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The Cleveland Orchestra announces Indiana University residency activities for January 2010

The Cleveland Orchestra announces Indiana University residency activities for January 2010

Indiana University and The Cleveland Orchestra today (Dec. 18) announced details of The Cleveland Orchestra's newly established Indiana University Residency, to take place Jan. 18-21, 2010.

The IU Jacobs School of Music has partnered with IU Auditorium to present The Cleveland Orchestra concert and to broaden the orchestra's visit so that it brings additional learning opportunities to students on campus and in the community. For a complete schedule of events scheduled during the residency, see http://music.indiana.edu/publicity/cleveland.

New Indiana University Residency

The Cleveland Orchestra will launch its first residency at IU in January. The IU Residency will include a performance by The Cleveland Orchestra during IU Auditorium's season of events along with master classes, coachings, arts administration seminars, and other community and educational activities.

"We are absolutely delighted to be able to provide our students with such an extraordinary opportunity to interact with and learn from so many world-class musicians in one setting from one of the nation's greatest orchestras," said IU President Michael McRobbie. "I am sure The Cleveland Orchestra will find a warm and enthusiastic welcome here at Indiana University, because our renownEd Jacobs School of Music has cultivated a large and devoted following of classical music enthusiasts who regularly attend the school's performances. This will truly be a major highlight of the IU Auditorium season."

Performance at Indiana University Auditorium

The centerpiece of the residency will be an appearance by The Cleveland Orchestra led by Franz Welser-Möst on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m., at the IU Auditorium. The performance will feature Brahms' Symphony No. 2; Wagner's Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; and Adès' Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz as soloist.

"The Cleveland Orchestra, the first world-renowned orchestra to visit Bloomington since 1991, will provide an incredible opportunity for IU to celebrate the finest in classical music and will prove to be a remarkable model for multidisciplinary student interaction," said IU Auditorium Director Doug Booher. "The concert at the Auditorium will be a fulfilling night of classical music favorites -- a memorable experience for the entire audience."

The Cleveland Orchestra's 2010 Indiana University Residency will include a variety of educational activities with Franz Welser-Möst and members of The Cleveland Orchestra.

"Over its history, the Jacobs School has experienced a close relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra," said Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards. "Faculty have come to us from the orchestra, and Jacobs School alumni have held positions in its ranks. Just last week, the orchestra announced that Distinguished Professor Janos Starker's student and IU alumnus Mark Kosower was named principal cello.

"It is in this context that the orchestra arrives in Bloomington to be welcomed by a collegial faculty, a grateful student body and an admiring public. We look forward to its much-anticipated residency and express our gratitude for the partnership with Doug Booher of the IU Auditorium in making this visit possible," Richards said.

The residency launches with a chamber music concert featuring members of The Cleveland Orchestra on Monday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m., at IU's Auer Concert Hall. The program includes Rossini's Duetto for Cello and Double Bass; Ravel's Piano Trio in A Minor; Parpinelli and Cortes' Four Brazilian Dances for Double Bass and Piano; and Piazzolla's Milonga del ángel and Libertango.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Franz Welser-Möst will lead a coaching session with the IU Philharmonic, and assistant conductors Tito Muñoz and James Feddeck will lead side-by-side rehearsals with members of The Cleveland Orchestra and students from two IU orchestras. In these sessions, members of the orchestra and IU students will jointly rehearse Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and selections from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, both pieces the orchestra will perform during the Jan. 20 IU Auditorium concert.

On Jan. 20, students at the IU Jacobs School of Music are invited to attend The Cleveland Orchestra's rehearsal at 10 a.m. Later that day, members of the orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst will hold a variety of orchestral repertoire classes, mock auditions and a student composition reading session.

A Cleveland Orchestra musician also will offer a program for students in the intensive violin project at Fairview Elementary School in Bloomington. The project, directed by IU Associate Professor of Violin Brenda Brenner and taught by numerous assistant instructors, gives first- and second-grade students an opportunity to take violin lessons three times a week throughout the school year.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, the Cleveland Orchestra's residency concludes with an Orchestra Management Seminar for students at the Jacobs School, the IU College of Arts and Sciences, and the arts administration program of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Members of The Cleveland Orchestra senior management will present an overview of orchestra management and address a range of issues currently facing arts organizations.

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, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, creative programming and community engagement.

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