The season opens on September 30 with a gala concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of Severance Hall. Franz Welser-M‹st will lead bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff in Mozart concert arias and Leif Ove Andsnes in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17.
Throughout the season, Welser-M‹st will conduct works rarely performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, including Ginastera's Variaciones Concertantes, Kodšly's Peacock Variations, Ligeti's Atmosphres, and Sibelius's Tapiola.
New music is also highlighted: the orchestra will perform Golijov's Last Round and Rouse's Rapture. World premieres include Richard Sortomme's viola concerto, written for Cleveland Orchestra principal violist Robert Vernon, and a new work by British composer Julian Anderson. The orchestra will also give the U.S. premiere of a work by Hanspeter Kyburz.
German conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher will lead the U.S. premiere of his cello concerto Reflections on Narcissus; cellist Truls Mêªrk, for whom it was written; will be the soloist.
Mitsuko Uchida will conclude a five-year project begun in the 2002-03 season to perform the complete Mozart piano concerto cycle. Other soloists include pianists Emanuel Ax, Horacio Guti_rrez, and Stephen Hough and violinists Hilary Hahn, Sergei Khachatryan, and Gil Shaham.
Welser-M‹st will also lead the orchestra in repertoire staples including Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 2, Mahler's Symphony No. 1, Mozart's Symphony No. 38 ("Prague"), and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.
Soloists have not yet been announced for the concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier.