Cleveland Orchestra to celebrate 100 years with operas, new music, digital archive

Posted on: March 20, 2017

“For years, music lovers have waited for this day, the unveiling of the Cleveland Orchestra’s 100th anniversary season,” reads an unsigned article in Friday’s (3/17) Plain Dealer (Ohio). “At a public meeting Friday night at Severance Hall, music director Franz Welser-Möst and others revealed their plans for the Cleveland Orchestra’s 2017-18 season…. Welser-Möst and the orchestra will stage … Wagner’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’ … and Janacek’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixen.’ … There’ll also be … all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies and several of his overtures…. Welser-Möst [will] play a larger-than-usual role in the orchestra’s community outreach efforts. In addition to an education concert with the Cleveland School of the Arts in September, the music director also will conduct the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert and the 2018 ‘Star-Spangled Spectacular.’ … Featured next year will be works by [contemporary composers] … Johannes Maria Staud and Julian Anderson, as well as concertos by Salvatore Sciarrino and Stephen Paulus…. In keeping with the centennial spirit, the orchestra plans to open the doors to its digital archives through … online initiatives.” Details of a European tour in October and a Vienna/Japan tour in spring 2018 will be announced later.

Posted March 20, 2017

Photo of Franz Welser-Möst leading the Cleveland Orchestra by Roger Mastroianni