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, Jane and Lee Seidman Chair in Functional Neurosurgery and Director, Neurological Innovations for the Cleveland Clinic, 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 Neurological Innovations and member of Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute, 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 how music affects the brain and its medical, musical, social and philosophical implications, the unique way in which music and the brain interact, and current research and clinical applications of music in neurological rehabilitation. 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.
* * *
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.
* * *
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 [email protected] or calling (305) 372-7747.
* * *
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.
Click here to sign up for the Soul Of Miami email list.