by Mike Telin
At 7:30 pm with a program titled “New Beginnings,” Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra will return in full force to Severance Music Center for the first time since March 2020. The evening will include Richard Strauss’ Macbeth, Joan Tower’s A New Day (for cello and orchestra) with Alisa Weilerstein, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets are available online. Click here for COVID-19 protocols.
This week’s concerts will mark the final performances by Joela Jones (hands pictured above) as the Orchestra’s principal keyboard. Jones, whose tenure has spanned 54 seasons, will be presented tonight with the Orchestra’s 25th Distinguished Service Award. Click here to read an interview with Jones and here for an interview with Alisa Weilerstein.
At 8:00 pm – BW Opera presents the fourth and final performance of Handel’s Alcina directed by Scott Skiba. The outdoor performance will be held on the steps of the Boesel Musical Arts Center at Baldwin Wallace University, 49 Seminary St. in Berea. Food trucks will be available. Free general admission for the lawn and street (bring your own chairs or blankets, first come, first served), and 50 reserved seats are available at $25 (click here).
IN THE NEWS:
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced on Wednesday that it had chosen Nathalie Stutzmann, a conductor and singer from France, as its next music director. Stutzmann, 56, will be only the second woman in history to lead a top-tier American orchestra when she takes the podium in Atlanta next year. Read the New York Times article here.
Today marks the passing of American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, who died on this date in 1990 of a heart attack in his New York apartment at The Dakota. He was 72 years old.
Unfortunately for Northeast Ohio audiences, his sole appearance with The Cleveland Orchestra was a 1970 performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony at Blossom.
In our August 25, 2020 Diary, Daniel Hathaway honored Bernstein’s birth by going behind the scenes for a look at “Lenny” in rehearsal — a process even more revealing than a resulting performance.
Hathaway wrote: “I had the honor of studying with Bernstein in the conducting class at Tanglewood in the early ‘70s, and of singing in Mahler 2 with the Harvard-Radcliffe Choruses and the Boston Symphony on a radiant summer afternoon during that time.” Click here to watch Bernstein rehearse Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring during the 1987 International Conductor’s Competition and Master Course at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany. And in a separate clip, he takes the triangle players in Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette aside for a brief tutorial.”
September 8 marked the 50th anniversary of the world premiere of Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers commissioned for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capital in 1971. Click here to read more about the work.
Click here to watch Bernstein lead the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in his Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story.”