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Concert: January 9, 10, 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Introducing the Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 DVOŘÁK
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Symphony No. 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 JANÁČEK
Sinfonietta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Soloist: Yefim Bronfman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
12 PROKOFIEV SIXTH SYMPHONY
Concert: January 30, February 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Introducing the Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 BRIDGE
The Sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 DUKAS
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
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Perspectives January 2020 The start of a new year brings with past and antici it time both for pation for the reflection on the future. As many our social media of you will channels — Faceb New Year began ook, Twitter, Instag have seen on , The Cleveland ram — as the Orchestra poste of celebration” d its own “twelv looking back at Presid ent & e days important mome ments from the CEO nts and accom past decade. Under plishthe hashtag #Endo to Northeast Ohio, posts are potent reminders of fDecade, these The Cleveland and of music’s Orchestra’s value importance to so many peopl More Music for e every day. More People. Much of our work the larger goal of playing “more in recent years has been under music for more series and prese taken with peopl ntations. We’ve retooled our subsc e.” We’ve expanded and added es for guests here ription offerings new at , and we’ve successfully Severance Hall. Through the generosity of forwa added new serviccreated new initiat numbers — initiat rd-thinking donor ives to encourage ives that now make s, young people We’ve continued to our attend annual Education in record celebrating comm Concerts free for holiday presentatio unity ties throu all schoo gh free community ls. ns. (Our 2019 Christ reached all-tim concerts and annua mas Concerts e highs in both l revenue and attend here at Severance Hall in Decem ance.) ber Martin Luther King Jr. Celeb rations. Each Orchestra has year for the past presented a specia four decades, The l free concert to together to celebr Cleveland bring the larger ate the spirit of Cleveland comm Dr. King’s vision year, the prese unity ntatio for a better and more collaborative demo n features a specially-assemble d community choru just world. Each nstration of huma This annual conce s lifting voices nity working toget in a rt is filled to capac her toward a better beyond Severance ity each year, with tomorrow. Hall through a its reach exten live radio broad the concert online ded to thousands cast and, in recen . Of special note t years, live stream Concert from 2018 this year, the Orche ing of has been releas stra’s Martin Luther ed for national Welser-Möst’s King Jr. Celebr baton filmed as telecast, in a prese ation part of our ongoi ntation under ream. This teleca ng work with local Franz st brings toget her media partner with the powe ideastr of music to enhan photography and spoken words ce emotional refl by telecast dates and ection and celebr and about Dr. King times, see page 27 of this book.) ation. (For details on Cleveland’s Amba ssador to the World. The nation our efforts to reach al MLK telecast out, here in Ohio is just one exam chestra and Franz and around the ple of Welser-Möst set world. In the coming month and, for the first off s, the Ortime, to the United on a spring international tour — this year to appear at the Abu Arab Emirates Europe as the first Amer Dhabi Festival. ican orchestra This spring, we’re to share a series invited to of new releases also launching showcasing the our own record Severance Hall ing label, Cleve with music-lover s around the world land/Welser-Möst partnership continue to enhan and . At ce initiatives, to touch and add to our concert offerings the same time, here at home , we , education progr the lives of more ams, and ticket people each year. ing Thank for joinin g with us!
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Perspectives — Each month, President & CEO André Gremillet writes about current news and ideas. Turn to page 9 to learn more regarding important Cleveland Orchestra initiatives and achievements. What’s Happening? — Additional sections of the book give you information about events and happenings, including:
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Perspectives January 2020 The start of a new year brings with it time both for reflection on the past and anticipation for the future. As many of you will have seen on our social media channels — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — as the New Year began, The Cleveland Orchestra posted its own “twelve days of celebration” looking back at important moments and accomplishPresident & CEO ments from the past decade. Under the hashtag #EndofDecade, these posts are potent reminders of The Cleveland Orchestra’s value to Northeast Ohio, and of music’s importance to so many people every day. More Music for More People. Much of our work in recent years has been undertaken with the larger goal of playing “more music for more people.” We’ve expanded and added new series and presentations. We’ve retooled our subscription offerings, and added new services for guests here at Severance Hall. Through the generosity of forward-thinking donors, we’ve successfully created new initiatives to encourage young people to attend in record numbers — initiatives that now make our annual Education Concerts free for all schools. We’ve continued celebrating community ties through free community concerts and annual holiday presentations. (Our 2019 Christmas Concerts here at Severance Hall in December reached all-time highs in both revenue and attendance.) Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations. Each year for the past four decades, The Cleveland Orchestra has presented a special free concert to bring the larger Cleveland community together to celebrate the spirit of Dr. King’s vision for a better and more just world. The presentation features a specially-assembled community chorus lifting voices in a collaborative demonstration of humanity working together toward a better tomorrow. This annual concert is filled to capacity each year, with its reach extended to thousands beyond Severance Hall through a live radio broadcast and, in recent years, live streaming of the concert online. Of special note this year, the Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert from 2018 has been released for national telecast on PBS, in a presentation under Franz Welser-Möst’s baton filmed as part of our ongoing work with local media partner ideastream. This telecast brings together photography and spoken words by and about Dr. King with the power of music to enhance emotional reflection and celebration. (For more details on this, see page 25 of this book or check your local broadcast listings.) Cleveland’s Ambassador to the World. The national MLK telecast is just one example of our efforts to reach out, here in Ohio and around the world. In the coming months, the Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst set off on a spring international tour — this year to Europe and, for the first time, to the United Arab Emirates as the first American orchestra invited to appear at the Abu Dhabi Festival. This spring, we’re also launching our own recording label, to share a series of new releases showcasing the Cleveland/Welser-Möst partnership and Severance Hall with music-lovers around the world. At the same time, here at home, we continue to enhance and add to our concert offerings, education programs, and ticketing initiatives, to touch the lives of more people each year. Thank for joining with us!
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operating The Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall, and Blossom Music Festival OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Richard K. Smucker, Chair André Gremillet, President & CEO Dennis W. LaBarre, Immediate Past Chair Richard J. Bogomolny, Chair Emeritus Alexander M. Cutler Hiroyuki Fujita David J. Hooker Michael J. Horvitz Douglas A. Kern RESIDENT TRUSTEES Robin Dunn Blossom Richard J. Bogomolny Yuval Brisker Helen Rankin Butler Irad Carmi Paul G. Clark Robert D. Conrad Margot Copeland Matthew V. Crawford Alexander M. Cutler Hiroyuki Fujita Robert A. Glick Iris Harvie Dee Haslam Stephen H. Hoffman David J. Hooker Michael J. Horvitz Marguerite B. Humphrey Betsy Juliano Jean C. Kalberer
Norma Lerner, Honorary Chair Hewitt B. Shaw, Secretary Beth E. Mooney, Treasurer
Virginia M. Lindseth Nancy W. McCann Larry Pollock Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. Audrey Gilbert Ratner
Barbara S. Robinson Jeffery J. Weaver Meredith Smith Weil Paul E. Westlake Jr.
Nancy F. Keithley Christopher M. Kelly Douglas A. Kern John D. Koch Richard Kramer Dennis W. LaBarre Norma Lerner Virginia M. Lindseth Milton S. Maltz Nancy W. McCann Stephen McHale Thomas F. McKee Loretta J. Mester Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic Beth E. Mooney Katherine T. O’Neill Larry Pollock Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. Clara T. Rankin Audrey Gilbert Ratner
Charles A. Ratner Zoya Reyzis Barbara S. Robinson Steven M. Ross Luci Schey Spring Hewitt B. Shaw Richard K. Smucker James C. Spira R. Thomas Stanton Richard Stovsky Russell Trusso Daniel P. Walsh Thomas A. Waltermire John Warner Geraldine B. Warner Jeffery J. Weaver Meredith Smith Weil Paul E. Westlake Jr. David A. Wolfort Dr. Anthony Wynshaw-Boris
N ATI O NA L A ND I N T E RN AT I O N AL T RUS T E E S Virginia Nord Barbato (New York) Richard C. Gridley Wolfgang C. Berndt (Austria) (South Carolina) Mary Jo Eaton (Florida) Herbert Kloiber (Germany) TRUSTEES EX- OFFICIO Lisa Fedorovich, Co-Chair, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus Operating Committee Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University TRUSTEES EMERITI George N. Aronoff Dr. Ronald H. Bell David P. Hunt S. Lee Kohrman Raymond T. Sawyer
Ben Pyne (New York) Paul Rose (Mexico)
Dr. Patricia M. Smith, President, Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra Todd Diacon, President, Kent State University
HONORARY TRUSTEE S FOR LIFE Alex Machaskee Gay Cull Addicott Robert P. Madison Charles P. Bolton John C. Morley Jeanette Grasselli Brown The Honorable John D. Ong Allen H. Ford James S. Reid, Jr. Robert W. Gillespie
PA S T BOA R D PR E S ID E N T S D. Z. Norton 1915-21 John L. Severance 1921-36 Dudley S. Blossom 1936-38 Thomas L. Sidlo 1939-53
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
TH E C L E V E L A N D O R C H E S T R A FRANZ WELSER-MÖST, Music Director
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ADVISORY COUNCIL Larry Oscar, Chair Greg Chemnitz, Vice Chair Richard Agnes Mark J. Andreini Lissa Barry Dean Barry William P. Blair III Frank Buck Becky Bynum Phil Calabrese Paul Clark Richard Clark Kathy Coleman Judy Diehl Barbara Hawley Matt Healy Brit Hyde Rob Kochis Janet Kramer David Lamb Susan Locke
Todd Locke Amanda Martinsek Michael Mitchell Randy Myeroff George Parras Beverly Schneider Astri Seidenfeld Reg Shiverick Tom Stanton Fred Stueber Terry Szmagala Brian Tucker Peter van Dijk* Diane Wynshaw-Boris Tony Wynshaw-Boris * deceased
EUROPEAN ADVISORY BOARD Herbert Kloiber, Chair Wolfgang Berndt, Vice Chair Gabriele Eder Robert Ehrlich Peter Mitterbauer Elisabeth Umdasch
MIAMI ADVISORY COUNCIL Michael Samuels, Co-Chair Mary Jo Eaton, Co-Chair Bruce Clinton Martha Clinton Betty Fleming Joseph Fleming
Alfredo Gutierrez Luz Maria Gutierrez Maribel Piza Judy Samuels
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Franz Welser-Möst is among today’s most distinguished conductors. The 2019-20 season marks his eighteenth year as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra, with the future of this acclaimed partnership extending into the next decade. The New York Times has declared Cleveland under Welser-Möst’s direction to be the “best American orchestra“ for its virtuosity, elegance of sound, variety of color, and chamber-like musical cohesion. Under his direction, The Cleveland Orchestra has been praised for its inventive programming, its ongoing support for new musical works, and for its innovative approach to semi-staged and staged opera presentations. An imaginative approach to juxtaposing newer and older works has opened new dialogue and fresh insights for musicians and audiences alike. The Orchestra has also been hugely successful in building up a new and, notably, a young audience. As a guest conductor, Mr. WelserMöst enjoys a particularly close and Severance Hall 2019-20
productive relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic. He has twice appeared on the podium for their celebrated New Year’s Concert, and regularly conducts the orchestra in subscription concerts in Vienna, as well as on tours in Japan, China, Australia, and the United States. Highlights of his guest conducting appearances in the 2019-20 season include performances of Strauss’s Die Aegyptische Helena at Teatro alla Scala, and concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Mr. Welser-Möst is also a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, where his work leading a series of opera performances has been widely acclaimed. Franz Welser-Möst’s recordings and videos have won major international awards and honors. With The Cleveland Orchestra, his recordings include a number of DVDs on the Clasart Classic label, featuring live performances of five of Bruckner’s symphonies and a multi-DVD set of major works by Brahms. A number of his Salzburg opera productions, including Rosenkavalier, have been released internationally on DVD by Unitel. In June 2019, Mr. Welser-Möst was awarded the Gold Medal in the Arts by the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts in recognition of his long-lasting impact on the international arts community. Other honors include recognition from the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, honorary membership in the Vienna Singverein, a Decoration of Honor from the Republic of Austria for his artistic achievements, and the Kilenyi Medal from the Bruckner Society of America.
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is today hailed as one of the very best orchestras on the planet, noted for its musical excellence and for its devotion and service to the community it calls home. The 2019-20 season marks the ensemble’s eighteenth year under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, one of today’s most acclaimed musical leaders. Working together, the Orchestra and its board of trustees, staff, and volunteers have affirmed a set of community-inspired goals for the 21st century — to continue the Orchestra’s legendary command of musical excellence while focusing new efforts and resources toward fully serving its hometown community throughout Northeast Ohio. The promise of continuing extraordinary concert experiences, engaging music education programs, and innovative technologies offers future generations dynamic access to the best symphonic entertainment possible anywhere. The Cleveland Orchestra divides its time across concert seasons at home — in Cleveland’s Severance Hall and each summer at Blossom Music Center. Additional portions of the year are devoted to touring and intensive performance residencies. These include recurring residencies at Vienna’s Musikverein, and regular appearances in European music capitals, in New York, at Indiana University, and in Miami, Florida. Musical Excellence. The Cleveland Orchestra has long been committed to the pursuit of excellence in everything that it does. Its ongoing collaboration with Welser-Möst is widely-acknowledged among the best orchestra-conductor partnerships of today. Performances of standard repertoire and new works are unrivalled at home and on tour across the globe, and through recordings and broadcasts. The Orchestra’s longstanding championing of new composers and the commissioning of new works helps audiences experience music as a living language that grows with each new generation. Fruitful juxtapositions and re-examinations of classics, new recording projects and tours of varying repertoire and in different locations, and acclaimed collaborations in 20th- and 21st-century masterworks together enable The Cleveland Orchestra the ability to give musical performances second to none in the world. Serving the Community. Programs for students and engaging musical explorations for the community are core to the Orchestra’s mission, fueled by a commitment to serving Cleveland and surrounding communities. All are being created to connect people to music in the concert hall, in classrooms, and in everyday lives. Recent seasons have seen the launch of a unique series of neighborhood initiatives and performances, designed to bring the Orchestra and the citizens of NorthPHOTO BY ROGER MASTROIANNI
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Each year since 1989, The Cleveland Orchestra has presented a free concert in downtown Cleveland, with last summer’s for the ensemble’s official 100th Birthday bash. Nearly 3 million people have experienced the Orchestra through these free performances. This summer’s concert took place on August 7.
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east Ohio together in new ways. Active performance ensembles and teaching programs provide proof of the benefits of direct participation in making music for people of all ages. Future Audiences. Standing on the shoulders of more than a century of quality music education programs, the Orchestra made national and international headlines through the creation of its Center for Future Audiences in 2010. Established with a significant endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation, the Center is designed to provide ongoing funding for the Orchestra’s continuing work to develop interest in classical music among young people. The flagship “Under 18s Free” program has seen unparalleled success in increasing attendance — with 20% of attendees now comprised of concertgoers age 25 and under — as the Orchestra now boasts one of the youngest audiences for symphonic concerts anywhere. con Innovative Programming. The Cleveland Orchestra was among the first Cl Clev American orchestras heard on a regular Ame series seri of radio broadcasts, and its Severance anc Hall home was one of the first concert halls hallll in the world built with recording and h broadcasting capabilities. Today, Cleveland b bro Orchestra concerts are presented in a variOrc etyy of formats for a variety of audiences — including casual Friday night concerts, film incl scores scor performed live by the Orchestra, collaborations with pop and jazz singers, colla ll ballet ball and opera presentations, and standard repertoire juxtaposed in meaningful contexts with new and older works. Franz con W lser-Möst’s creative vision has given the Wel Orchestra an unequaled opportunity to Orc explore music as a universal language of exp p communication and understanding. com
An Enduring Tradition of Community Support. The Cleveland Orchestra was born in Cleveland, created by a group of visionary citizens who believed in the power of music and aspired to having the best performances of great orchestral music possible anywhere. Generations of Clevelanders have supported this vision and enjoyed the Orchestra’s performances as some of the best such concert experiences available in the world. Hundreds of thousands have learned to love music through its education programs and have celebrated important events with its music. While strong ticket sales cover less than half of each season’s costs, the generosity of thousands each year drives the Orchestra forward and sustains its extraordinary tradition of excellence onstage, in the classroom, and for the community. Evolving Greatness. The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918. Over the ensuing decades, the ensemble quickly
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ing performances throughout the United States and, beginning in 1957, to Europe and across the globe have confirmed Cleveland’s place among the world’s top orchestras. Year-round performances became a reality in 1968 with the opening of Blossom Music Center. Today, concert performances, community presentations, touring residencies, broadcasts, and recordings provide access to the Orchestra’s acclaimed artistry to an enthusiastic, generous, and broad constituency at home throughout Northeast Ohio and around the world. Program Book on your Phone Visit www.ExpressProgramBook.com to read bios and commentary from this book on your mobile phone before or after the concert.
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grew from a fine regional organization to being one of the most admired symphony orchestras in the world. Seven music directors have guided and shaped the ensemble’s growth and sound: Nikolai Sokoloff, 1918-33; Artur Rodzinski, 193343; Erich Leinsdorf, 1943-46; George Szell, 1946-70; Lorin Maazel, 1972-82; Christoph von Dohnányi, 1984-2002; and Franz Welser-Möst, since 2002. The opening in 1931 of Severance Hall as the Orchestra’s permanent home brought a special pride to the ensemble and its hometown. With acoustic refinements under Szell’s guidance and a building-wide restoration and expansion in 1998-2000, Severance Hall continues to provide the Orchestra an enviable and intimate sound environment in which to perfect the ensemble’s artistry. Tour-
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CELLOS Mark Kosower *
Kelvin Smith Family Chair
SECOND VIOLINS Stephen Rose* FIRST VIOLINS Peter Otto FIRST ASSOCIATE CONCERTMASTER
Virginia M. Lindseth, PhD, Chair
Jung-Min Amy Lee ASSOCIATE CONCERTMASTER
Gretchen D. and Ward Smith Chair
Jessica Lee ASSISTANT CONCERTMASTER
Clara G. and George P. Bickford Chair
Stephen Tavani ASSISTANT CONCERTMASTER
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 Zhan Shu
Alfred M. and Clara T. Rankin Chair
The GAR Foundation Chair
Charles Bernard2 Helen Weil Ross Chair
Emilio Llinás2 James and Donna Reid Chair
Bryan Dumm Muriel and Noah Butkin Chair
Eli Matthews1 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
Louis D. Beaumont Chair
Charles M. and Janet G. Kimball Chair
Stanley Konopka2 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
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 Switalski2 Scott Haigh1 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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O R C H E S T R A FLUTES Joshua Smith* Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Chair
Saeran St. Christopher Jessica Sindell2 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
Corbin Stair Sharon and Yoash Wiener Chair
Jeffrey Rathbun2 Everett D. and Eugenia S. McCurdy Chair
HORNS Nathaniel Silberschlag* George Szell Memorial Chair
Knight Foundation Chair
Jesse McCormick Robert B. Benyo Chair
Hans Clebsch Richard King Alan DeMattia
Robert and Eunice Podis Weiskopf Chair
Jack Sutte Lyle Steelman2 James P. and Dolores D. Storer Chair
ENGLISH HORN Robert Walters
CORNETS Michael Sachs* Mary Elizabeth and G. Robert Klein Chair
Michael Miller CLARINETS Afendi Yusuf* Robert Marcellus Chair
Robert Woolfrey Victoire G. and Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. Chair
Daniel McKelway2 Robert R. and Vilma L. Kohn Chair
E-FLAT CLARINET Daniel McKelway Stanley L. and Eloise M. Morgan Chair
BASSOONS John Clouser *
TROMBONES Shachar Israel2 Richard Stout Alexander and Marianna C. McAfee Chair
EUPHONIUM AND BASS TRUMPET Richard Stout TUBA Yasuhito Sugiyama* Nathalie C. Spence and Nathalie S. Boswell Chair
Louise Harkness Ingalls Chair
Gareth Thomas Barrick Stees2 Sandra L. Haslinger Chair
Jonathan Sherwin CONTRABASSOON Jonathan Sherwin
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PERCUSSION Marc Damoulakis* Margaret Allen Ireland Chair
Donald Miller Tom Freer Thomas Sherwood KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS Joela Jones* Rudolf Serkin Chair
TRUMPETS Michael Sachs*
Samuel C. and Bernette K. Jaffe Chair
Carolyn Gadiel Warner Marjory and Marc L. Swartzbaugh Chair
LIBRARIANS Robert O’Brien Joe and Marlene Toot Chair
Donald Miller ENDOWED CHAIRS CURRENTLY UNOCCUPIED Sidney and Doris Dworkin Chair Blossom-Lee Chair Sunshine Chair Myrna and James Spira Chair Gilbert W. and Louise I. Humphrey Chair
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Associate Principal First Assistant Principal Assistant Principal
CONDUCTORS Christoph von Dohnányi MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE
Vinay Parameswaran ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
TIMPANI Paul Yancich* Otto G. and Corinne T. Voss Chair
Tom Freer 2 Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Smucker Chair
Elizabeth Ring and William Gwinn Mather Chair
Lisa Wong DIRECTOR OF CHORUSES
Frances P. and Chester C. Bolton Chair
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The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst extend acclaimed partnership to 2027 Musical collaboration continues to flourish, with ambitious plans for future Worldwide performances to expand, playing more music for more people at home and around the globe On September 21, The Cleveland Orchestra announced a new five-year extension of Franz Welser-Möst’s contract as Music Director, continuing a partnership that began in 2002 to 2027. The announcement was made at Severance Hall in Cleveland at the Gala Concert opening the Orchestra’s 2019-20 season. “I am delighted to announce this extended contract, ensuring The Cleveland Orchestra’s acclaimed partnership with Franz Welser-Möst for an additional five years to 2027,” said Richard K. Smucker, Chair of the Orchestra’s Board of Trustees. “From Franz’s work here over the past quarter century, from everything we’ve witnessed and experienced across our Centennial Celebrations in 2018 to today, and through ongoing discussions and plans for the future, I know there is so much more to look forward to. This pairing, of Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra, is already among the most successful artistic partnerships in the world today. Newspapers regularly proclaim Cleveland’s Orchestra under Franz’s baton as ‘America’s finest,’ as ‘America’s best,’ as ‘one of the top three in the world.’ This recognition inspires in us great pride and deep humility — as well as extraordinary awe and thanks to these exemplary, hard-working musicians.” “But, and let me say this loud and clear,” continued Smucker. “Together we know that Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra can do even more. Franz’s vision and leadership reach across all areas of our institution, building and fostering our commitment to music education, dedicated to excellence, and determined to play more music for more people, to inspire young and old alike through the incredible power of music.” Franz Welser-Möst first appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra as a guest conductor in February 1993. He was invited to return every season beginning in 1994, and was chosen and announced in 1999 as the Orchestra’s seventh Music Director, succeeding Christoph von Dohnányi, who served as music director from 1984
until 2002. Welser-Möst’s tenure began with the 2002-03 season. “I am humbled by the faith that the musicians of the Orchestra and everyone in Cleveland has placed in my hands,” commented Franz WelserMöst. “From the beginning, I have been inspired by Cleveland’s musicians and by the support and keen interest that the entire Cleveland community provides to The Cleveland Orchestra. I continue to be energized by these incredible artists and by all that we are able to do together. There is no better place in the world to work and to create music together than what The Cleveland Orchestra and community have offered to me.” “I first conducted The Cleveland Orchestra in 1993 and I then spent a decade leading performances as a guest conductor here,” continued Welser-Möst. “So that even before I accepted the artistic leadership role here, I believed that Cleveland offered an opportunity to take a level of accomplished artistry and deeply-held traditions of excellence, and to grow even further, into something truly extraordinary together. I am humbled and excited by what we have already achieved together, and am looking forward to how much more we will do in years ahead. To remain connected with our audiences, to make a difference in our changing world, requires that we constantly evolve and thrive in new ways. The Cleveland Orchestra, and the entire community here, continually demonstrate a curiosity and willingness to learn that inspires me. I am eager to continue this wonderful relationship with this dynamic community.” “The relationship between Franz Welser-Möst and the musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra continues to flourish and evolve,” said André Gremillet, the Orchestra’s President & CEO. “This Orchestra has long been recognized as one of the best in the world. Whether we’re playing at home in Ohio, in Miami, New York, or across Europe or Asia, The Cleveland Orchestra is consistently acclaimed for its artistry, musicality, and unrivaled excellence. Under Franz’s leadership, it has grown even further,
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both artistically and in deepening its close and storied relationship with the larger Cleveland community. Musically, it has become a more agile ensemble, refining its chamber-music like approach to music-making in order to consistently offer performances of incredible finesse, unmatched subtlety, and deep meaning. Under Franz’s leadership and with his innovative programming, The Cleveland Orchestra’s audiences have grown bigger and, most notably, they have grown younger as we attract students and young people from across the region.” In announcing the news, Richard Waugh, chair of the Musicians’ Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra, commented: “There is a strong sense of understanding and mutual respect between Franz Welser-Möst and the musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra. There is a sense of excitement, willingness and ability to collaborate within this Orchestra that makes each rehearsal, each performance into a unique opportunity for sharing and teamwork. Franz WelserMöst has enhanced and increased our understanding and potential as an ensemble, which makes for a wonderful collegial environment onstage for everyone. We are looking forward to our ongoing music-making with him.” The announcement and accompanying news release detailed a variety of plans that are in development or already in place for future seasons, including new and ongoing programs to further eliminate barriers to attending the Orchestra’s education and community engagement initiatives. Also detailed were the launch of a new series of recordings showcasing WelserMöst and the Orchestra, as well as opera offerings for the next five seasons. “Franz Welser-Möst’s reputation for insightful leadership and programming draws musicians from around the world, both as guests and to audition for the Orchestra itself,” said Mark Williams, Chief Artistic Officer of The Cleveland Orchestra. “Part of his success in making Cleveland a destination for opera is his ability to discover and nurture
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the best singers worldwide. He has recognized the potential of many singers from the beginning of their careers and helped mentor them into the wellknown artists they are today. But without seeking credit or publicity — simply by inviting them to work in Cleveland in unique opera presentations and other repertoire. He has done much the same over the past two decades working with a series of emerging composers, encouraging and supporting their work through performances and commissions, building on The Cleveland Orchestra’s long history of commissioning and presenting new works.” “I believe that part of each season should always be about discovery, for the Orchestra’s musicians, for guest artists, for the audiences,” said Franz Welser-Möst. “Our role as musicians is not simply to play music that we all know and love, but also to explore, whether they are new works or ‘undiscovered gems’ from the past that are new for the audience and the Orchestra, but deserve to be heard. For me, too, it is important to study and learn new works, and to encourage a curiosity about the many shapes and styles of music — for the audience, within the Orchestra, and for myself. Learning keeps us alive and helps us to understand and share music as a language in new ways.” To read the complete news release detailing future plans related to Franz Welser-Möst’s ongoing tenure as music director, please visit clevelandorchestra.com.
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Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated in free events with concert on January 12 and open house on January 20 On Sunday, January 12, The Cleveland Orchestra performs its 40th annual concert celebrating the spirit of Dr. King’s life, leadership, and service through musical performance and community recognition. The performance will be conducted by Cleveland Orchestra assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran, leading musical selections with the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus, a group of volunteer singers from across Northeast Ohio assembled and prepared each year by William Henry Caldwell. Video segments will also be featured as part of this year’s concert, creating a multi-media presentation. The concert begins with the presentation of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards, given jointly by The Cleveland Orchestra and the City of Cleveland to individuals who are positively impacting Cleveland in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. King. The concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets were made available through The Cleveland Orchestra’s website January 4 and were sold out in half an hour. Those without tickets can experience the concert’s music and celebration by live radio broadcast over WCLV (104.9 FM), as well as online streaming at clevelandorchestra.com and via the Orchestra’s Facebook and YouTube channels. A week later, on MLK Day, Monday, January 20, Severance Hall hosts its eighteenth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Open House from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The afternoon features activities and performances including, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, a presentation of “400: An Afrikan Epic.” This musical performance, led by Mark Lomax III, addresses the 400th anniversary of slavery in America, the ripple effects of its consequences, and offers optimism for the future. For a complete detailing of the open house schedule, please visit www.clevelandorchestra.com. Severance Hall 2019-20
National telecast for Cleveland Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert 2018 concert released nationally American Public Television (APT), a leading syndicator of top-rated programming to the country’s public television stations, selected ideastream’s production, “Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert with The Cleveland Orchestra,” for national distribution. Stations across the United States have the opportunity to telecast the program beginning in January 2020. For Northeast Ohio audiences, WVIZ/PBS ideastream has scheduled broadcasts on Sunday, January 19 at 6 p.m. and Monday, January 20 at 10 p.m. The program features The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2018 live concert conducted by music director Franz Welser-Möst, showcasing the moving and inspiring community celebration honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The telecast program, jointly created two years ago by ideastream in partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra, is a tribute to the slain civil rights leader as told through music and Dr. King’s own words. The moving and inspiring program features music specially selected to relate to themes in speeches by Dr. King, excerpts of which are included in the hour-long program. KeyBank sponsored the 2018 concert and program.
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orchestra news New subscriber-donor lounge launched with 2019-20 season at Severance Hall The Cleveland Orchestra inaugurates a new subscriber benefit with the start of the 2019-20 season. Named the Lotus Club, this stylish and contemporary lounge was designed by Arhaus Furniture and encourages members to celebrate the rich history and elegant decor of Severance Hall — in an intimate space featuring cozy seating areas and an impressive selection of light bites, local beers, spirits, and other refreshments. The Club is located in the Taplin Room just off the main level of the concert hall; access is also available from the building’s groundfloor and via a special members entrance to Severance Hall along Euclid Avenue. The Lotus Club is open two hours before the Orchestra’s classical subscription series concerts and during intermission throughout the entire season. Two levels of membership
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are available. Patrons with a subscription of four or more concerts who donate $600-$2,499 to the Annual Fund receive Platinum Membership cards and have unlimited access to the Lotus Club. Patrons with a subscription of four or more concerts donating $150-$599 receive Gold Membership cards, providing access to the Club once per season. In addition to light food and beverage service provided by Marigold Catering, the lounge features private restrooms, televisions, and a variety of entrance options. For information about becoming a Lotus Club member, please contact the Orchestra’s Ticket Office at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141.
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Spring festival to foster discussion about the role of art in society, government censorship, and prejudice The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the name of its groundbreaking citywide festival, Censored: Art & Power, r scheduled for spring 2020. The festival is centered around the Orchestra’s performances of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu in May 2020, and seeks to spur discussion about the role of art in society, government censorship, and prejudice, taking as a starting point the Degenerate Art & Music movement in Nazi Germany. As a major focal point of the Orchestra’s 2019-20 season, the festival will feature a variety of collaborative presentations surrounding and leading up to the opera performances (May 16, 19, and 22). Newly-announced details include: Education programming in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves, which will provide Cleveland area teachers and students with resources to help them engage in meaningful conversations about racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism; An exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art honoring artists from its collection whose work was removed by Nazis and featured in Germany’s 1937 Degenerate Art presentations; A Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque screening of G.W. Pabst’s 1929 German film Pandora’s Box, x which was inspired by the same plays in Frank Wedekind’s “Lulu” cycle that Berg adapted for the libretto of his opera; And lectures will be hosted by Beachwood’s Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Additional details of these and other partner events will be announced in the months ahead. During the festival in May 2020, The Cleveland Orchestra and music director Franz WelserMöst will focus on the opera Lulu, which German composer Alban Berg wrote during the Nazi rise to power in the early 1930s. Looking at both the abusive and oppressive subject matter of the opera itself and how government censorship halted the work’s premiere, the Censored: Art & Power festival is designed to explore the ways in which music and composers at the time were damaged by the prejudice, propaganda, political control, and hate that surrounded what became
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ART & POWER known as the Degenerate Art & Music movement instigated across Germany in the decade before the Second World War. In addition to banning artworks, musical performances, and literature that didn’t conform to the Third Reich’s idea of classical beauty, the Nazi Party held a series of widely-attended public exhibitions providing examples of art and music it believed was harmful or decadent — due to Jewish, Communist, African American, Modernist, and other minority influences. “One of the highlights of this coming season is the opera Lulu,”” says Franz Welser-Möst. “It is an intense and challenging work both musically and in its subject matter. Yet this kind of programming is successful in Cleveland because we have such an extraordinary, adventurous, and open audience.” “With the festival we are creating around Lulu,” he continues, “we will look at the relationship of art and politics in Berg’s lifetime — of how certain music in the 1920s and ‘30s was politically abandoned and prohibited. We are featuring works by Erwin Schulhoff, Ernst Krenek, and others — works that the Nazis labeled ‘Entartete Musik’ or Degenerate Music.” “It was a period of autocratic, authoritarian regimes who condemned any artistic expression outside of their narrow view with a heavy hand. Artists and their work were prohibited through censorship. Just as the character of Lulu is abused and abusive in her own way, we will look into how music and art can be abused by a system — and how a system can turn people on one another. These are important topics, not only from the past but also in today’s world,” says Welser-Möst.
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A Phone Call That Changed My Life by Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet
“Pack your bags, young man. You’re the new Principal Trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra.” I’ll never forget the phone call from David Zauder (longtime Orchestra Personnel Manager and Second Trumpet) on May 12, 1988 that changed my life forever. The call that brought me to this incredible orchestra and community of people, like BMM PGyouJOUIFBVEJFODF, who so greatly value music. When I first moved to Cleveland all those years ago, I was struck by the grandeur of Severance Hall, the polish of the ensemble – and, most of all, the support of this community. The reason The Cleveland Orchestra has thrived for over 100 years is because of people like you. As a dedicated supporter of the Orchestra, you bring life-changing music to the stage week after week for our Cleveland community. It has been the great honor of my lifetime to be in this ensemble, in this city, and it has given me so much. This orchestra raised me and taught me the “Cleveland Orchestra way” which, as it turns out, is very much the Cleveland way. Cleveland – and all of Northeast Ohio – is about family. It’s about tradition, pride, and a sense of belonging.
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At just four years old, young Michael Sachs knew he wanted to play the trumpet, but found out he couldn’t start until his front teeth came in! At six and a half, he finally got his hands on one – and never looked back. Michael loves this photo from his childhood because “besides the puffed out cheeks,” his expression remains the same all these years later.
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