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Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Music of Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Board of Trustees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Severance Hall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Cleveland Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . 15-21 By the Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Roster of Orchestra Musicians . . . . . 22-23 Centennial Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-27 Orchestra News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33-35 Corporate Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Foundation / Government Support . . . . 53 Getting Involved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55-59 Upcoming Concerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60-61 The Prometheus Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

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The Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 About the Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Conductor: Vinay Parameswaran . . . . . 30


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The Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37-38 Conductor: Brett Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Sing-along Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Cleveland Orchestra Chorus . . . . . . . . . . 43 Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus . 45 Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus . . . . 47 Wooster Chorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Cleveland State University Chorale . . . . 48

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Your Role . . . in The Cleveland Orchestra’s Future Generations of Clevelanders have supported the Orchestra and enjoyed its concerts. Tens of thousands have learned to love music through its education programs, celebrated important events with its music, and shared in its musicmaking — at school, at Severance Hall, at Blossom, downtown at Public Square, on the radio, and with family and friends. As Ohio’s most visible international ambassador, The Cleveland Orchestra proudly carries the name of our great city everywhere we go. Here at home, we are committed to serving all of Northeast Ohio with vital education and community programs, presented alongside wide-ranging musical performances. Ticket sales cover less than half the cost of presenting the Orchestra’s season each year. By making a donation, you can make a crucial difference in helping to ensure our work going forward. To make a gift to The Cleveland Orchestra, please visit us online, or call 216-231-7556.



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Welcome from the Executive Director December 2017 This is a special time of year, as we gather to reflect on the past year amidst the joy of family and friends. All of us in The Cleveland Orchestra family — you here in the audience, supporters near and far, musicians and staff, and the entire community of Northeast Ohio — have a great deal to celebrate and be thankful for. The news of Richard and Emily Smucker’s generous $15 million gift is a recent and shining example (more details of their gift can be found on page 33 of this book). We are deeply fortunate not only to have Richard’s insightful and enthusiastic leadership as board president, but also to have his generous support leading the charge toward a vibrant and successful future as the Orchestra begins its second century. The Cleveland Orchestra has never been stronger. Under Franz Welser-Möst’s artistic leadership, Cleveland’s orchestra is second to none. At home, more people across Northeast Ohio are enjoying more music performed by Cleveland Orchestra musicians than ever before, and we are attracting young audiences at a rate that has caught the attention of every other orchestra in the country. We are proud to have expanded our education and community offerings, to have increased ticket sales, and to have inspired growing donor support over the past decade. Looking to the future. As we commend the achievements of the past and present, we must also continue to look to the future. An orchestra of Cleveland’s caliber, one that serves its hometown community at such a high level and with programs for so many, costs real money. For all the progress made in the past decade, each year presents challenges. The power of music to inspire must be offered to new generations in positive and creative ways. Dreams must become reality through careful and effective planning. The art of music must be balanced with available resources of time and budget. Our ongoing and future success is assured only through creativity, continuing excellence, and the committed support of everyone involved — musicians, donors, students, volunteers, community leaders, ticket buyers, and citizens from across Northeast Ohio. Smucker Second Century Challenge. The extraordinary gift just announced from Richard and Emily Smucker is a strong vote of confidence in this Orchestra’s future — and in the power of this community to ensure ongoing success. Part of their gift is designated to challenging the community to expand and grow its support. Richard and Emily invite everyone who loves the Orchestra — everyone who believes that Cleveland deserves to call the world’s best orchestra its own — to join in their spirit of generosity, and they will double your gift, large or small. Each new or increased gift to the Annual Fund will be matched in full. Your $25 or $100 will unlock the same amount from the Smuckers’ challenge grant. As you give thanks for the blessings in your life, I hope your gratitude for The Cleveland Orchestra will inspire you to join with Richard and Emily Smucker to help ensure the Orchestra’s future. With this year’s holiday season, I am personally grateful to be part of this Orchestra and this proud, devoted, supportive community. Thank you for being a part of the ongoing story of Cleveland’s extraordinary orchestra.

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The Music of Christmas F E W T H I N G S remind us more quickly of the Christmas season than the sound of a favorite carol, song, or phrase of holiday music. Beyond thoughts of the Christmas Story itself, few things are as sure to set us smiling, humming, and looking forward to annual greetings and visits from family and friends. The rituals of baking, shopping, and hanging decorations are amplified with the simple pleasure of listening to some of the beautiful music inspired by this December holiday. While music specifically associated with Christmas can be dated back at least as far as the 13th century, many of today’s favorite Christmas carols and songs were created in the past 300 years. “Adeste Fideles” was written in 1782, “Silent Night” in 1818, and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” in 1849. Many composers have been inspired by the Christmas Story to write great music — from Bach’s Magnificat (1723) and Christmas Oratorio (1734) to Handel’s Messiah (1741), from Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ (“The Childhood of Christ,” 1854) to Johannes Brahms’s arrangement of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (1896), and into the 20th century with such well-known collections as Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols (1942) or the many carol and song arrangements created by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker — and more recent songs for the season by Mel Tormé, John Rutter, Paul McCartney, Vince Gill, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Pentatonix, and others. Throughout the 19th century, a renewed interest in (and commercialization of) Christmas saw the growth of many traditions — including the custom of decorating a Christmas tree (popularized in Great Britain by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert), the manufacturing of many new kinds of seasonal decorations, the writing of many new Christmas stories (including the publication of “The Night writ Before Christmas” in 1823 and Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol in 1843), and Be the widespread adoption of St. Nicholas (soon to be called Santa Claus) as customary parts of the season. Musical offerings also expanded, with the planning of ever-more elaborate and festive presentations to celebrate the season in sound. In America, such inspirational 20th-century choral leaders as Fred Waring and A Robert Shaw helped popularize new songs and new arrangements, while major Rob orchestras, new brass ensembles, and groups like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir orch helped fill the airwaves through special Christmas recordings — and inspired ensembles throughout the country to offer annual holiday concerts. Such performances are today one of the season’s most eagerly awaited traditions, filling concert halls from coast to coast with beloved music and the spirit of Christmas.

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operating The Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall, and Blossom Music Festival O F F I C E R S A ND E XEC UT I VE C O MMIT T E E Richard K. Smucker, President Dennis W. LaBarre, Chairman Richard J. Bogomolny, Chairman Emeritus The Honorable John D. Ong, Vice President Jeanette Grasselli Brown Matthew V. Crawford Alexander M. Cutler David J. Hooker Michael J. Horvitz

Norma Lerner, Honorary Chair Hewitt B. Shaw, Secretary Beth E. Mooney, Treasurer

Douglas A. Kern Virginia M. Lindseth Alex Machaskee Nancy W. McCann John C. Morley

Larry Pollock Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. Audrey Gilbert Ratner Barbara S. Robinson

R E S I D E NT TR U S TE ES Dr. Ronald H. Bell Richard J. Bogomolny Yuval Brisker Jeanette Grasselli Brown Helen Rankin Butler Irad Carmi Paul G. Clark Robert D. Conrad Matthew V. Crawford Alexander M. Cutler Hiroyuki Fujita Robert K. Gudbranson Iris Harvie Jeffrey A. Healy Stephen H. Hoffman David J. Hooker Michael J. Horvitz Marguerite B. Humphrey David P. Hunt Betsy Juliano Jean C. Kalberer

Nancy F. Keithley Christopher M. Kelly Douglas A. Kern John D. Koch Dennis W. LaBarre Norma Lerner Virginia M. Lindseth Alex Machaskee Milton S. Maltz Nancy W. McCann Thomas F. McKee Loretta J. Mester Beth E. Mooney John C. Morley Meg Fulton Mueller Katherine T. O’Neill The Honorable John D. Ong Rich Paul Larry Pollock Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. Clara T. Rankin

Audrey Gilbert Ratner Charles A. Ratner Zoya Reyzis Barbara S. Robinson Paul Rose Steven M. Ross Luci Schey Spring Hewitt B. Shaw Richard K. Smucker James C. Spira R. Thomas Stanton Daniel P. Walsh Thomas A. Waltermire Geraldine B. Warner Jeffery J. Weaver Meredith Smith Weil Jeffrey M. Weiss Norman E. Wells Paul E. Westlake Jr. David A. Wolfort

N O N- R E S I D E NT TR U S T E E S Virginia Nord Barbato (NY) Wolfgang C. Berndt (Austria)

Laurel Blossom (CA) Richard C. Gridley (SC)

Loren W. Hershey (DC) Herbert Kloiber (Germany)

T RU S TE E S E X- O F F I C I O Faye A. Heston, President, Volunteer Council of The Cleveland Orchestra Patricia Sommer, President, Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra Elizabeth McCormick, President, Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra T RU S TE E S E M E R I TI George N. Aronoff S. Lee Kohrman Charlotte R. Kramer Donald W. Morrison Gary A. Oatey Raymond T. Sawyer PA S T PR E S I D E NT S D. Z. Norton 1915-21 John L. Severance 1921-36 Dudley S. Blossom 1936-38 Thomas L. Sidlo 1939-53

Carolyn Dessin, Chair, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus Operating Committee Beverly J. Warren, President, Kent State University Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University

H O N O RARY T RUS T E E S FOR LIFE Dorothy Humel Hovorka Gay Cull Addicott Robert P. Madison Charles P. Bolton Robert F. Meyerson Allen H. Ford James S. Reid, Jr. Robert W. Gillespie

Percy W. Brown 1953-55 Frank E. Taplin, Jr. 1955-57 Frank E. Joseph 1957-68 Alfred M. Rankin 1968-83

Ward Smith 1983-95 Richard J. Bogomolny 1995-2002, 2008-09 James D. Ireland III 2002-08 Dennis W. LaBarre 2009-17

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cclaimed for decades among the world’s top symphonic ensembles, The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its 1OOth year during the 2017-18 season. Such fame and acclaim did not come without a plan. From the very beginning, the private citizens who created this public institution fully intended to foster a great musical ensemble that would carry the exceptional can-do spirit of the city of Cleveland far and wide. Generations have carried through on the hard work required to forge and sustain the Orchestra’s mission to share extraordinary musical experiences, to foster a love of music in students of all ages, and to proudly carry the name of the city it represents. The Early Decades: Creation, Growth, and the Construction of Severance Hall At the time the ensemble was created, in 1918, Cleveland was a rising industrial metropolis heavily involved in the steel industry and rivalling Detroit in car manufacturing. Rich magnates put the money together for the Orchestra’s early seasons, including John L. Severance, an acquaintance of John D. Rockefeller. Unusually for the era, a woman, Adella Prentiss Hughes, was the

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guiding light behind the efforts to create a hometown band — and she worked tirelessly and with great political finesse to launch it on a trajectory toward being “as good as any orchestra in America.” Nikolai Sokoloff, the Orchestra’s first music director (1918-33), is often overlooked in light of his better-known suc-


cessors. He was, however, certainly good enough to pull the group together and guide them forward for more than a decade. Those years saw the start of many education programs that continue today — the Orchestra has introduced more than 4 million young people to classical music across its first century — as well as extensive touring across the United States and to Cuba, and its first concerts at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. Perhaps the biggest push in the early years came from John L. Severance when he donated money toward the ensemble’s permanent home concert hall, named to honor both Severance and his wife when it opened in 1931. Severance Hall was among the very first such buildings designed with radio broadcasting capability in its original schematics and quickly gave the musical ensemble a new sense of permanence, style, and purpose. Artur Rodzinski came next as music director (1933-43), injecting a new level of energy into the Orchestra’s music making. A gifted if mercurial leader, who may (or may not) have had a pistol strapped to him onstage when he conducted, Rodzinski had big ambitions and started out strong. For four seasons in the mid-1930s, the Orchestra’s season featured fully-staged opera productions at Severance Hall, with some of the day’s most-renowned stars, including Lotte Lehmann and Friedrich Schorr. However, the cost of presenting four or five operas each year, in the midst of the Depression, eventually forced their discontinuation. Rodzinski moved forward nevertheless, with recordings alongside new and rediscovered works. Finally, he left CleveThe Cleveland Orchestra

land to pursue his own career in the bigger cities of New York and, later, Chicago. For Erich Leinsdorf, the next music director (1943-46), timing was everything — and World War II largely precluded him from making much impact in Cleveland. Many of the ensemble’s musicians were on leave for military duty, and Leinsdorf himself was away part of the time for military service. Evenso, he made some solid recordings, led a variety of radio broadcasts, and re-affirmed his own bona fides for the high-powered international career he enjoyed in the ensuing decades. The Szell Era: Rise to International Fame George Szell, music director from 1946 until his death in 1970, took a credibly good orchestra and made it great. It’s not that he put The Cleveland Orchestra on the map, for it had been touring around the U.S. for years. It was more that he took the stage and insisted that Cleveland could be — in real fact, would become — as good

as any orchestra anywhere. His legendary standards focused 100 musicians toward a kind of peerless perfection that dazzled many ears. Just as a great restaurant grows its reputation through delivering consistent excellence, Szell was concerned with repeatability. Day in and day out, critics and audiences around the world could more and more count on The Cleveland Orchestra to deliver a great performance, everytime, anywhere. That predictability, coupled with the rise of audiophile home listening equipment (and stereo sound) turned Cleveland into a powerhouse in the recording studio, creating an outstanding catalog across the standard repertoire, many selections from which still hold their own as much as half a century later. The Orchestra’s ambitions also grew along with Szell’s tenure, touring internationally to amaze Europeans unaccustomed to such constant perfection in live performance. A ten-week tour in 1965 included a month in the Soviet Union, which became legendary among Cleveland’s musicians,

Education has long been a fundamental part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s programs each year, including teaching and coaching future musicians — such as these young students in 1929.

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Seven music directors have led the Orchestra, including George Szell, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Franz Welser-Möst.


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staff, and board members for the Orchestra’s unflagging ability to put on a great performance for wildly enthusiastic audiences — even with circumstances of lessthan-optimal hotels, transportation, and backstage facilities. Despite his reputation, the steel-eyed taskmaster Szell was not entirely without emotion and understanding of those around him or of humanity as a collective society. Stories abound of small gestures of sympathy and understanding at fateful moments in the lives of longtime Orchestra musicians. And, having escaped in the 1930s from a Europe-turned-afoul, he was well-tuned to world politics and changing times — and to the need for public statements in times of crisis. Following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, he led the Orchestra in a moving performance of the Funeral March from Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, making a statement of solidarity and caring with the ongoing struggle for human justice. Planning and foresight by the Orchestra’s leadership also brought about increased performance opportunities. In 1968, the opening of the Orchestra’s parklike countryside summer home, Blossom Music Center, ensured the musicians of a year-round employment contract, further bonding them with their hometown audiences (who also lined up by the thousands at Blossom for rock-n-roll concerts by the era’s other big-name musical legends). Forging Ahead: Boulez and Maazel Upon Szell’s death, Pierre Boulez was appointed to an interim position as musical advisor for two seasons (1970-72). Boulez 2017 Holiday Festival

made his professional American debut with the Cleveland ensemble in 1965. His relationship as a friend and influence on the podium in Cleveland eventually extended to nearly half a century. He brought daring programming of new music along with new ideas to clear the accumulated earwax from old ways of listening to classics. His astute musical judgement and his extraordinary laser-like precision on the podium eventually won Cleveland five Grammy Awards. By example and with keen intellect and approach, he effortlessly encouraged the musicians across a widening spectrum of the repertoire. Lorin Maazel, the next music director (1972-82), stirred things up a bit for The Cleveland Orchestra. His high-energy leadership and fascinating programming, along with a compelling (if at times headstrong) conducting style also dared the musicians to make music in new ways. International touring continued, including the Cleveland’s first trips to South America and to Australia and New Zealand — with the Orchestra’s global reach becoming a true reality beyond its well-deserved reputation. The ensemble’s recordings also continued, with Maazel leading large swaths of the repertoire and helping the Orchestra pioneer digital recording. A New Golden Era: Dohnányi and a Restored Severance Hall Christoph von Dohnányi, the sixth music director (1982-2002), brought artistic leadership for a second “Golden Age,” as well as, finally, some critical distinction beyond being “the Orchestra that Szell built.” Dohnányi focused on both precision and

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warmth of sound, while presenting intriguing programming of standard works mixed together with lesser-known repertoire. Touring became an annual part of the Orchestra’s calendar, including regular residencies in Salzburg, performances throughout Europe, and first performances in China. These years also coincided with the final era of growth in commercial recording. The Cleveland Orchestra laid claim to being the “most-recorded orchestra in America” for nearly a decade, turning out album after album annually to wide acclaim and sales. In addition, Dohnányi revived the Orchestra’s operatic traditions, though mostly with in-concert presentations, and devoted his work to further polish and amalgamate the musicians’ gifted artistry and ensemblework. One of the greatest long-term achievements of Dohnányi’s tenure was the renovation and expansion of Severance Hall, which restored what many have called “America’s most beautiful concert hall” to visual interior splendor while simultaneously enhancing its famously clear and intimate acoustics. The work also restored the hall’s original 6,025-pipe concert organ, making it once again usable (from a new location within the hall) for the first time in half a century. Accelerando con moto: Welser-Möst and a New Century Franz Welser-Möst became The Cleveland Orchestra’s seventh music director in the autumn of 2002. His charge has been to carry the ensemble forward


— first into the new millennium and now into the Orchestra’s own Second Century. His playbook has been to build on the best traditions of the past while steering clearly and with passionate directness to argue for music’s renewed relevance in a changing world. He has expanded repertoire while further honing the Orchestra’s flexibility for modern (and older) music. The Orchestra’s long operatic tradition has been augmented with the return of fullystaged opera productions to Severance Hall, including cutting-edge presentations filled with 21st-century technological know-how and wonder — all in service to telling the plotlines of challenging works in compelling ways and with superb casts. Welser-Möst has also led The Cleveland Orchestra in a series of acclaimed video and other recordings, further enlarging the ensemble’s storied recorded legacy. He has advocated for a renewed and extended focus aimed at serving the people of Cleveland, through expanded education offerings and a new diversity of programming and concert formats. Special ticketing programs offer free tickets for families to bring children with them to concerts, with a notable increase of younger people attending performances — with 20% of audiences now aged 25 and younger. In the past decade, the Orchestra has also extended its work as Cleveland’s ambassador to the world, regularly showcasing its extraordinary musicianship in music capitals and at festivals and in residencies across Europe and on tour in the

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United States. With his contract extended to encompass a tenure of at least two decades, Welser-Möst continues to prepare The Cleveland Orchestra for its Second Century, serving the art of music and the people of its hometown earnestly and with the utmost dedication to harness the power of music to change lives and to inspire creativity and understanding. Tellingly, throughout the Orchestra’s history, there has been a strong tradition of leadership continuity, not just artistically (with only seven Music Directors in 100 years), but also in Presidents of the governing non-profit Board of Trustees (just twelve), and staff Executive Directors (only nine), providing a steady but focused progression of guidance propelling the Orchestra forward. Contrasted with the shifting sands at some other well-known ensembles, this unity of purpose and personnel has helped carry the Orchestra forward institutionally as a tireless agent for inspiring its hometown through great music. For, in truth, the Orchestra’s greatest strength remains the citizens of its hometown and the region surrounding Cleve-

land, whose forebears imagined such a world-famous orchestra could exist and then set about to make it happen. Individuals and corporations financed the Orchestra’s growth while insisting on excellence as the goal, not just musically, but in programs for educating and inspiring the city’s youth. That support continues today at uniquely high levels, boasting the greatest generosity of per capita donations for any major American orchestra. Thus, the extraordinary dream continues — marching The Cleveland Orchestra into a Second Century of achievement and success, arm in arm with the community whose name it carries.

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CELLOS Mark Kosower*

Kelvin Smith Family Chair


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Gretchen D. and Ward Smith Chair



Clara G. and George P. Bickford Chair

Takako Masame Paul and Lucille Jones Chair

Wei-Fang Gu Drs. Paul M. and Renate H. Duchesneau Chair

Kim Gomez Elizabeth and Leslie Kondorossy Chair

Chul-In Park Harriet T. and David L. Simon Chair

Miho Hashizume Theodore Rautenberg Chair

Jeanne Preucil Rose Dr. Larry J.B. and Barbara S. Robinson Chair

Alicia Koelz Oswald and Phyllis Lerner Gilroy Chair

Yu Yuan Patty and John Collinson Chair

Isabel Trautwein Trevor and Jennie Jones Chair

Mark Dumm Gladys B. Goetz Chair

Katherine Bormann Analisé Denise Kukelhan

Alfred M. and Clara T. Rankin Chair James and Donna Reid Chair

Bryan Dumm Muriel and Noah Butkin Chair

Eli Matthews 1 Patricia M. Kozerefski and Richard J. Bogomolny Chair

Sonja Braaten Molloy Carolyn Gadiel Warner Elayna Duitman Ioana Missits Jeffrey Zehngut Vladimir Deninzon Sae Shiragami Scott Weber Kathleen Collins Beth Woodside Emma Shook Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Dr. Glenn R. Brown Chair

Yun-Ting Lee Jiah Chung Chapdelaine VIOLAS Wesley Collins* Chaillé H. and Richard B. Tullis Chair 1

Charles M. and Janet G. Kimball Chair

Stanley Konopka 2 Mark Jackobs Jean Wall Bennett Chair

Arthur Klima Richard Waugh Lisa Boyko Richard and Nancy Sneed Chair

Lembi Veskimets The Morgan Sisters Chair

Eliesha Nelson Joanna Patterson Zakany Patrick Connolly


The GAR Foundation Chair

Charles Bernard 2 Helen Weil Ross Chair

Emilio Llinás 2

Lynne Ramsey

Louis D. Beaumont Chair

Richard Weiss 1

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Tanya Ell Thomas J. and Judith Fay Gruber Chair

Ralph Curry Brian Thornton William P. Blair III Chair

David Alan Harrell Martha Baldwin Dane Johansen Paul Kushious BASSES Maximilian Dimoff * Clarence T. Reinberger Chair

Kevin Switalski 2 Scott Haigh 1 Mary E. and F. Joseph Callahan Chair

Mark Atherton Thomas Sperl Henry Peyrebrune Charles Barr Memorial Chair

Charles Carleton Scott Dixon Derek Zadinsky HARP Trina Struble * Alice Chalifoux Chair This roster lists the fulltime members of The Cleveland Orchestra. The number and seating of musicians onstage varies depending on the piece being performed.

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Saeran St. Christopher Marisela Sager 2 Austin B. and Ellen W. Chinn Chair

Mary Kay Fink PICCOLO Mary Kay Fink Anne M. and M. Roger Clapp Chair

OBOES Frank Rosenwein * Edith S. Taplin Chair

Everett D. and Eugenia S. McCurdy Chair

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Knight Foundation Chair

Jesse McCormick Robert B. Benyo Chair

Hans Clebsch Richard King Alan DeMattia TRUMPETS Michael Sachs * Robert and Eunice Podis Weiskopf Chair

James P. and Dolores D. Storer Chair

Michael Miller CORNETS Michael Sachs *

ENGLISH HORN Robert Walters Samuel C. and Bernette K. Jaffe Chair

CLARINETS Afendi Yusuf * Robert Marcellus Chair

Robert Woolfrey Victoire G. and Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. Chair

Daniel McKelway

HORNS Michael Mayhew §

Jack Sutte Lyle Steelman 2

Corbin Stair Jeffrey Rathbun 2


Robert R. and Vilma L. Kohn Chair

Yann Ghiro E-FLAT CLARINET Daniel McKelway Stanley L. and Eloise M. Morgan Chair

BASS CLARINET Yann Ghiro BASSOONS John Clouser * Louise Harkness Ingalls Chair

Gareth Thomas Barrick Stees 2 Sandra L. Haslinger Chair

Jonathan Sherwin CONTRABASSOON Jonathan Sherwin

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Mary Elizabeth and G. Robert Klein Chair

PERCUSSION Marc Damoulakis* Margaret Allen Ireland Chair

Donald Miller Tom Freer Thomas Sherwood KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS Joela Jones * Rudolf Serkin Chair

Carolyn Gadiel Warner Marjory and Marc L. Swartzbaugh Chair

LIBRARIANS Robert O’Brien Joe and Marlene Toot Chair

Donald Miller

Michael Miller


TROMBONES Massimo La Rosa *

Sidney and Doris Dworkin Chair Sunshine Chair George Szell Memorial Chair

Gilbert W. and Louise I. Humphrey Chair

Richard Stout Alexander and Marianna C. McAfee Chair

Shachar Israel 2 BASS TROMBONE Thomas Klaber

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Associate Principal First Assistant Principal Assistant Principal


CONDUCTORS Christoph von Dohnányi

TUBA Yasuhito Sugiyama*

Vinay Parameswaran

Nathalie C. Spence and Nathalie S. Boswell Chair

TIMPANI Paul Yancich * Otto G. and Corinne T. Voss Chair


Elizabeth Ring and William Gwinn Mather Chair


Frances P. and Chester C. Bolton Chair

Tom Freer 2 Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Smucker Chair

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Second Century Celebration We are deeply grateful to the visionary philanthropy of the sponsors listed here who have given generously toward The Cleveland Orchestra’s 1OOth season in support of bringing to life a bold vision for an extraordinary Second Century — to inspire and transform lives through the power of music.

Presenting Sponsors

Leadership Sponsors

Ruth McCormick Tankersley Charitable Trust

Sponsors National Endowment for the Arts The Sherwin-Williams Company

Westfield Insurance KPMG LLP PwC

Global Media Sponsor

Series and Concert Sponsors We also extend thanks to our ongoing concert and series sponsors, who make each season of concerts possible: American Greetings Corporation BakerHostetler Buyers Products Company Dollar Bank Foundation Eaton Ernst & Young LLP Forest City Frantz Ward LLP The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Great Lakes Brewing Company Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. NACCO Industries, Inc. Jones Day KeyBank The Lincoln Electric Foundation Litigation Management, Inc. The Lubrizol Corporation Materion Corporation Medical Mutual MTD Products, Inc. North Coast Container Corp. Ohio Savings Bank Olympic Steel, Inc. Parker Hannifin Foundation PNC Bank Quality Electrodynamics (QED) RPM International Inc. The J. M. Smucker Company Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP The Sherwin-Williams Company Thompson Hine LLP Tucker Ellis


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Dear Friends, Thank you for joining us here at Severance Hall for this year’s Holiday Festival concerts. The Orchestra’s 1OOth season represents a milestone anniversary, not just for the Orchestra itself but for the community that created it. A hundred years of hard work has created a century of excellence — connecting all of us together through extraordinary musical experiences. As we begin the Orchestra’s Second Century, a handful of shared values and promises are central to serving this great city in the years ahead: Believing in the Value of Excellence: Everything we do is built on a foundation of doing it well. The Cleveland Orchestra’s reputation for excellence is a direct reflection of the values of this community, built on the firm belief that there is a difference between good, better, and best. We employ and expect the best in order to present the highest quality musical experiences. The Orchestra’s excellence leads by example — for young and old alike. Sharing the Power and Passion of Music: The Cleveland Orchestra’s fundamental mission is to share great musical experiences. We are striving to play more music for more people, because we believe that music enriches lives, augments learning, and inspires creativity and understanding. Inspiring Future Generations: Education has been at the forefront of The Cleveland Orchestra’s mission since the very beginning, by teaching music and helping students learn life skills through music. Today, we are redoubling our efforts — to touch the lives of young people throughout the region through powerful performances, free tickets, and compelling education initiatives. Celebrating and Serving Community: Each and every year, we work to fulfill the promise of those who created The Cleveland Orchestra — through quality, sharing, education, and celebration. Our greatest strength is the people of Northeast Ohio, who created this Orchestra and continue to expect and demand great things from us. We believe in the power of music because you do. Your support and belief in us carries us forward. Music is about sharing and joining together. Throughout this season, let us revel in the great music-making onstage, in the enthusiasm we share, in the power of music to make the world a better place.

Richard K. Smucker President

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André Gremillet Executive Director

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From the County Executive: 1OOth Season

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2017-18 100th Season Dear Fellow Citizens: I am pleased and proud to congratulate The Cleveland Orchestra on their 100th Anniversary season. This orchestra was created here in Cleveland 100 years ago by local citizens who insisted on the very best for our city. Quality is one of Cleveland’s trademarks and The Cleveland Orchestra is one of our city’s greatest success stories. Conceived with trust and support, built on ambition and drive, focused on quality and service to the community, The Cleveland Orchestra is a cultural anchor of this great city. Music touches people of all ages, races, lifestyles, and backgrounds. And there are significant developmental, academic, and social benefits for young people who study music, especially from an early age. The Orchestra’s concerts and education programs, which have introduced over 4 million young people to symphonic music, are often the first chapter in a lifelong passion. The Cleveland Orchestra proudly carries the name of Cleveland while touring internationally and domestically, shining a positive light on Cleveland around the world. But no matter where they perform each week, The Cleveland Orchestra is and always will be Cleveland’s Orchestra. Throughout this season, please join me in celebrating The Cleveland Orchestra and all of its accomplishments, today and tomorrow. Sincerely,

M yor Frank G.. Jackson Ma

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directed by Henry Selick screenplay by Caroline Thompson based on story and characters by Tim Burton produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi cinematography by Pete Kozachik music by Danny Elfman with the music performed live by THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA conducted by VINAY PARAMESWARAN F E AT U R E D S I N G E R S

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Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas


Vinay Parameswaran Assistant Conductor Elizabeth Ring and William Gwinn Mather Endowed Chair The Cleveland Orchestra

The 2017-18 season marks Vinay Parameswaran’s first year as a member of The Cleveland Orchestra’s conducting staff. In this role, he leads the Orchestra in several dozen concerts each season at Severance Hall, Blossom Music Festival, and on tour. He also serves as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Mr. Parameswaran comes to Cleveland following three seasons as associate conductor of the Nashville Symphony (2014-2017), where he led over 150 performances. In the summer of 2017, he was a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. During the 2016-17 season, Mr. Parameswaran made his guest conducting debuts with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Tucson Symphony, and also made his subscription debut with the Nashville Symphony conducting works by Gabriella Smith, Grieg, and Prokofiev. Other recent engagements have included debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Eugene Symphony, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In addition to concert work, Vinay

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Parameswaran has led performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love with Curtis Opera Theater. He also assisted in Opera Philadelphia’s presentation of Verdi’s Nabucco. Mr. Parameswaran has participated in conducting masterclasses with David Zinman at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, as well as with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Parameswaran played as a student for six years in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in music and political science from Brown University, where he began sstudying conducting with Paul Phillips. He received a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller.




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Based on characters and story by Tim Burton

MOVI E S T O RY The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — and plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. However, Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

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Smuckers pledge $15 million to Cleveland Orchestra Richard and Emily Smucker invite Greater Cleveland community to join them in supporting the Orchestra’s Second Century Richard and Emily Smucker have pledged $15 million to The Cleveland Orchestra in celebration of the 100th season and launch of the Orchestra’s Second Century. Their gift will be used to fund artistic and education programs, emphasizing programs for young people. A significant portion of their gift will also support funds for the Orchestra’s future, including the endowment. Richard and Emily are designating $3 million of their total pledge as challenge grants, which will be used to inspire the Northeast Ohio community to support the Orchestra as the ensemble enters its Second Century of musical excellence and community engagement. “Emily and I love The Cleveland Orchestra. The work these musicians do inspires audiences and young people throughout our community, across the nation, and around the world,” stated Richard K. Smucker, board president of The Cleveland Orchestra. “From my own life experience, I know that music has the power to change lives. It has transformed how I think about the world, and I revel in the experience of sharing a performance with family and friends, all of us together. I find myself renewed through music.” “This Orchestra has inspired me throughout my life,” continued Richard. “And I want to share that feeling and understanding. Emily and I want to encourage everyone who loves music, who loves this Orchestra, and who loves this great Cleveland community, to celebrate the 100th anniversary and to be part of launching the Orchestra’s Second Century.” The Smuckers join a rich history of community leaders who have made transformational gifts to The Cleveland Orchestra, inspiring continuing and growing community support. The list of visionary leaders includes John L. Severance, who, when putting forth his own pledge in 1929, successfully challenged the community to match his support to build what is now one of the nation’s most prestigious concert halls, Severance Hall. “Through their deep engagement and outstanding generosity, Richard and Emily are shining examples of how this community empowers the Orchestra to be the very best it can be for the benefit of the people of Ohio, commented André Gremi-

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llet, the Orchestra’s executive director. Emily Smucker added, “We want to help ensure that The Cleveland Orchestra continues to inspire future generations, and that this music will be shared and enjoyed one hundred years from now. Richard and I invite people from across Northeast Ohio to join us in championing the impact music can have on individual lives.” “The Orchestra’s musicians and I are deeply moved by Richard and Emily Smucker’s support. Their generosity and enthusiasm for the music we offer is deeply gratifying,” said Franz Welser-Möst, the Orchestra’s music director. “The Cleveland Orchestra is what it is today because of the community that created it. Richard and Emily are leading by example, reminding us that sharing and working together for good is a noble and empowering act. They are deserving of thanks, not just from us today, but from future generations who will be inspired by The Cleveland Orchestra.” Richard K. Smucker was elected as the thirteenth Board President of The Cleveland Orchestra in March 2017, and has served on the Board of Trustees since 1989. After serving in leadership positions with the family-owned J.M. Smucker Company for more than four decades, he now holds the title of Executive Chairman.

Join the SMUCKER SECOND CENTURY CHALLENGE today! Richard and Emily Smucker have generously pledged up to $500,000 to match gifts to The Cleveland Orchestra’s Annual Fund through December 31, 2017. If you’re giving to the Orchestra for the first time, coming back as a donor, or increasing your annual gift — your donation will be matched dollar for dollar! Please join in this challenge, using the attached envelope or by visiting clevelandorchestra.com online. Questions? Contact us at 216-231-7556.

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Season began with “A Hero’s Journey” — a collaborative multimedia music project and school concert presentation tied to Orchestra’s Beethoven Prometheus Project

On September 22, a collaborative education project with Cleveland Orchestra musicians and Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA) culminated in a live school performance led by Franz Welser-Möst. Centered around Beethoven’s music alongside ideas and ideals of heroism, the daytime Education Concert at Severance Hall was titled “Beethoven & Prometheus: A Hero’s Journey.” The creative journey toward this live concert began last spring, when Orchestra musicians and staff immersed themselves at CSA, working with students and teachers to explore a unique intersection of mythology and music. This “Prometheus Project for Students” was inspired by Welser-Möst’s “Prometheus Project,” a major concert festival in May 2018, to be presented as part of the Orchestra’s Centennial Season during 2017-18. Those public concerts will feature Beethoven’s symphonies alongside important overtures, examining Beethoven’s music through the metaphor of Prometheus, a daring Greek semi-god who defied Zeus to be2017 Holiday Festival

stow the gift of fire on humanity. For Beethoven, this gifting of fire helped propel human civilization forward, providing a spark (literally and metaphorically) of creativity that has powered the imagination of generations. In Welser-Möst’s view, Beethoven saw Prometheus as a metphor for powering humanity’s quest for justice and goodness, for fighting for good, and the embrace of individual freedoms — themes that Beethoven incorporated directly into his music. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum codeveloped by The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland School of the Arts, and Fifth House Ensemble (a Chicago-based leader in arts-integration and audience engagement), CSA students engaged deeply with the stories, challenges, and accomplishments of Beethoven and Prometheus, and the way they served — or strived to serve — the greater good. Utilizing artistic mediums (visual and performing arts), engaging core curriculum (English/ language arts, science, and social studies), and using American scholar Joseph Campbell’s classic “Hero’s Journey” framework, students were asked to create works of their own that connect these themes to personal narratives — to create stories in art of their personal heroes and the ways in which each student envisions using their own gifts to shape their future world. A core group of ten Cleveland Orchestra musicians were involved throughout the project. On September 22 at Severance Hall, in a concert performed exclusively for students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), select CSA student projects and creations were projected onto large screens surrounding the Orchestra, integrating them into “Beethoven & Prometheus: A Hero’s Journey.” The emotionally rich, multidisciplinary, multimedia concert experience was designed to illuminate connections from Beethoven’s music to the mythological Prometheus to the lives of today’s students. The concert was repeated for additional schools in November. Above, a student artwork from this collaborative project exploring music, heroes and heroism, and humanity’s search for good.

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Thursday evening, December 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. CSU Friday evening, December 15, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Wooster / CSU Saturday afternoon, December 16, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Children’s / Wooster Saturday evening, December 16, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Wooster Sunday afternoon, December 17, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Children’s Sunday evening, December 17, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Youth


Thursday evening, December 21, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Youth Friday evening, December 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Youth Saturday afternoon, December 23, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Children’s Saturday evening, December 23, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.


conducted by Brett Mitchell

with the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus Children’s Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Chamber Ensemble Youth and the Wooster Chorus of The College of Wooster Wooster Cleveland State University Chorale CSU

PART ONE Hark! the Herald Trumpets Sing: A Christmas Fanfare by John Wasson (b. 1956) Deck the Halls arranged by Randol Alan Bass Traditional Welsh carol, with words by Thomas Oliphant (1799-1873)

orc h e st r a a n d c horus Christmas Day: Choral Fantasy on Old Carols by Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

orc h e st r a a n d c horus Men of Goodwill: Variations on a Christmas Carol by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

orc h e st r a The Snow


music by Edward Elgar (1857-1934) to words by Caroline Alice Elgar (1848-1920)

orc h e st r a a n d c h i l dr e n ’ s c horus The Holly and the Ivy


Traditional British carol, arranged by Stephen Paulus

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day music by John Baptiste Calkin (1827-1905) to a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) arranged by Randol Alan Bass

orc h e st r a a n d c horus I Saw Three Ships — Traditional English carol, arranged by Matthew Jackfert orc h e st r a We Three Kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr. (1820-1891) arranged by Matthew Jackfert

orc h e st r a “Hallelujah” Chorus, from Messiah by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) arranged by Wolfgang Amadè Mozart

orc h e st r a a n d c horus I N T E R M IS S I O N

PART TWO Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) orc h e st r a Troika, from Lieutenant Kijé by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) orc h e st r a The Twelve Days of Christmas — Traditional English carol, arranged by John Rutter orc h e st r a a n d c horus The First Noel — Traditional English carol, arranged by Carmen Dragon orc h e st r a a n d c horus O Come, All Ye Faithful — Traditional carol, arranged by Carmen Dragon orc h e st r a a n d c horus — a n d au di e nc e (see page 41) Away in a Manger — Traditional American carol, arranged by Carmen Dragon orc h e st r a a n d c horus — a n d au di e nc e (see page 41) Angels We Have Heard on High words by James Chadwick (1813-1882) to a traditional French carol arranged by Randol Alan Bass

orc h e st r a a n d c horus The concert is approximately two hours in length.

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December 14-17, 21-23

Brett Mitchell The 2017-18 season marks Brett Mitchell’s inaugural year as music director of the Colorado Symphony. He previously served for four seasons as a member of the conducting staff of The Cleveland Orchestra and as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra; during his tenure he led the Youth Orchestra on its second international tour, to China in 2015. Mr. Mitchell also continues an active career as a guest conductor, leading performances throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia. Recent and upcoming guest engagements include performances with the orchestras of Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Oregon, St. Paul, and Washington D.C., as well as with the New Zealand Symphony and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. Mr. Mitchell served as music director of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, 2010-15, where an increased focus on locally relevant programming and community collaborations resulted in record attendance throughout his tenure. He had earlier been assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony (2007-11), where he led over 100 performances with the ensemble and concurrently held a League of American Orchestras American Conducting Fellowship. He was also an assistant conductor to Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France (2006-09) and served as director of orchestras at Northern Illinois University (2005-07). He was associate conductor of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (2002-06), where he led many subscription programs, six world

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premieres, and several recording projects. Mr. Mitchell also served as music director of nearly a dozen opera productions, principally as music director at the Moores Opera Center in Houston (2010-13), leading eight productions. A native of Seattle, Brett Mitchell holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also music director of the University Orchestra. He earned a bachelor of music degree in composition from Western Washington University, which selected him as its Young Alumnus of the Year in 2014. Mr. Mitchell also participated in the National Conducting Institute in Washington D.C., and studied with Kurt Masur as a recipient of the inaugural American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation Scholarship, and with Lorin Maazel. For more information, please visit www.brettmitchellconductor.com.

Severance Hall Christmas Lighting Design: Christopher Shick, Vincent Lighting Vari-Lite Programmer: Adam Feig

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Christmas Concerts: Concerts Pre-Concert Performances

Pre-Concert Music In the hour before select Christmas Concerts, the following groups will be performing in Severance Hall’s Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer prior to the performance onstage: CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA CHAMBER ENSEMBLES Thursday evening, December 14 Sunday evening, December 17 Saturday evening, December 23 CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA CHILDREN’S CHORUS Saturday afternoon, December 16 Sunday afternoon, December 17 Saturday afternoon, December 23 CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH CHORUS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Thursday evening, December 21 Friday evening, December 22 CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY CHORALE Friday evening, December 15 WOOSTER CHORUS OF THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER Saturday evening, December 16

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O Come, All Ye Faithful Chorus and Orchestra will sing first time through; audience is invited to sing-along on a second time through with the same verse/text . . .

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the king of angels — O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Away in a Manger Audience is invited to sing-along with the first verse . . .

Away in a manger, no crib for His bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head. The stars in the sky looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay. Chorus and Orchestra will continue with additional verses.

Silent Night Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright. Round yon virgin mother and child, Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace.

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Lisa Wong Acting Director of Choruses Frances P. and Chester C. Bolton Endowed Chair The Cleveland Orchestra

Lisa Wong was appointed acting director of choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra with the start of the 2017-18 season. She had become assistant director of choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra in 2010. With the 2012-13 season, she took on the added position of director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. In addition to her duties at Severance Hall, Ms. Wong is an associate professor of music at the College of Wooster, where she conducts the Wooster Chorus and the Wooster Singers and teaches courses in conducting, choral literature, and music education. She previously taught in public and private schools in New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, she serves as a music panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent accolades have included work at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, as a part of Tunaweza Kimuziki, and as a conductor for “Conducting 21C: Musical Leadership for a New Century” in Stockholm, Sweden. Ms. Wong holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Chester University and master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from Indiana University.

Evenings: December 15, 16

Matinee: December 16

Members of the

Wooster Chorus Lisa Wong, Director

Toni Shreve, Accompanist

Founded in 1964, the Wooster Chorus of the College of Wooster is comprised of undergraduate students representing all academic areas within the College of Wooster’s liberal arts program. The choir has been praised for its artistry and engaging performances. The Wooster Chorus presents several concerts both on and off campus throughout the academic year, and embarks each spring on a week-long United States tour. Gabby Angeles William Barnett Jayne Blinkhorn Todd Brockelman Jacob Cook Eli Culley Emily Ebert Alyssa Emery


Holly Engle Colleen Gilfether Sarah Green Grace Hodges Corey Holt Catherine Jaicks Morgan Kelly Zoe Kuhn

Olivia Lawrence George Marn Andrew Peacock David Pfeffer John-Paul Richard Janel Romagnoli Emma Russell Maddy Silver-Riskin

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Charlie Smrekar Kate Thurston-Griswold Matthew Turell CeCe Underwood Afton Widdershins

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Cleveland Orchestra Chorus Lisa Wong, Acting Director Daniel Singer, Acting Assistant Director

Joela Jones, Principal Accompanist

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus is one of the few professionally-trained, all-volunteer choruses sponsored by a major American orchestra. Founded at the request of George Szell in 1952 and following in the footsteps of a number of earlier community choruses, the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus has sung in hundreds of performances at home, at Carnegie Hall, and on tour, as well as in more than a dozen recordings. Its members hail from nearly fifty Cleveland-area communities and together contribute over 15,000 volunteer hours each year. SOPRANOS

Amy F. Babinski Amanda Baker* Claudia Barriga Karen Bauer-Blazer* Kimberly Brenstuhl Florence Brodowski Adriana Changet* Yu-Ching Ruby Chen Susan Cucuzza Anna K. Dendy Emily Engle Lisa Rubin Falkenberg Lisa Fedorovich Sarah Gaither Samantha Garner Hannah Goldberg* Lou Goodwin* Sarah Gould Julia Halamek* Rebecca S. Hall Lisa Hrusovsky Kirsten Jaegersen* Shannon R. Jakubczak Chelsea Kimmich* Hope Klassen-Kay Adrienne Leska Dawn Liston* Kate Macy Jessica M. May Megan Meyer Angela Mitchell* Kathleen Moreland* Roberta Myers* Julie MyersPruchenski S. Mikhaila Noble-Pace Jennifer Heinert O’Leary Lenore M. Pershing Cassandra E. Rondinella Jennifer R. Sauer* Meghan Schatt Monica Schie

Samantha Smith Kay Tabor Megan Tettau* Jane TimmonsMitchell Tunde Varga* Sharilee Walker Mary Krason Wiker* Mary Wilson Constance D. Wolfe ALTOS

Alexandria Albainy Emily Austin Laura Avdey Debbie Bates Ellen Beleiu* Katherine Brown* Emily Cahill-Camden* Julie A. Cajigas Kathy Chuparkoff* Brianna Clifford Barbara J. Clugh Carolyn L. Dessin Brooke Emmel* Marilyn Eppich Amanda Evans Nancy Gage* Diana Weber Gardner Rachael Grubb* Kathy Jo Gutgsell* Ann Marie Hardulak Julie Evans Hoffman* Gloria R. Homolak* Betty Huber Karen Hunt Karen Hurley* Sarah Hutchins Melissa Jolly Kate Klonowski

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Kristi Krueger* Elise Leitzel* Lucia Leszczuk Danielle S. McDonald Karla McMullen Donna Miller* Clare Mitchell Peggy A. Norman Dawn Ostrowski Marta Perez-Stable Marge Salopek* Shelley B. Sobey* Ina Stanek-Michaelis Laurie Starner* Melanie Tabak* Rachel Thibo Martha Cochran Truby Gina L. Ventre Laure Wasserbauer Leah Wilson Nancy Wojciak* Alex Wuertz* Debra Yasinow TENORS

Robert Bordon* Vincent L. Briley Gerry C. Burdick David Ciucevich Corey Hill Robert H. Hutson* Gary Kaplan* Daniel M. Katz Peter Kvidera Adam Landry Tod Lawrence

Rohan Mandelia James Newby Ryan Pennington Matthew Rizer Ted Rodenborn John Sabol Lee Scantlebury James Storry Charles Tobias William Venable Allen White BASSES

Christopher Aldrich Tyler Allen Craig Astler* Brian Bailey Jack Blazey Jacob Brent* Bryant M. Bush Sean Cahill Kevin Calavan Peter B. Clausen Serhii Chebotar* Dwyer Conklyn* Nick Connavino Kyle Crowley Thomas Cucuzza* Christopher Dewald Jeffrey Duber Matthew Englehart Thomas E. Evans Richard Falkenberg

Thomas Glynn* Philip K. Greer* Kurtis B. Hoffman Ryan D. Honomichl* Jason Howie Bernard Hrusovsky* William Hrusovsky* Jeral Hurd* Robert L. Jenkins III* Joshua Jones David Keller Kevin Kutz* CJ Langmack* Jason Levy Scott Markov Tyler Mason Roger Mennell Robert Mitchell Stephen Mitchell Tom Moormann Keith Norman Tremaine Oatman Francisco X. Prado John Riehl Mark Schippits* Jarod Shamp Wiley Livingston Smith James B Snell Stephen Stavnicky 

= Shari Bierman Singer Fellow

* = The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus is pleased to welcome singers marked with an asterisk — members of the Blossom Festival Chorus or former Cleveland Orchestra Chorus members — who are singing with us in these Holiday Festival performances.

Carolyn Dessin, Chair, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus Operating Committee Jill Harbaugh, Manager of Choruses

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Ann Usher

Director, Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Choruses

Ann Usher has served as director of the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Choruses since 2000. She prepares the Children’s Chorus for their appearances as part of the annual Christmas concerts, community concerts, and in the Orchestra’s performances of operas and symphonic works that call for children’s voices. Ms. Usher is coordinator of music education and a professor of music at the University of Akron, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate choral music education courses. She has previously served as director of the School of Music and interim director of the School of Dance, Theater, and Arts Administration. She previously taught choral music in the public schools, specializing in the middle school level. She has served on adjudicated committees for the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) and in 2014 served as director of OMEA’s inaugural All-State Children’s Chorus for fourth and fifth graders. Active as a clinician and adjudicator, Ann Usher holds a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master of music degree in choral conducting and a doctorate in music education from Kent State University.

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Matinees: December 16, 17, 23

Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus Ann Usher, Director

Suzanne Walters, Assistant Director

Mio Arai, Accompanist

Created in 1967, the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus is an ensemble of children in grades 6-9 who perform annually with The Cleveland Orchestra. A Preparatory Chorus, comprised of children in grades 5-8, performs twice each year with the Children’s Chorus. The members of the Children’s Chorus and of the Preparatory Chorus rehearse weekly during the school year and are selected by audition with the director (held annually in May and June). A number of Children’s Chorus graduates have continued their association as members of the Youth Chorus or Youth Orchestra or have become adult members of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Autumn L. Airey Newbury School

Bayleigh Braucher Sts. Philip and James School

Mia Bruner

Jade Gladue

Oliver Richard

Laurel School

Home Schooled

Celia June Hawk

Elena J. Rodenborn

Chagrin Falls Middle School

Brady Middle School

Maria Dameworth Hisey

Greenbriar Middle School

Brendan Burdick North Royalton Middle School

Sarah Burdick North Royalton Middle School

Amelia Cassidy A.I. Root Middle School

Gavin Cozzens North Royalton Middle School

Ashley Cvetichan Ridge Middle School

Molly Decker Mayfield Middle School

Aiden James Dumm University School

Tyler Farkas

Shira Rosenberg

Jackson Memorial Middle School

Mandel Jewish Day School

Anna Claire Ingram

Somiya Schirokauer

Solon Middle School

Woodbury Elementary

Megan Kim

Emma Schoeffler

Lee Burnsen Middle School

Communion of Saints School

Julia Kubancik

Emma Smith

Home Schooled

Kenston Middle School

Isabella T. Martin

Lydia Smith

Gilmour Academy

Home Schooled

Aidan Maxwell

Olivia Stein

Horace Mann Elementary

St. Mary of the Assumption School

Laura Obergefell

Sasha Turner

St. Mary of the Assumption School

Audrey Ours Hawken School

Shaker Middle School

Maggie Panichi

University School

Sabrina Rose Fellinger Brady Middle School

Eleanor Fleming Saint Paschal Baylon School

Claudia Gagliani Sts. Joseph & John Middle School

Erin Gallagher Learwood Middle School

Jaimee Gilliland Montessori High School at University Circle

Amelia Von Glahn

Independence Middle School

Learwood Middle School

Imaya Perera

Julia Weber

George G. Dodge Intermediate School

Grace Prentice

Newbury School

Sammy Weidenthal

Memorial Middle School

University School

Mary Proctor

James Wilkinson

Home Schooled

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School

Emma Grace Ramon

Sydney Wilson

Hathaway Brown

Independence Middle School

Graham Richard

Julie Weiner, Manager of Youth Choruses

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Evenings: December 17, 21, 22

Daniel Singer

Acting Director, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

Daniel Singer joined the choral conducting staff of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2012 as assistant director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. He was promoted to acting director of the Youth Chorus with the start of the 2017-18 season. In addition to his work at Severance Hall, Mr. Singer has served since 2011 as director of Music at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio, where he conducts orchestra and chorus. Mr. Singer is also active as a guest conductor and clinician, and has worked with honor choirs and top student ensembles in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and North Carolina. Daniel Singer performs professionally with Quire Cleveland and has sung as baritone soloist with ensembles throughout the region. Additionally, he is an arranger and composer and has created works for choral and instrumental groups throughout the United States. Prior to coming to Ohio, Mr. Singer worked as a performer, music director, and teacher in the Chicago area. He holds a bachelor of music degree in choral and instrumental music education from Northwestern University and a master of music degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University.


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Evenings: December 17, 21, 22

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Daniel Singer, Acting Director

Adam Landry, Acting Assistant Director

Jacob Bernhardt, Accompanist

Founded in 1991, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus gives vocally talented singers of high-school age the opportunity to experience music-making at a professional artistic level. Comprised of students in grades 9-12, the members of the Youth Chorus represent some 40 different communities across Northeast Ohio. Membership is by audition. The Chamber Ensemble is a select group of vocalists chosen each season from the eighty voices of the Youth Chorus. YOUTH CHORUS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Samuel Blocker University School

Gregory Bullis Jr. Newbury High School

Olivia Christine Como Kenston High School

Sasha Desberg Revere High School

Jade Domos Aurora High School

Mariana Gomez St. Peregrine Academy

Sarah Grube Shaker Heights High School

Ben Gwinnell Lake Ridge Academy

Alyse Hancock-Phillips Berea-Midpark High School

Seth Hobi Mentor Christian School

Fisher Ilijasic Shaker Heights High School

Sophia Irvin Kenston High School

Elizabeth Javorsky

Eleni Karnavas Independence High School

Grace Mino

Emily Shields Mentor High School

Michael Stupecki

Highland High School

Nathan Niedzwiecki Homestead Lutheran Academy

Emma Violet Rosberil St. Joseph Academy

Eva Shepard

Highland High School

Ronell Warmuth Strongsville High School

Azalea Artemis Webster Shaker Heights High School

Garrett Wineberg West Geauga High School

Kirtland High School

Laurel School

Joe Kaffen Shaker Heights High School

Julie Weiner, Manager of Youth Choruses

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December 14, 15

Cleveland State University Chorale Brian Bailey, Director

The Cleveland State University Chorale is a select ensemble for students with previous vocal and choral experience. The group has been invited to sing as part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Christmas Concerts regularly since 1993. They have also toured to Canada, Germany, Israel, and Poland. For further information, please contact the CSU Department of Music at (216) 687-5039. Freddie Assmus Andrea Bliscik Sarah Boyle Rachel Brown Machala Comenschek Mist’a Craig

Michael DiPiero Henry Foraker Haley Gabriel Madelyn Hasebein Corey Hill Samuel Householder

Jalen McKinnie Shelby Namsick Ashley Prohaska Jylian Purtee Leah Reinhart Tiffany Roberts

Hannah Schalk Kara Schifano Zane Speelman Stephen Stavnicky Claudia Vaccaro

Brian Bailey Brian Bailey is in his ninth year as director of choirs at Cleveland State University, where he conducts the CSU Chorale and University Chorus. He previously taught for ten years at the School of Music at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, and served as the visiting director of choirs at the College of William and Mary. Mr. Bailey’s training as a choral conductor includes study and ensemble experience at Augustana College in Illinois, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Iowa. His principal teachers have included Timothy Stalter, Donald Morrison, Robert Porco, and Jan Harrington. He has also held a variety of positions as a church musician, and has been active as a harpsichordist and continuo player.


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Corporate Support The Cleveland Orchestra extends heartfelt gratitude and partnership with the corporations listed on this page, whose annual support (through gifts of $2,500 and more) demonstrates their belief in the Orchestra’s music-making, education initiatives, and community presentations.

Annual Supportt gifts during the year prior to July 1, 2017 The Partners in Excellence program salutes companies with annual contributions of $100,000 and more, exemplifying leadership and commitment to musical excellence at the highest level. PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE $300,000 AND MORE

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling NACCO Industries, Inc. KeyBank The J. M. Smucker Company PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE $200,000 TO $299,999

BakerHostetler Eaton Jones Day PNC Bank Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich (Europe) PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE $100,000 TO $199,999

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$50,000 TO $99,999

DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky Dollar Bank Foundation Forest City Litigation Management, Inc. Parker Hannifin Foundation Quality Electrodynamics (QED) Anonymous $15,000 TO $49,999

Buyers Products Company Case Western Reserve University Ernst & Young LLP Frantz Ward LLP The Giant Eagle Foundation Great Lakes Brewing Company Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP The Lincoln Electric Foundation The Lubrizol Corporation Materion Corporation MTD Products, Inc. North Coast Container Corp. Ohio Savings Bank, A Division of New York Community Bank Olympic Steel, Inc. RPM International Inc. The Sherwin-Williams Company Tucker Ellis

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$2,500 TO $14,999 Akron Tool & Die Company American Fireworks, Inc. BDI BestLight LED Brothers Printing Co., Inc. Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP Cleveland Clinic Cleveland Steel Container Corporation The Cleveland Wire Cloth & Mfg. Co. Cohen & Company, CPAs Community Counselling Services Consolidated Solutions Cozen O’Connor (Miami) Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation Evarts Tremaine The Ewart-Ohlson Machine Company Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Adam Foslid/Greenberg Traurig (Miami) Gross Builders Huntington National Bank Littler Mendelson, P.C. Live Publishing Company Macy’s Miba AG (Europe) Northern Haserot Oatey Ohio CAT OMNOVA Solutions Oswald Companies Park-Ohio Holdings PolyOne Corporation RSM US, LLP Southern Wine and Spirits (Miami) Stern Advertising Struktol Company of America University Hospitals Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin (Miami) Anonymous (2)

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Foundation/Government Support The Cleveland Orchestra is grateful for the annual support of the foundations and government agencies listed d on this page. The generous funding from these institutions (through gifts of $2,500 and more) is a testament of support for the Orchestra’s music-making, n education initiatives, and community presentations.

Annual Supportt gifts during the year prior to July 1, 2017 $1 MILLION AND MORE

The Cleveland Foundation Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture $500,000 TO $999,999

The George Gund Foundation Ohio Arts Council $250,000 TO $499,999

Kulas Foundation John P. Murphy Foundation $100,000 TO $249,999

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation Elizabeth Ring Mather and William Gwinn Mather Fund David and Inez Myers Foundation The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation $50,000 TO $99,999

The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation GAR Foundation The Gerhard Foundation, Inc. Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Myra Tuteur Kahn Memorial Fund of The Cleveland Foundation Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs (Miami) The Frederick and Julia Nonneman Foundation The Nord Family Foundation The Payne Fund

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$15,000 TO $49,999

The Abington Foundation The Batchelor Foundation, Inc. (Miami) Mary E. & F. Joseph Callahan Foundation The Helen C. Cole Charitable Trust The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation The Helen Wade Greene Charitable Trust National Endowment for the Arts Sandor Foundation Albert G. & Olive H. Schlink Foundation Jean C. Schroeder Foundation The Sisler McFawn Foundation Dr. Kenneth F. Swanson Fund for the Arts of Akron Community Foundation The Veale Foundation The Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation

$2,500 TO $14,999 The Ruth and Elmer Babin Foundation Dr. NE & JZ Berman Foundation The Bernheimer Family Fund of the Cleveland Foundation Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation Cleveland State University Foundation The Cowles Charitable Trust (Miami) Elisha-Bolton Foundation The Harry K. Fox and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation The Jean, Harry and Brenda Fuchs Family Foundation, in memory of Harry Fuchs The Hankins Foundation The Muna & Basem Hishmeh Foundation Richard H. Holzer Memorial Foundation The Laub Foundation Victor C. Laughlin, M.D. Memorial Foundation Trust The Lehner Family Foundation The G. R. Lincoln Family Foundation The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation The M. G. O’Neil Foundation Paintstone Foundation Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation The Leighton A. Rosenthal Family Foundation SCH Foundation Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Miami) Harold C. Schott Foundation Kenneth W. Scott Foundation Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation The South Waite Foundation The O’Neill Brothers Foundation The George Garretson Wade Charitable Trust The S. K. Wellman Foundation The Welty Family Foundation Thomas H. White Foundation, a KeyBank Trust The Wuliger Foundation Anonymous (2)

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Each year, thousands of Northeast Ohioans experience The Cleveland Orchestra for the first Ɵme. Whether you are a seasoned concertgoer or a first-Ɵmer, these pages give you ways to learn more or get involved with the Orchestra and to explore the joys of music further. Created to serve Northeast Ohio, The Cleveland Orchestra has a long and proud history of promoƟng and sharing the power of music through exploraƟon, educaƟon, and extraordinary experiences.

Celebra ng Life & Music The Cleveland Orchestra performs all varie es of music, gathering family and friends together in celebra on of the power of music. The Orchestra’s music marks major milestones and honors special moments, helping to provide the soundtrack to each day and bringing your hopes and joys to life. From free community concerts at Severance Hall and in downtown Cleveland . . . to picnics on warm summer evenings at Blossom Music Center . . . From performances for crowds of students, in classrooms and auditoriums . . . to opera and ballet with the world’s best singers and dancers . . . From holiday gatherings with favorite songs . . . to the wonder of new composi ons performed by music’s rising stars . . . Music inspires. It for fies minds and electrifies spirits. It brings people together in mind, body, and soul.

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Changing Lives The Cleveland Orchestra is building the youngest orchestra audience in the country. In recent years, the number of young people a ending Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Blossom and Severance Hall has more than doubled, and now makes up 20% of the audience! • Under 18s Free, the flagship program of the Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences (created with a lead endowment gi from the Maltz Family Founda on), makes a ending Orchestra concerts affordable for families. • Student Advantage and Frequent FanCard programs offer great deals for students.

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the world’s most-acclaimed and sought-a er performing arts ensembles. Whether performing at home or around the world, the musicians carry Northeast Ohio’s commitment to excellence and strong sense of community with them everywhere the Orchestra performs. The ensemble’s es to this region run deep and strong: • Two acous cally-renowned venues — Severance Hall and Blossom — anchor the Orchestra’s performance calendar and con nue to shape the ar s c style of the ensemble. • More than 60,000 local students par cipate in the Orchestra’s educa on programs each year. • Over 350,000 people a end Orchestra concerts in Northeast Ohio annually. • The Cleveland Orchestra serves as Cleveland’s ambassador to the world — through concerts, recordings, and broadcasts — proudly bearing the name of its hometown across the globe.

• The Circle, our membership program for ages 21 to 40, enables young professionals to enjoy Orchestra concerts and social and networking events. • The Orchestra’s casual Friday evening concert series (Fridays@7 and Summers @Severance) draw new crowds to Severance Hall to experience the Orchestra in a context of friends and musical explora ons.


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Building Community The Cleveland Orchestra exists for and because of the vision, generosity, and dreams of the Northeast Ohio community. Each year, we seek new ways to meaningfully impact lives. • Convening people at free community concerts each year in celebra on of our country, our city, our culture, and our shared love of music.


Inspiring Minds Educa on has been at the heart of The Cleveland Orchestra’s community offerings since the ensemble’s founding in 1918. The arts are a core subject of school learning, vital to realizing each child’s full poten al. A child’s educa on is incomplete unless it includes the arts, and students of all ages can experience the joy of music through the Orchestra’s varied educa on programs. The Orchestra’s offerings impact . . . . . . the very young, with programs including PNC Musical Rainbows and PNC Grow Up Great. . . . grade school and high school students, with programs including Learning Through Music, Family Concerts, EducaƟon Concerts, and In-School Performances.

• Immersing the Orchestra in local communi es with special performances in local businesses and hotspots through neighborhood residencies and other ini a ves. • Collabora ng with celebrated arts ins tu ons — from the Cleveland Museum of Art and Playhouse Square to Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet — to bring inspira onal performances to the people of Northeast Ohio. • Ac vely partnering with local schools, neighborhoods, businesses, and state and local government to engage and serve new corners of the community through residencies, educa on offerings, learning ini a ves, and free public events.

. . . college students and beyond, with programs including musician-led masterclasses, in-depth explora ons of musical repertoire, pre-concert musician interviews, and public discussion groups.

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Suppor ng Excellence

Financial support and contribu ons from thousands of people, corpora ons, and founda ons across Northeast Ohio help sustain the musical excellence and community engagement that sets The Cleveland Orchestra apart from other orchestral ensembles around the world.


Get Involved The Cleveland Orchestra has been supported by many dedicated volunteers since its founding in 1918. You can make an immediate impact by ge ng involved. • Over 100,000 people learn about and follow The Cleveland Orchestra’s ac vi es online through Facebook, Twi er, and Instagram. • Two ac ve volunteer groups — Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Blossom Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra — support the Orchestra through service and fundraising. To learn more, please call 216-231-7557.

Ticket sales cover less than half the cost of The Cleveland Orchestra’s concerts, educa on presenta ons, and community programs. Each year, thousands of generous people make dona ons large and small to sustain the Orchestra for today and for future genera ons. Every dollar donated enables The Cleveland Orchestra to play the world’s finest music, bringing meaningful experiences to people throughout our community — and acclaim and admira on to Northeast Ohio. To learn more, visit clevelandorchestra.com/donate

• Over 400 volunteers assist concertgoers each season, as Ushers for Orchestra concerts at Severance Hall, or as Tour Guides and as Store Volunteers. For more info, please call 216-231-7425. • 300 professional and amateur vocalists volunteer their me and ar stry as part of the professionally-trained Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Fes val Chorus each year. To learn more, please call 216-231-7372.


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Learn More To learn more about how you can play an ac ve role as a member of The Cleveland Orchestra family, visit us at Blossom or Severance Hall, a end a musical performance, or contact a member of our staff.



Making Music The Cleveland Orchestra passionately believes in the value of ac ve musicmaking, which teaches life lessons in teamwork, listening, collabora on, and self expression. Music is an ac vity to par cipate in directly, with your hands, voice, and spirit. • You can par cipate in ensembles for musicians of all ages — including the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Children’s Chorus, Youth Chorus, and Blossom Fes val Chorus, and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. • Each year, the Orchestra brings people together in celebra on of music and events, giving voice to music at community singalongs and during holiday performances. • We partner with local schools and businesses to teach and perform, in ensembles and as soloists, encouraging music-making across Northeast Ohio. Music has the power to inspire, to transform, to change lives. Make music part of your life, and support your school’s music programs.

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WINTER SEASON Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

Haydn’s The Seasons

Jan 11 — Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Jan 12 — Friday at 8:00 p.m. <18s Jan 13 — Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Jan 18 — Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Jan 20 — Saturday at 8:00 p.m. THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Franz Welser-Möst, conductor Golda Schultz, soprano Maximilian Schmitt, tenor Thomas Hampson, baritone Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert

Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony

Jan 14 — Sunday at 7:00 p.m

Jan 19 — Friday at 7:00 p.m. <18s

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Franz Welser-Möst, conductor James Pickens Jr., narrator Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus William Henry Caldwell, chorus director

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

The Cleveland Orchestra’s 38th annual concert celebrating the spirit of Dr. King’s life, leadership, and vision. This year’s concert explores King as a modern-day hero — as part of the Orchestra’s Centennial Season “Prometheus Project,” building on Beethoven’s “fight for good” in his music and in life. TICKETS: Admission is free, but tickets are required. A ticket lottery is being held, with entries being accepted from December 12 to January 3. Four tickets per winning entry. For more infomation, visit clevelandorchestra.com Or listen to the concert live on Cleveland radio stations WCLV (104.9 FM) or WCPN (90.3 FM). The concert is also being recorded by PBS/ideastream and will be telecast at a later date. Sponsor: KeyBank

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Severance Hall Open House

Mitsuko Uchida’s Mozart Feb 8 — Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Feb 9 — Friday at 8:00 p.m. <18s Feb 10 — Saturday at 8:00 p.m. THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Mitsuko Uchida, piano and conductor William Preucil, leader

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 5 HANDEL Suite from Water Music MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27 American Greetings Family Concert

Severance Hall joins in the city-wide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and achievements with a free public open house featuring musical performances by groups from across Northeast Ohio. Details at clevelandorchestra.com.

Under 18s Free

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Jan 15 — Monday from noon to 5 p.m.


BEETHOVEN Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)


Concerts with this symbol are eligible for "Under 18s Free" ticketing. Our "Under 18s Free" program offers free tickets for young people attending with families (one per full-price adult for concerts marked with the symbol above).

Beethoven Lives Upstairs Feb 11 — Sunday at 3:00 p.m. <18s

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Vinay Parameswaran, conductor with special guest Classical Kids Live! This award-winning concert program is based on a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Its subject is the musical “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home — and the young boy’s coming to understand the genius of Beethoven, the torment of his deafness, and the beauty of the music he gave to the world. (Special Pre-concert Activities begin at 2:00 p.m.) Sponsor: American Greetings


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ORCHESTRA Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto





Feb 15 — Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Feb 16 — Friday at 11:00 a.m. <18s Feb 16 — Friday at 8:00 p.m. <18s Feb 17 — Saturday at 8:00 p.m. THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Bernard Labadie, conductor Isabelle Faust, violin

RIGEL Symphony No. 4* MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto MOZART Symphony No. 40 * Not performed on Friday morning concert Sponsor: BakerHostetler

A Modern Hero

Dutoit Conducts Ravel

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert

Feb 22 — Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Feb 23 — Friday at 8:00 p.m. <18s Feb 24 — Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday January 14 at 7:00 p.m.

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Charles Dutoit, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

RAVEL Suite from Mother Goose RAVEL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand RAVEL Daphnis and Chloé (complete ballet music) Sponsor: Aquire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

PNC Musical Rainbow

The Happy Horn

Feb 23 — Friday at 10:00 a.m. <18s Feb 24 — Saturday at 11:00 a.m. <18s with Hans Clebsch, horn

For ages 3 to 6. Host Maryann Nagel gets attendees singing, clapping, and moving to the music in this series introducing instruments of the orchestra. With solo selections, kid-friendly tunes, and sing-along participation. Sponsor: PNC Bank

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Franz Welser-Möst, conductor James Pickens Jr., narrator Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus William Henry Caldwell, chorus director

The Cleveland Orchestra’s 38th annual concert explores Dr. King’s life and legacy, and his dedication to the struggle for racial equality — through the lens of Beethoven’s “fight for good.” Featuring music inspired by justice, caring, and freedom. TICKETS: Admission is free, but tickets

are required. A ticket lottery is being held; entries accepted December 12 to January 3; 4 tickets for each winning entry.

Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus

Concert Sponsor: KeyBank

Feb 25 — Sunday at 7:00 p.m. <18s

Broadcast live on WCLV and WCPN radio and by delayed telecast on PBS/ideastream.

CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA Vinay Parameswaran, conductor CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH CHORUS Daniel Singer, acting director Two of northern Ohio’s premier musical youth ensembles present their annual joint concert, featuring musical works by Sibelius, Hanson, and Dvořák. Prelude Concert begins at 6 p.m. with Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus members performing chamber music.

2017 Holiday Festival

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May 10-19 at Severance Hall conducted by Franz Welser-Möst The Cleveland Orchestra’s Centennial Season ends with a special presentation of all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies, examined through the parallel stories of Prometheus, a titan of Greek Mythology, and Beethoven, a titan of classical music — and their shared belief in justice, the goodness of humanity, and the ongoing heroic struggle to make the world a better place. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear Beethoven’s genius in all its glory and goodness.

MAY 10 Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 (“Eroica”) MAY 11 Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7 MAY 12 Symphonies Nos. 8 and 5 MAY 13 Symphonies Nos. 6 (“Pastoral”) and 2 MAY 17, 18, 19 Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”) T IC KE TS

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The Cleveland Orchestra Holiday Festival 2017  

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The Cleveland Orchestra Holiday Festival 2017  

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Christmas Concerts

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