Cleveland Orchestra Opens Season With Andsnes and Quasthoff

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The Cleveland Orchestra opens its 2006-07 season this evening with a special gala concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of Severance Hall, the orchestra's renowned home.

Music director Franz Welser-M‹st conducts the orchestra in festive music by "waltz king" Johann Strauss, Jr., Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 and songs from Mahler's collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Joining the Clevelanders are two renowned soloists: pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and baritone Thomas Quasthoff.

Andsnes stays on to perform the Mozart concerto at a matinee concert tomorrow at 3 pm. Also on the program, which will be conducted by Welser-M‹st, are Dvoršk's Symphony No. 5 and the US premiere of Hanspeter Kyburz's touch_, featuring soprano Laura Aikin and tenor John Mark Ainsley.

The Cleveland Orchestra then travels east to New York, where it will open Carnegie Hall's 2006-07 season with the same program it performs tonight. The band stays on for two further concerts on October 5 and 7, including the Kyburz, the Dvoršk, Debussy's La Mer, Bruckner's Fifth Symphony and arias by Mozart sung by Quasthoff.

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 Atmosphres and Sibelius's Tapiola.

New music is also highlighted: the orchestra will perform, in addition to the Kyburz, Osvaldo Golijov's Last Round; 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.

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 concertos. Other soloists featured during the upcoming season 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 a number of 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.

The season will end on June 7 and 9, 2007, with Welser-M‹st conducting two concert performances of Richard Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier. Dorothea R‹schmann will sing the Marschallin, with Katarina Karn_us as Octavian, Malin Hartelius as Sophie and Alfred Muff as Baron Ochs.

For more information on the Cleveland Orchestra's 2006-07 season, visit www.clevelandorch.com.


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