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Program is announced for Cleveland Orchestra Miami 10th Anniversary Season Gala

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

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Cellist Moser excels in Shostakovich concerto with Cleveland Orchestra

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

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Cleveland Orchestra Miami warming up for special 10th anniversary season (preview)

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

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Cleveland Orchestra Opens Season Spectacularly

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

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Cleveland Orchestra Miami announces Gala concert featuring Renee Fleming

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and Soprano Renée Fleming perform at Cleveland Orchestra Miami 10th anniversary Gala evening Saturday, January 23 Gala Chairs are Susan and Jeffrey Feldman, with Honorary Chairs Florence and Sheldon Anderson, Hector Fortun, Jan Lewis, and Sue Miller Gala and concert tickets are on sale now CLEVELAND – Cleveland Orchestra Miami announces the tenth anniversary Gala event on Saturday, January 23, 2016. As Cleveland Orchestra Miami celebrates ten seasons as a vital part of the Miami culture, this spectacular first Annual Gala celebration is a tribute to the ongoing partnership between The Cleveland Orchestra and the Miami … Continue reading

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Cleveland Orchestra Miami begins 10th Season in November 2015

Cleveland Orchestra Miami begins its tenth anniversary season in November 2015 with the first of four weeks of performances by the ensemble that The New York Times has called “. . . the best orchestra in America.” The Cleveland Orchestra’s concerts take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, the Orchestra’s home away from home for its unprecedented, ongoing Miami residency. The 2015-16 season, sponsored by White & Case, includes concerts in November, January, and March. Cleveland Orchestra Miami was launched in January 2007 during the Arsht Center’s inaugural 2006-07 season. Under the auspices … Continue reading

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Cleveland Orchestra Musicians Visit Miami Community Center

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

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South Florida Classical Review: Critic’s Choice

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

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Cleveland Orchestra in prime form with Beethoven and Shostakovich

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

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Cleveland Orchestra rounds out ‘Fate and Freedom’ weekend in Miami with talks, chamber concerts

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

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