January 15, 2016

Movies often portray classical concert audiences as stuffily attired in black tie and formal gowns, an image that rarely reflects attendance at an actual performance. Yet for blocks of seats Saturday night at the Arsht Center, the glamorous image was reality. The event was the Cleveland Orchestra’s 10th Year Anniversary Gala, conducted by music director Franz Welser-Möst, to celebrate a decade of visits to Miami to give South Florida audiences the chance to hear one of the greatest orchestras in the world. The star for the evening was the renowned soprano Renée Fleming, who sang a series of arias, with … Continue reading

December 15, 2015

Soprano Renée Fleming is soloist in music by Cilea, Puccini, Tosti, and Verdi; program also includes additional works by Mozart, Ravel, and Verdi Gala and concert tickets are on sale now CLEVELAND – Cleveland Orchestra Miami announces the complete program for its tenth anniversary season Gala event on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Soprano Renée Fleming will appear as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst in selections from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Puccini’s La Bohème, and Verdi’s Otello, as well as Tosti’s song Aprile. In addition, The Cleveland Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Ravel, and Verdi. … Continue reading

The Cleveland Orchestra opened the 10th anniversary of its Miami residency Friday night at the Arsht Center with a program featuring two glittering orchestral showpieces. But it was soloist Johannes Moser who took the evening’s musical honors with a probing reading of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. Moser has offered impressive performances of scores by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky in previous South Florida appearances. His bracing version of Shostakovich’s 1959 work, however, was music making of an even higher order. Originally conceived as a vehicle for Mstislav Rostropovich, this enigmatic score veers between Russian fireworks and darker rumblings. Many cellists play … Continue reading

CLEVELAND, Ohio — South Florida can be a fickle place, a region partial to the new. When it comes to the Cleveland Orchestra, however, the Magic City has proven remarkably faithful. On the eve of its 10th anniversary season in Miami, the orchestra is preparing to celebrate a successful project that just as easily could have failed or lost steam long ago, a still-vibrant venture in which an area known for its flash might have been predicted to lose interest. “The excitement didn’t go away,” said Montserrat Balseiro, managing director of the orchestra’s Florida operation, now known as Cleveland Orchestra … Continue reading

Few times does a season open with a program as attractive as the Cleveland Orchestra’s at the Arsht Center with principal guest conductor and Nicaraguan native Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero. Although distant in space and time, Carlos Chavez’s “Sinfonia India,” Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, and Saint-Saen’s Symphony No. 3 (“Organ Symphony”) share a common brilliance and display a wide range of special sounds. Chavez’s opus successfully explores indigenous instruments of Mexico and native rhythms, overlapping them with 20th century harmonic interplay. A lucid “appetizer” that certainly whets spectators’ appetites for the “main course.” Shostakovich’s concerto is one of his most … Continue reading