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Cleveland Orchestra Musicians Visit Miami Community Center

Cleveland Orchestra Musicians Visit Miami Community Center March 4, 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 … Continue reading

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South Florida Classical Review: Critic’s Choice

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 … Continue reading

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Cleveland Orchestra in prime form with Beethoven and Shostakovich

Cleveland Orchestra in prime form with Beethoven and Shostakovich 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 … Continue reading

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

Cleveland Orchestra rounds out ‘Fate and Freedom’ weekend in Miami with talks, chamber concerts 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 By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer 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 … Continue reading

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Arsht center announces new works for 10th anniversary season

Arsht center announces new works for 10th anniversary season 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 … Continue reading

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Sketch of Spain

Miloš Karadaglić is not the first classical music rock star, but he’s the rock star of the moment. Milos — he goes by that name alone — is young, handsome and a guitar hero. Not loud, though; on the contrary, he claims his interpretation of Joaquín Rodrigo‘s Concierto de Aranjuez, which he will play with the Cleveland Orchestra on its Miami season premiere November 14 and 15, emphasizes a softness he learned from Miles Davis‘ dictum that “the softer you play it, the stronger it gets.” Rodrigo’s piece is a recording and concert warhorse, and its second movement has been interpreted over and over … Continue reading

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A New Season

Much to be said about each concert, but let me post my 2-cents worth of preview. We expect a concert of chestnuts to open The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami Residency and this season is no exception. However, if there’s one chestnut I never get tired or hearing it’s Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, no matter that it’s been performed and reinterpreted ad nauseam. No nausea for me, just the vertigo of overwhelming Spanish romanticism, to which conductor Giancarlo Guerrero would seem perfectly suited. The Beethoven/Shostakovitch pairing that follows in the next two concerts is bracing: how politics and ideology intersect with classical composition. It’s … Continue reading

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No Miami, No Cry: Hoops and Orchestra

An NPR piece Monday on Lebron James was themed “A Tale of Two Cities”, adding to the growing commentary on the Miami Heat superstar going back to his home roots with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Much was made of the grief felt by fans in Cleveland when he left for South Florida and the compensatory grief felt now among Heat fans. The story tried to get some juice from the fact that Julia Tuttle, the “Mother of Miami” hailed from Cleveland. They could have gotten some more interesting juice not far from where Lebron made his mark with the Heat. When I … Continue reading

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Over and Out (to Jupiter and Beyond)

The Cleveland Orchestra season closed with bravura. One doesn’t think of Mozart as mellow, but, in truth, the Overture from The Abduction from the Seraglio that opened the concert was but an amuse-gueule, given what followed.     Jennifer Higdon‘s Percussion Concerto, written for Colin Currie, who performed it, is nothing but dazzling. After his performance, I asked Currie if he was into Afro-Cuban percussion, and he said there was some of it in the piece, though, of course, it was a very deep subject. It had occurred to me that the Cuban-Americans in the audience might have been stirred by … Continue reading

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The Delights of Stravinsky’s Ghost

The ghost of Igor Stravinsky hovered, in a friendly way, over MOCA, the North Miami art museum, Thursday evening as The Cleveland Orchestra and the Frost School of Music presented an evening of chamber ensembles. The works included two works by Frost composition students, and before the second presentation, Apollonian Echo, composer Peter Learn, who was introduced by Frost School professor Lansing McLoskey, told the audience that by coincidence he and the other Frost composer of the evening, Richard Yates, had written works that quoted Stravinsky. Learn said it had to do with 2013 marking the centennial of the (raucous) premiere of … Continue reading

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