Cleveland Orchestra to begin residency at New York’s Lincoln Center in 2011

Posted on: September 23, 2009

“The Cleveland Orchestra will establish a colony in New York,” reports Daniel J. Wakin in Wednesday’s (9/23) New York Times. “Having already sunk residency roots in Miami and Vienna, the Clevelanders plan an every-other-year presence at the Lincoln Center Festival, officials from the orchestra and the festival said on Tuesday. The first visit is to take place in the summer of 2011 and will include four concerts, each pairing music by John Adams with a symphony by Bruckner, who is a specialty of the orchestra’s music director, Franz Welser-Möst. The next visits will be in 2013 and 2015. They are likely to include productions from the Vienna State Opera—where the Austrian-born Mr. Welser-Möst becomes music director next season—with the Cleveland Orchestra in the pit. Ballet performances are also a possibility. The arrangement furthers two goals: beefing up the festival’s classical music offerings, which have grown anemic in recent years, and broadening the Cleveland Orchestra’s audience exposure and access to donors. … The concerts at the Lincoln Center Festival are to take place at Avery Fisher Hall, where the Cleveland Orchestra has not played since 1991, according to the Lincoln Center press office. Opera performances will play at the David H. Koch Theater, home of New York City Opera and New York City Ballet.”

Posted September 23, 2009