Regional Orchestra of the Week: Cleveland Orchestra, OH
Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and at each summer's Blossom Festival, in residencies from Miami to Vienna to New York, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement.
The 2011-12 season marked the tenth year of the Orchestra's partnership with Franz Welser-Möst. Together, they have earned The Cleveland Orchestra unprecedented residencies in the United States and in Europe, including one at the Musikverein in Vienna - the first of its kind by an American orchestra. Franz Welser-Möst and the Orchestra's 2010 tour of Japan and Korea was their tenth international tour together. The Orchestra regularly appears at European festivals, including an ongoing series of biennial residencies at the Lucerne Festival (featuring Roche Commissions, a project involving the Orchestra, the Festival, and Carnegie Hall). The Orchestra returns to Vienna in the autumn of 2011 for its fifth Musikverein Residency as part of a European tour.
In the United States, Mr. Welser-Möst and the Orchestra have toured from coast to coast, including regular appearances at Carnegie Hall, and in January 2007 began an unprecedented long-term residency project in Miami, Florida, where they perform annually at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and provide a wide array of community and educational activities. Summer 2011 marked the beginning of a biennial residency at New York's Lincoln Center Festival, starting with orchestral concerts featuring the music of Bruckner and Adams. The Orchestra has also begun a series of residencies at Indiana University, performing and interacting with students at the Jacobs School of Music.