June 2, 2015

By: Neil Connors Cleveland Orchestra violinist Eliesha Nelson, seated, works with a violin student Tuesday at the Barnyard center in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami (Zachary Lewis/The Plain Dealer) It isn’t exactly uncommon for an orchestra to help out in its community, but Cleveland Orchestra of local 4 (Cleveland, OH) goes the extra mile — or a thousand. On a trip to Florida to perform at Miami’s Arsht Center Cleveland Orchestra has developed a habit of visiting Barnyard, a nonprofit after-school center in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. The tradition remained intact as two musicians visited the program to share … Continue reading

March 4, 2015

By David Fleshler A single work will be on the program of the Cleveland Orchestra’s concerts Friday and Saturday at the Arsht Center in Miami: Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. Once known as the “Tragic,” this 80-minute work, with its spine-chilling ending, is heard less frequently than most of the composer’s other symphonies. But with its hard-driving marches, swirling drama, bits of folk music, long grave slow movement and vivid—at times scary—instrumental effects, it calls for a virtuoso orchestra to do it justice. And that’s what will be on stage at the Arsht Center, led by music director Franz Welser-Möst. This … Continue reading

March 1, 2015

By Lawrence Budmen Franz Welser-Möst conducted the Cleveland Orchestra Saturday night at the Arsht Center. “Fate and Freedom” was the thematic thread for pairing symphonies of Beethoven and Shostakovich at this weekend’s concerts in Miami by the Cleveland Orchestra. Beethoven’s 19th-century ideals and Shostakovich’s battles with the Soviet cultural bureaucracy for artistic freedom certainly influenced their musical output. Even without historical, social and political connotations, Saturday night’s performances at the Arsht Center of the most popular of all symphonies and a 20th-century classic found the Clevelanders in prime form under music director Franz Welser-Möst. While Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 is … Continue reading

February 27, 2015

By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer Cleveland Orchestra Pre-concert Talk in Miami. Juan Carlos Espinosa, a professor at Florida International University, reads a quote from Shostakovich during a pre-concert talk in a bookstore at the Arsht Center in Miami, where the Cleveland Orchestra appeared Friday. Watch video here: http://bit.ly/1AmFTdM MIAMI, Fla. – Cleveland Orchestra patrons here are getting quite a bit more than usual for their money this weekend. Beyond admission, they’re also gaining musical insight. Much as listeners at Severance Hall are accustomed to attending pre-concert lectures, so are patrons of the orchestra’s second week in South Florida this … Continue reading

February 24, 2015

By Jordan Levin Robert Battle, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, joined President & CEO John Richard of The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on Tuesday February 24, 2015 as they unveiled 10@10, a series of 10 commissions that will be presented during the Center’s 10th anniversary season. The series will include a new dance by Battle for the Ailey troupe, Miami’s performing arts center took so long to launch that for a while proponents took to wearing buttons saying “In My Lifetime.” That long gestation — which lasted three decades — makes the … Continue reading