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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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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 gestation — which lasted three decades — makes the … 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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