Cleveland Orchestra to Begin Tour to DC, NYC, Europe Next Week

Classic Arts News   Cleveland Orchestra to Begin Tour to DC, NYC, Europe Next Week
This coming weekend, the Cleveland Orchestra and music director Franz Welser-M‹st depart for a three-week, eleven-concert tour of Europe that includes a residency at the Musikverein, the fabled home of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Before crossing the Atlantic, however, the Clevelanders are stopping off on the East Coast to play one concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (next Monday, Oct. 10) and three programs at Carnegie Hall in New York over the rest of the week. On tap in both cities are Mozart's Symphony No. 28, Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony and John Adams's Guide to Strange Places; also planned for Carnegie Hall are Debussy's Iberia, Matthias Pintscher's Five Orchestral Pieces (a Cleveland Orchestra commission receiving its New York premiere), Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (with soloists Malin Hartelius and Bernarda Fink).

The European tour, running Oct. 21-28, includes stops in Birmingham, Cardiff (the orchestra's Welsh debut), Brussels (as part of the Klara Festival, presented by Belgium's Flemish-language classical radio network), Luxembourg, Cologne (two concerts) and Friedrichshafen, Germany. In addition to the Mozart, Mahler, Debussy and Pintscher works, the tour programming includes Bruckner's Symphony No. 9.

Welser-M‹st and the orchestra continue to Vienna for the third of their biennial residencies at the Musikverein, with four concerts from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. The Clevelanders' performances of the Bruckner Ninth Symphony — programmed with Gy‹rgy Ligeti's Lontano on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 — will be recorded for television broadcast and DVD release. (A similar broadcast, of Welser-M‹st conducting the orchestra in Bruckner's Fifth Symphony at the Abbey of St. Florian in 2005, is already available on DVD.)

For more information on the Cleveland Orchestra and its performances at home in Severance Hall, on tour and at the Carnival Center in Miami, visit

Cleveland Orchestra - Fall 2007 Tour Schedule

Oct. 15 - Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Oct. 16 - Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Oct. 17 - Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Oct. 18 - Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Oct. 21 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
Oct. 22 - St. David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales
Oct. 23 - Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Oct. 24 - Salle de Concerts Grand-Duchesse
Jos_phine-Charlotte, Luxembourg
Oct. 26 - K‹lner Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany
Oct. 27 - K‹lner Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany
Oct. 28 - Graf-Zeppelin-Haus, Friedrichshafen, Germany

Oct. 30 - Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
Oct. 31 - Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
Nov. 1 - Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
Nov. 2 - Musikverein, Vienna, Austria

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