Cleveland Orchestra Opens Season at Severance Hall

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The Cleveland Orchestra opens its 2005-06 season, its 75th at Severance Hall, with a concert tonight featuring Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, Ives' Second Symphony, and Brahms' First Symphony. Music director Franz Welser-M‹st conducts.

The program repeats on September 24.

The orchestra's 2005-06 season will include a world premiere work by Georg Friedrich Haas, concert performances of Verdi's Falstaff with bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, and a series of performances celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolgang Amadeus Mozart.

Haas's Poeme, which was commissioned by the orchestra, is scheduled for March 2006. The season also includes the American premieres of Diptych by Julian Anderson, the orchestra's newly appointed Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow; Chen Yi's Si Ji (Four Seasons), which the orchestra will debuted at the Lucerne Festival in August; and Marc-Andr_ Dalbavie's Piano Concerto, with Leif Ove Andsnes, which premiered at the BBC Proms this past summer.

The Mozart on the schedule includes two weeks of piano concertos performed and conducted by Mitsuko Uchida, the orchestra's artist in residence, as part of a five-year cycle of the composer's concertos.

Also among the guest soloists on the schedule are pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard; violinist Leila Josefowicz; sopranos Heidi Grant Murphy, Felicity Lott, and Karita Mattila; mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; and baritones Thomas Hampson and Simon Keenlyside.

Music director Franz Welser-M‹st will conduct 12 weeks of concerts, leading, among other works, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Messiaen's TurangalêÎla-symphonie, Thomas Ads' Chamber Symphony, Mahler's Symphony No. 9, and the Haydn Trumpet Concerto.

Guest conductors include the New York Philharnmonic's Lorin Maazel, music director of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1972 to 1982; Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony; Vladimir Ashkenazy, the orchestra's former principal guest conductor; Donald Runnicles, music director of the San Francisco Opera; and Osmo V‹nsk‹, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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