Cleveland Orchestra announces Miami Residency activities for January/February 2009

Cleveland Orchestra announces Miami Residency activities for January/February 2009

January concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County include works by Shostakovich and Wagner conducted by Franz Welser-Möst

Miami City Ballet and Cleveland Orchestra launch new partnership with See The Music, Hear The Dancing performance and benefit dinner January 29, 2009, at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Chamber music performance and discussion at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University and Music and the Brain dialogue with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and Ali R. Rezai, MD, director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Neurological Restoration, at Books and Books

Collaborations continue and expand New World Symphony, University of Miami Frost of School of Music, and area schools

CLEVELAND, January 6, 2009 – The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency enters its third year at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in January 2009 with a week of subscription concerts featuring Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”) and Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Songs with soprano Measha Brueggergosman as soloist.
The third season in the Orchestra’s multi-year residency project has developed and expanded community programs and will continue to include service to the Miami community through educational partnerships. The Orchestra’s residency activities in Miami were conceived and made possible with the leadership of the Musical Arts Association of Miami, the Miami-based board governing the Orchestra’s Miami Residency. For the 2009 season, these Cleveland Orchestra collaborations again feature professional-level training for New World Symphony fellows and the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music students, including master classes led by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, reading sessions of new music, and access to Cleveland Orchestra working rehearsals. The Cleveland Orchestra will also support school music programs in both public and independent schools by working with the schools to provide coachings and master classes for youth musicians. Overall, The Cleveland Orchestra will reach nearly 7,000 people with educational and community engagement activities over the course of the 2009 residency, including nearly 4,000 students from Miami-area public and private schools who will attend April Education Concerts.

Cleveland Orchestra Subscription Concerts
The Cleveland Orchestra’s first concert program at the Adrienne Arsht Center for 2009, on January 30 and 31, features Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leading the Orchestra in performances of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”) and Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Songs with soprano Measha Brueggergosman as soloist. The Orchestra’s second concert program, on March 6 and 7, features Kurt Masur leading the Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, “Leonore” Overture No. 3, and Piano Concerto No. 1 with Louis Lortie as soloist. The Orchestra’s third concert program, on April 3 and 4, features Pinchas Steinberg leading the Orchestra in performances of Barber’s Overture to The School for Scandal, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Nikolaj Znaider as soloist.
Pre-Concert Conversations are presented one hour before every Cleveland Orchestra subscription concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Free to concert ticket holders, these Conversations are designed to enrich the concert-going experience by providing insight into the music performed at the concerts, or interviews with performing artists. The Pre-Concert Conversations for the January 30 and 31 concerts will feature Juan Carlos Espinosa, associate dean and fellow of the Honors College, Florida International University.
The Cleveland Orchestra’s subscription series is presented by the Musical Arts Association of Miami and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

Cleveland Orchestra and Miami City Ballet Launch New Collaboration
with Performance and Benefit Dinner on January 29

On January 29, 2009, Miami City Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra will join forces to launch a collaboration with a one-night-only performance, See The Music, Hear The Dancing, at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House in Miami.
To celebrate this collaboration, an elegant benefit dinner will be held immediately after the performance, on-stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall. The event proceeds benefit The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency and Miami City Ballet. Tickets for the performance and dinner are $1,000 and can be purchased by contacting Rebecca Interian at (305) 929-7000, ext. 1445. Tables are also available for purchase. Cocktail attire is suggested.
The event’s name, See The Music Hear The Dancing, comes from a quote by the legendary George Balanchine. The program features Miami City Ballet performing two ballets by George Balanchine: Symphony in Three Movements set to music by Igor Stravinsky and Symphony in C with music by Georges Bizet. In addition to performing the music to the ballets, The Cleveland Orchestra will also perform Tchaikovsky’s “Polacca” from The Sleeping Beauty and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture (“Fingal’s Cave”), Opus 26.
Approximately 300 distinguished artists and guests of both organizations are expected to attend, including the Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, Edward Villella, and the Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst.
The event is chaired by Jan R. Lewis and Dr. Margaret Eidson. The host committee includes: Adrienne Arsht, Ana Codina Barlick & Robert Barlick, Jr., Audre & Don Carlin, Lora & Fred Drasner, Dr. Margaret & Mike Eidson, Hector Fortun, Marvin Ross Friedman & Adrienne bon Haes, Pamela Garrison & R. Kirk Landon, Jan R. & Dan Lewis, Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Penny & Roe Stamps, and Janet & Richard Yulman.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is the presenting sponsor and has awarded the project a grant from the Knight Foundation Arts Partnership, a five-year, $40 million initiative to transform the arts in South Florida. The effort includes endowment grants to leading arts institutions, plus a community-wide contest to fund the best arts ideas.
Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of communities in the United States where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. Knight Foundation invests in ideas and projects that can lead to transformational change.

Opportunities for New World Symphony musicians,
University of Miami students, and area high-school students
Music Director Franz Welser-Möst continues The Cleveland Orchestra’s relationship with the New World Symphony and the University of Miami Frost School of Music during the Orchestra’s annual Miami residencies.
In addition, Cleveland Orchestra musicians will continue to support school music programs in both public and private schools in the Miami area. In January, Cleveland Orchestra musicians will provide coachings at New World School of the Arts and Coral Reef High School (Miami-Dade County Public Schools) as well as coachings and master classes at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove.

New Community Collaborations in January 2009
During the January residency, members of The Cleveland Orchestra will participate in an exploration of the music and politics of Stalin’s Russia on Tuesday, January 27, at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami Beach. In conjunction with the Orchestra’s performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”), Juan Carlos Espinosa, associate dean and fellow at the Honors College, Florida International University, will explore music and politics in Stalin’s Russia at this lecture/performance that will conclude with members of The Cleveland Orchestra performing Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8.
The Wolfsonian is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technological changes that have transformed our world. The collections comprise approximately 120,000 objects from the period of 1885 to 1945—the height of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the Second World War—in a variety of media including furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals.
Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and Ali R. Rezai, M.D., the director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Neurological Restoration, will hold a special Music and the Brain dialogue at Books & Books in Coral Gables. The discussion will examine new understandings about the vast impact of music on the human brain, including a question-and-answer session followed by a short chamber music performance. Discussion topics will include the unique way in which music and the brain interact, the impact of music on health, and a sociological perspective of the role of the arts in neuroscience. This program is part of a recently launched international collaboration between The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Clinic.
Books & Books, Coral Gables was founded by Mitchell Kaplan in 1982. Since that time, the store has become one of the most well-respected independent bookstores in the country. It’s a local landmark and an inspiring gathering place for writers as well as readers. The philosophy at Books & Books has remained constant throughout the years: it’s about neighbors, books, history, quality, tradition and creativity. Since 1982, Books & Books has hosted local, national and international writers as part of its award-winning Reading Series. Books & Books hosts reading groups, poetry groups, free workshops and lectures, and partners with many cultural, educational and charitable organizations to present special events at its four locations.
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Miami Residency adds to Orchestra’s existing long-term
performance relationships and residencies in New York, Lucerne, Salzburg and Vienna
The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency project commenced in January 2007, during the 2006-07 inaugural season of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (then called Carnival Center for the Performing Arts). The Orchestra’s residency project in Miami includes an annual series of subscription concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center as well as service to the Miami community through educational activities. The 2008 Miami residency served more than 20,000 members of the Miami-Dade community through concerts, educational programs, collaborative performances, and patron events. These included three weekends of sold-out subscription concerts; a performance celebrating Israel at 60, presented in partnership with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation; and free Education Concerts for more than 3,500 fifth graders at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall.
The Cleveland Orchestra’s commitment to education and community service began when the Orchestra was founded in 1918, and today more than 70,000 Cleveland-area schoolchildren, teachers, families, young musicians and adult learners participate in the Orchestra’s educational programs in Cleveland designed to nurture a lifelong love of music. With its Florida-based educational activities, the Orchestra continues to broaden its role with universities and conservatories, which previously focused on the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
In addition to its residency at the Adrienne Arsht Center, The Cleveland Orchestra currently has three other intensive and regular performing relationships, including residencies, outside of Cleveland: with Carnegie Hall in New York, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, and the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. Continuing a long relationship with Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra committed to a multi-year association of performances there under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst. With Carnegie Hall and the Lucerne Festival, the Orchestra is involved in a biennial commissioning project, the Roche Commissions, which include world premiere performances by the Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival. The Orchestra has performed at the Lucerne Festival four times since 2004, most recently in August 2008. The Musikverein Residency was conceived as a long-term relationship, which includes series of concerts at the Musikverein under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst. The Orchestra’s five concerts at the Musikverein in 2003 marked the first such residency by an American orchestra in the history of that venue. In its third Musikverein Residency, the Orchestra performed four concerts at the Musikverein in October/November 2007. During their Salzburg Festival Residency in August 2008, the Orchestra and Mr. Welser-Möst made five appearances in a new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka, and performed three additional concert programs.
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Concert Tickets
Subscription inquiries should be directed to the Box Office at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County at (305) 949-6722 or online at clevelandorchestramiami.com. Individual tickets for Cleveland Orchestra subscription concerts are available through the Arsht Center Box Office at (305) 949-6722 or online at thearshtcenter.org.
Music lovers interested in Cleveland Orchestra performances in Miami can be added to the priority mailing list by emailing miami@clevelandorchestra.com or calling (305) 372-7747.
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A revised calendar for The Cleveland Orchestra’s January 2009 Miami Residency activities follows this release. Photographs and additional information on the 2009 Miami Residency are available upon request.
More information about The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami Residency is available at clevelandorchestramiami.com.

Contact: Ana Papakhian, (216) 231-7476 / anap@clevelandorchestra.com
Jennifer Schlosser, (216) 231-7518 / jschlosser@clevelandorchestra.com

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2009
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA MIAMI RESIDENCY
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Activities with educational partners are open to students at those institutions, unless otherwise noted.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 1:10 – 3:45 p.m.
WORKING REHEARSAL WITH NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
New World School of the Arts
Jayce Ogren, conductor

Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Jayce Ogren will work with high-school orchestral musicians at the New World School of the Arts, a magnet arts high school that is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Miami Dade College, and the University of Florida.

Venue Information:
New World School of the Arts
300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at 7 p.m.
Recognition • Reflection • Remembrance
Wolfsonian-FIU
Performance by Members of The Cleveland Orchestra
Speaker: Juan Carlos Espinosa, associate dean and fellow, the Honors College, Florida International University

In conjunction with The Cleveland Orchestra’s Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31, performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”), an exploration of music and politics in Stalin’s Russia is presented at the Wolfsonian. A ruthless dictator with a dangerous interest in culture, Stalin was the final arbiter of what was truly Soviet music. Composers, like all other Soviet citizens, had to navigate through the shifting and arbitrary rules of the state in order to survive. Some composers adhered fanatically to the official line and others were mortal victims of the Stalinist terror – executed, imprisoned in the Gulag, some never to return. Hear this story told through music.

Venue Information:
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
To reserve your tickets, email Miami@clevelandorchestra.com.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
COACHINGS AT MIAMI-DADE COUNTY SCHOOLS
Coral Reef High School

A group of Cleveland Orchestra string and woodwind musicians work with high school orchestral and band students at Coral Reef High School, Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Venue Information:
Coral Reef High School
10101 SW 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33157

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
TRI-COUNTY MASTER CLASS AT RANSOM EVERGLADES SCHOOL STUDENTS
Lewis Family Auditorium

Musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra will work with talented young band musicians from a tri-county area on the campus of Ransom Everglades School, an independent, co-ed school serving students in grades six through twelve. The spirit of Ransom Everglades’s commitment to its students is exemplified through its emphasis on Tradition, Thinking, Teamwork, Talent and Technology.

Venue Information:
Ransom Everglades Upper School
3575 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133-5993

Thursday, January 29, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
SEE THE MUSIC, HEAR THE DANCING
MIAMI CITY BALLET/CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Performance and Benefit
Ziff Ballet Opera House, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Juan Francisco La Manna, conductor

TCHAIKOVSKY “Polacca” from The Sleeping Beauty
STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements*
MENDELSSOHN The Hebrides Overture (“Fingal’s Cave”), Opus 26
BIZET Symphony No. 1 in C major*

*Performed with Miami City Ballet – Choreography by George Balanchine

Presenting Sponsor: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Performance Tickets: $19-$175
For Benefit Tickets, please call Rebecca Johnson at (305) 929-7000, ext. 1445

All proceeds from See The Music, Hear The Dancing will benefit Miami City Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Venue Information:
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL 33132
Box Office phone: (305) 949-6722

Friday, January 30, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
OPEN REHEARSAL FOR FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC STUDENTS, NEW WORLD SYMPHONY FELLOWS, and students from NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS and CORAL REEF HIGH SCHOOL
Knight Concert Hall, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano

Repertoire to be rehearsed:

WAGNER Wesendonck Songs
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”)

Rehearsal open to Frost School of Music students, New World Symphony fellows, New World School of the Arts, Florida International University music students, and music students from select Miami-Dade County Public School District High Schools.

Venue Information:
Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
For more information, please email Miami@clevelandorchestra.com
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Friday, January 30, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT
Knight Concert Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano

WAGNER Wesendonck Songs
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”)

Pre-Concert Conversation at 7:00 p.m. – Recognition • Reflection • Remembrance
Juan Carlos Espinosa, associate dean and fellow of the Honors College, Florida International University, will speak about politics, oppression, and censorship differences to recognize a time when artists were censored and oppressed by political forces.

Tickets:
$150, $95, Limited availability $80, $65, $45, $20

This performance is presented by the Musical Arts Association of Miami and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

Media partners: Classical South Florida 89.7 FM, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald

Venue Information:
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL 33132
Box Office phone: (305) 949-6722

Saturday, January 31, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT
Knight Concert Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano

WAGNER Wesendonck Songs
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”)

Pre-Concert Conversation at 7:00 p.m. – Recognition • Reflection • Remembrance
Juan Carlos Espinosa, associate dean and fellow of the Honors College, Florida International University, will speak about politics, oppression, and censorship differences to recognize a time when artists were censored and oppressed by political forces.

Tickets:
$160, $105, Limited availability $85, $70, $50 $20

This performance is presented by the Musical Arts Association of Miami and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

Media partners: Classical South Florida 89.7 FM, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald

Venue Information:
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL 33132
Box Office phone: (305) 949-6722

Monday, February 2, 2009, Time to be determined
WORKING REHEARSAL WITH RANSOM EVERGLADES SCHOOL
Jayce Ogren, conductor

Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Jayce Ogren will work with high-school musicians at Ransom Everglades School, an independent, co-ed school serving students in grades six through twelve. The spirit of Ransom Everglades’s commitment to its students is exemplified through its emphasis on Tradition, Thinking, Teamwork, Talent and Technology.

Venue Information:
Ransom Everglades Middle School
2045 S. Bayshore Drive
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Monday, February 2, 2009, at 1:10 – 3:45 p.m.
MASTER CLASS AND COACHING
New World School of the Arts

Musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra will work with students individually and in ensembles at the New World School of the Arts, a magnet arts high school that is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Miami Dade College; and the University of Florida.

Venue Information:
New World School of the Arts
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132

Monday, February 2, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.
MUSIC AND THE BRAIN

Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and Dr. Ali Rezai, director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Neurological Restoration, will examine new understandings about the vast impact of music on the human brain. Discussion and question-and-answer session will be followed by a short chamber music performance.

A variety of interrelated topics will be discussed, including:
the neurobiology of music (the unique way in which music and the brain interact),
the impact of music on health, and
a sociological perspective of the role of the arts in neuroscience

Venue Information:
Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: (305) 442-4408

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