Cleveland Orchestra 2015-16 season: Janáček, Messiaen, Mahler, more

Posted on: March 2, 2015

“Champions of the new. Lovers of the old. Scholars. Fans of the human voice and advocates of strings and piano. All have reason to be pleased by the Cleveland Orchestra’s 2015-16 Severance Hall season,” writes Zachary Lewis in Sunday’s (3/1) Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). Music Director Franz Welser-Möst’s “slate next year includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Strauss’ ‘Alpine Symphony,’ Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6, and a concert presentation of Bartok’s ‘Bluebeard’s Castle.’ He’ll also conduct several rarities…. Conspicuous among these are Messiaen’s ‘Couleurs de la Cité Celeste,’ with principal keyboardist Joela Jones, and Janáček’s Suite from ‘The House of the Dead.’ Next season also will contain more than the usual quantity of contemporary music, including new works by Bernard Rands, Marc-André Dalbavie, Hans Abrahamsen, and the orchestra’s new Young Composer Fellow, Anthony Cheung. Richard Sortomme also will pen a concerto for two violas, on behalf of principal violist Robert Vernon, who today announced plans to retire next year…. In the fall, the orchestra will embark on a European tour.… In early 2016, the orchestra will follow up its appearance this summer on New York’s Lincoln Center Festival with two concerts at Carnegie Hall.”

Posted March 2, 2015

Pictured: Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leads the Cleveland Orchestra