Cleveland Orchestra launches weekly “On a Personal Note” podcasts

Posted on: April 20, 2020

“There are no symphonies floating through Severance Hall right now, but the Cleveland Orchestra is still making its music—and its stories—heard during the pandemic,” writes Anne Nickoloff in Sunday’s (4/19) Plain Dealer (OH). “The orchestra has started a weekly podcast series called ‘On a Personal Note.’ The 10-episode series will provide personal stories from individual members of the orchestra, along with classical selections performed by the Cleveland Orchestra. It’s available to stream at clevelandorchestra.com/podcast…. ‘On a Personal Note’ launched Thursday…. The first two episodes feature French horn player Richard King discussing his roots and early music-listening habits, and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst painting a picture of what it was like to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra’s final show before the coronavirus shutdown started … ‘a very surreal experience for us … knowing it was a farewell of sorts,’ said Welser-Möst…. In coming weeks, ‘On a Personal Note’ will feature Cleveland Orchestra violinist Katherine Bormann, principal horn player Nathaniel Silberschlag, cellist Martha Baldwin, principal trumpet player Michael Sachs, and more. The podcast builds on other @Home [online] offerings from the Cleveland Orchestra, which includes archived performances, living room shows and online music education resources.”