Cleveland Orchestra strengthens European ties

Posted on: December 3, 2013

“The Cleveland Orchestra did much more on its 2013 European Tour than make music,” writes Zachary Lewis in Wednesday’s (11/27) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “While the artists played again and again to enthusiastic, sold-out crowds, administrators and supporters explored ways and made plans for the group to spend even more time overseas…. In Vienna, the last city on the tour … the group has maintained a biennial residency at the Musikverein since 2003…. The orchestra’s next visit won’t be in 2015 but rather in 2014…. In the neighboring nation of Slovakia … in the capital city of Bratislava, administrators met … with U.S. and Slovakian government officials hoping to feature the Cleveland Orchestra on a national centennial festival in October 2015…. Beyond its status as a sister-city, Bratislava … counts as an overseas home to such well-known Cleveland businesses as Ernst & Young and the law firm Squire Sanders…. But the freshest, most promising terrain for the Cleveland Orchestra in Europe surely lies in Paris. There, a spectacular new concert hall currently under construction stands not only to host the orchestra in 2015 but also to serve as the headquarters of a potential residency. ‘I would very much like a long-term relationship with Paris,” said [Music Director Franz] Welser-Most.”

Posted December 3, 2013

Pictured: Violinist Christian Teztlaff with the Cleveland Orchestra and music director Franz Welser-Most at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. Photo by Anna Meuer