.

Distinguished guest conductors returning to the Severance Hall podium will include music director laureate Christoph von Dohnányi, Herbert Blomstedt, Lionel Bringuier, Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Jurowski and Antonio Pappano. Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Antoni Wit will lead the orchestra for the first time. [Read More…]

Cavani Quartet celebrates 30th Anniversary (the second in a series of articles)

by Mike Telin

Cavani-Quartet-2015The Cavani Quartet, Annie Fullard and Mari Sato, violins, Kirsten Docter, viola and Merry Peckham, cello, will celebrate thirty years as a quartet in a free concert on Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 pm in CIM’s Kulas Hall. They will be joined by guest artists Donald Weilerstein, viola and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano. The program includes Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 9 in E-flat, op. 117 and Piano Quintet in g, op. 57 as well as Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat, op. 87.

When you walk into their studio, home of the Cavani’s Intensive Quartet Seminar program at CIM, you immediately understand why they have been a source of inspiration to so many young musicians. [Read More…]

Cavani Quartet celebrates 30th Anniversary (the first in a series of articles)

by Mike Telin

CavaniQuartetCelebrating your thirtieth anniversary is a big moment — especially if you’re a string quartet. Formed three decades ago in Columbus, Ohio, the Cavani Quartet is also celebrating its twenty-sixth year as Quartet-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music. What began in 1988 as a one-year residency with the support of a grant from Chamber Music America has turned into a long-term relationship. During that quarter-century, the Cavani have established themselves as one of the most successful community residencies in the country.

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Baldwin Wallace’s Spring Opera to open this Thursday evening

by Daniel Hathaway

Smith-Benjamin-WayneThis weekend when Baldwin Wallace presents its Spring Opera, two casts of students will be singing in a work written by a composer younger than themselves. Wolfgang Amadè Mozart finished La finta giardiniera in Munich in 1775 at the age of 18 and saw it performed in January of that year.

“It’s a crazy story, a funny piece with something for everyone — mad scenes, lust, joy, sorrow,” stage director Benjamin Wayne Smith said when I spoke to him recently in his studio. [Read More…]

Quire Cleveland to explore the Song of Songs in two concerts with guest conductor David Fallis

by Daniel Hathaway

FALLIS-David“Rise up, my love, my fair one, my dove, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.”

Those are welcome sentiments as we Northeast Ohioans continue to slide across the ice, slog through the drifts and wade through muddy puddles, but where do they come from? They’re words from the Biblical Song of Songs as set by the Vatican composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina in the late 16th century. [Read More…]

BlueWater Chamber Orchestra: a conversation with guest conductor Raphael Jiménez

by Mike Telin

JIMENEZ-R“I chose the pieces on this program because they belong to a part of the repertoire that was written more for the purpose of entertaining,” conductor Raphael Jiménez said of his upcoming BlueWater Chamber Orchestra program. “I did that on purpose — it’s the middle of winter, and what better way to spend a wintery night than listening to beautiful music.” [Read More…]

Oberlin Artist Recital Series presents Bang on a Can All-Stars: a conversation with composer David Lang

by Mike Telin

BangOnACanAllStarsSince playing their first marathon concert on Mother’s Day of 1987 in a SoHo art gallery, Bang on a Can founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe have gone on to create a multi-faceted performing arts organization with a broad range of year-round international activities. One of those activities is the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Formed in 1992, the All-Stars present dynamic performances of music that inventively crosses the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music.

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Renga Ensemble to debut at the Bop Stop on March 1

by Mike Telin

Renga_TheRoomIs_CoverIt’s a banner week for Chicago-based clarinetist and composer James Falzone. Today marks the release of his Renga Ensemble’s debut recording The Room Is on the Allos Documents label. Tomorrow the group will embark on a nine-city tour promoting the album. Then, on Sunday, March 1 at 7:00 in the Bop Stop, Falzone and his Renga Ensemble colleagues Ken Vandermark, Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Ben Goldberg, and Ned Rothenberg, playing an assortment of clarinets and saxophones, will present a concert featuring music from the new recording along with improvised works. [Read More…]