Cleveland Orchestra releases 2013-14 season schedule

By Kerry Clawson
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Radu Lupu will perform this season with the Cleveland Orchestra. (� Pekka Saarinen photo)

The Cleveland Orchestra’s varied 2013-14 season at Severance Hall will include the Cleveland premiere of Leos Janácek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen; the complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle, to be performed by four different artists under four guest conductors; a 100th anniversary commemoration of Benjamin Britten’s birth; superstar pianist Yuja Wang’s Severance Hall debut; and a commissioned world premiere by Gabriela Lena Frank.

The semistaged opera The Cunning Little Vixen, an allegory based on animals, continues the orchestra’s commitment to doing opera, said Executive Director Gary Hanson. He said the Cleveland Orchestra has performed operas in various forms in 10 of the 11 years that Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, who also leads the Vienna State Opera, has been at the helm in Cleveland.

The 1924 opera about a female fox will feature soprano Martina Janková as well as mezzo-sopranos Jennifer Johnson Cano and Julie Boulianne. “It’s a really delightful story that has a lot of deeper meaning to it. The audiences will be absolutely charmed by the approach that Janácek takes to this opera,” Hanson said.

For the Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle, new artist-in-residence Leon Fleisher will appear with the orchestra for the first time since 2003, making his Severance Hall conducting debut. He will conduct soloist Mitsuko Uchida in Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3. Fleisher himself recorded the complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in the 1950s and ’60s.

Completing the cycle, Radu Lupu will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 under the direction of Welser-Möst, Hélène Grimaud will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 under guest conductor Fabio Luisi for the season’s opening concert, and Imogen Cooper with perform Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto under guest conductor Jane Glover.

“From our perspective, it’s a wonderful opportunity to hear the concertos, these masterpieces, performed by several different artists, which will allow us not just to hear these great works but to hear the differing approaches of four great artists,” Hanson said.

In other performances, the orchestra will celebrate English composer Britten’s birth in three different programs, including the choral Spring Symphony, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, and Violin Concerto, to be performed by Janine Jansen under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski. According to Hanson, Britten’s work remains relatively unfamiliar to American audiences and the orchestra would like to change that.

Celebrated young pianist Wang, who last played with the orchestra in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in 2011 at Blossom Music Center, will make her Severance Hall debut with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 April 10 and 12 with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero.

Twelve guest conductors will appear with the orchestra next season, leading 47 concerts, while Welser-Möst leads 18, which Hanson said is a “slightly lower number for Franz.’’

“Franz will be doing other performances that are not announced,” in the education realm in Cleveland, Hanson said. More will be announced at a later date.

Finally, the orchestra’s commissioning of Frank for the world premiere of her Piccolo Concerto continues the orchestra’s commitment to commissioning the work of female composers. Solo piccolo player Mary Kay Fink, for whom the piece was created, helped choose Frank, who was born in Berkeley, Calif., to a mother of Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent. Frank, a musical anthropologist who studies Latin-American folklore, explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions.

Arts writer Kerry Clawson may be reached at 330-996-3527 or kclawson@thebeaconjournal.com.

Cleveland Orchestra 2013-14 season at 
Severance Hall

7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 8 p.m. Sept. 21 — Fabio Luisi, conductor; Hélène Grimaud, piano; Maureen McKay, soprano. Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”); Mahler, Symphony No. 4.

7 p.m. Sept. 20 — Fabio Luisi, conductor; Hélène Grimaud, piano. KeyBank Fridays@7. Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”); Schumann, Symphony No. 1 (“Spring”).

7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 8 p.m. Sept. 27 — Vassily Sinaisky, conductor; Kirill Gerstein, piano. Liadov, Eight Russian Folk Songs; Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1; Prokofiev, Symphony No. 3.

11 a.m. Sept. 27 — Vassily Sinaisky, conductor; Kirill Gerstein, piano. Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1; Prokofiev, Symphony No. 3.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 3 p.m. Oct. 13 — Marek Janowski, conductor; Matthew Polenzani, tenor; Richard King, horn. Fauré, Suite from Pelléas and Mélisande; Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Franck, Symphony in D minor.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 8 p.m. Oct. 19 — Jakub Hruša, conductor; William Preucil, violin. Haydn, Symphony No. 60 (“Il distratto”); Dvorák, Violin Concerto; Janácek, Taras Bulba.

11 a.m. Oct. 18 — Jakub Hruša, conductor; William Preucil, violin. Dvorák, Violin Concerto; Janácek, Taras Bulba.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 — Franz Welser-Möst, conductor. Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”); Shostakovich, Symphony No. 6.

8 p.m. Oct. 25 — Franz Welser-Möst, conductor. Beethoven, Symphony No. 4; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 8.

8 p.m. Oct. 26 — Franz Welser-Möst, conductor. Beethoven, Symphony No. 5; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 — Franz Welser-Möst, conductor; Joela Jones, piano; Cynthia Millar, ondes martenot; Luba Orgonášová, soprano; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; Herbert Lippert, tenor; Ruben Drole, baritone; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Beethoven, Grosse Fuge; Messiaen, Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine; Beethoven, Mass in C major.

8 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30; 3 p.m. Dec. 1 — Marin Alsop, conductor; David Fray, piano. Barber, Essay No. 2; Schumann, Piano Concerto; Copland, Symphony No. 3.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 — Leon Fleisher, conductor; Mitsuko Uchida, piano. Mendelssohn, Overture: The Hebrides; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 2; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3.

7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 8 p.m. Jan. 10 — Franz Welser-Möst, conductor; Julia Fischer, violin. Brahms, Academic Festival Overture, Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 2.

8 p.m. Jan. 11, 3 p.m. Jan. 12 — Franz Welser-Möst, conductor; Julia Fischer, violin. Brahms, Tragic Overture, Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 4.

7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, 8 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 — Franz Welser-Möst, conductor; Radu Lupu, piano. Mozart, Symphony No. 38 (“Prague”); Widmann, Teufel Amor — Sinfonischer Hymnos nach Schiller; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 8 p.m. Feb. 8 — Pierre Boulez, conductor; Nikolaj Znaider, violin. Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”); Schoenberg, Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene; Bartók, Violin Concerto No. 2.

11 a.m. Feb. 7 — Pierre Boulez, conductor; Nikolaj Znaider, violin. Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”); Bartók, Violin Concerto No. 2.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 3 p.m. Feb. 16 — Pierre Boulez, conductor; Ravel, Une Barque sur l’océan; Ravel, Alborada del gracioso; Ravel, Shéhérazade; Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; Debussy, La Mer.

7:30 p.m. March 6, 8 p.m. March 8 — Franz Welser-Möst, conductor; Rudolf Buchbinder, piano; Kate Royal, soprano; Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano; John Tessier, tenor; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus; Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus. Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Wigglesworth, Sternenfall; Britten, Spring Symphony.

7 p.m. March 7 — Franz Welser-Möst, conductor; Rudolf Buchbinder, piano. Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Wigglesworth, Sternenfall.

7:30 p.m. March 27; 8 p.m. March 29; 3 p.m. March 30 — Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor. Schumann, Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 2.

7:30 p.m. April 3, 8 p.m. April 4 and 5 — Mitsuko Uchida, piano and conductor; William Preucil, leader. Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 18, Symphony No. 23 and Piano Concerto No. 19.

7:30 p.m. April 10, 8 p.m. April 12 — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Yuja Wang, piano. Prokofiev, Classical Symphony; Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3; Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade.

11 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 11 — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Yuja Wang, piano. Prokofiev, Classical Symphony; Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3.

7:30 p.m. April 17, 8 p.m. April 19 — Herbert Blomstedt, conductor; Mark Kosower, cello. Dvorák, Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”).

7:30 p.m. April 24, 8 p.m. April 26 — Jane Glover, conductor; Imogen Cooper, piano. C.P.E. Bach, Sinfonia No. 2; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1; Vanhall, Sinfonia in G minor; Haydn, Symphony No. 103 (“Drum Roll”).

7:30 p.m. May 1, 8 p.m. May 3, 3 p.m. May 4 — David Robertson, conductor; Mary Kay Fink, piccolo; Jessica Rivera, soprano; Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano; Garrett Sorenson, tenor; John Relyea, bass-baritone; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Rouse, Rapture; Frank, Piccolo Concerto; Mozart, Requiem.

7 p.m. May 2 — David Robertson, conductor; Jessica Rivera, soprano; Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano; Garrett Sorenson, tenor; John Relyea, bass-baritone; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Rouse, Rapture; Mozart, Requiem.

7:30 p.m. May 8, 8 p.m. May 10 — Osmo Vänskä, conductor; Garrick Ohlsson, piano. Program includes: Grieg, Piano Concerto; Sibelius, Symphony No. 5.

7:30 p.m. May 22, 8 p.m. May 24 — Franz Welser-Möst, conductor; Martina Janková, soprano (Vixen); Alan Held, bass-baritone (Forester); Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano (Fox); Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano (Dog); Cleveland Orchestra Chorus; Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus. Janácek, The Cunning Little Vixen (complete opera)

7:30 p.m. May 29, 8 p.m. May 31 — Vladimir Jurowski, conductor; Janine Jansen, violin. Stravinsky, Scherzo fantastique; Britten, Violin Concerto; Prokofiev, Suite from Cinderella.

11 a.m. May 30 — Vladimir Jurowski, conductor. Stravinsky, Scherzo fantastique; Prokofiev, Suite from Cinderella.


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