Cleveland Orchestra 2022-23: classics and new works, Puccini’s “Fanciulla,” Young Composer Fellow Allison Loggins-Hull

Posted on: April 11, 2022

“The Cleveland Orchestra won’t be spending as much time as usual in its wheelhouse next season, … in favor of new, unusual, and neglected repertoire,” writes Zachary Lewis in Sunday’s (4/10) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “The new season contains plenty of Mozart, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and Schubert, along with hearty doses of Shostakovich, Sibelius, Mahler and Nielsen … but [also] plenty of less familiar, more recent, or totally new music, some of it directly commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra. There are, for instance, concertos by Barber and Britten, an oratorio by John Adams, and two new concertos for percussion instruments. There’s also new or recent work by Unsuk Chin, Karim Al-Zand, Esa Pekka-Salonen, and Allison Loggins-Hull, the orchestra’s new Young Composer Fellow. Diversity in all areas is ‘something that needs to be at the forefront of our minds,’ said Ilya Gidalevich, director of artistic planning. ‘There’s so much wonderful music out there that we haven’t explored.’ … As a finale, [Music Director Franz] Welser-Möst will conduct a concert version of Puccini’s ‘La Fanciulla del West,’ a work … new to Severance Music Center. Several of the programs … have been in the works for some time, awaiting end of the pandemic.”