Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Cleveland Orchestra announces IU residency activities for January 2011
WHAT: The Cleveland Orchestra
WHEN: Jan. 25, 8 p.m.
WHERE: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. 7th St
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 16, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University and The Cleveland Orchestra announced details today (Dec. 16) of the Orchestra's first IU residency, to take place Jan. 24-26, 2011.
The Orchestra will perform works by R. Strauss, Wagner and Bartók at IU Auditorium, Jan. 25, and selected IU students will have an opportunity to perform in a side-by-side rehearsal with the musicians on Jan. 24. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, orchestra musicians and administrators will offer additional educational activities for IU and Bloomington students during the three-day residency. The Cleveland Orchestra's first residency is rescheduled from a date previously announced.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome the renowned Cleveland Orchestra to Indiana University," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "Our partnership with this magnificent ensemble will provide our students with opportunities to learn from and interact with some of the world's top classical musicians, who promise to deliver an exciting and memorable performance at IU Auditorium."
The IU Jacobs School of Music has partnered with IU Auditorium to present The Cleveland Orchestra's concert and to broaden the Orchestra's visit so that it brings additional learning opportunities to students on campus and in the community, including orchestra repertoire classes given by nearly every principal musician in The Cleveland Orchestra, coachings, arts administration seminars and other community and educational activities. For the current schedule of events, see http://blogs.music.indiana.edu/clevelandorchestra/.
"The Jacobs School has a long-standing and significant association 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, including the recent appointment of IU alumnus Mark Kosower as principal cello. It is in this context that the Orchestra arrives in Bloomington to be welcomed by a collegial faculty, an appreciative student body and an admiring public. We look forward to the upcoming residency and express our gratitude for the partnership with Doug Booher of the IU Auditorium in making this visit possible."
Performance at Indiana University Auditorium
The centerpiece of the residency will be an appearance by The Cleveland Orchestra led by Franz Welser-Möst on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m., at IU Auditorium. The Orchestra will present the Overture to Wagner's Tannhäuser, Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life"), and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard as soloist in Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2. When Aimard performed the Bartók concerto at Lincoln Center last year, the New York Times' Anthony Tommasini wrote: "The concerto would be a staple if it were not so fiendishly difficult. But without any facade of virtuosic showiness, the intensely focused and technically prodigious Mr. Aimard played it with ease."
Pierre-Laurent Aimard has been a frequent guest artist of the Orchestra and served as artist-in-residence for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. He joins the ensemble for performances on Jan. 28 and 29 at its Miami Residency. He also appears on tour with the Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and in Chicago, Ann Arbor and Newark in February. Aimard is the soloist with the Orchestra on a recording of music of Ravel for piano/orchestra and solo piano released in October 2010 on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
"We are thrilled to present Indiana University's groundbreaking partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra, which will prove to be not only an incredible opportunity for IU to celebrate the finest in classical music, but also a remarkable model for multidisciplinary student interaction," said IU Auditorium Director Doug Booher. "Their much-anticipated concert -- the first orchestral performance at the Auditorium given by an orchestra of this caliber since 1991-- will be an amazing and memorable evening of classical music."
The Cleveland Orchestra
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.
The Cleveland Orchestra's educational programs, a cornerstone of the Orchestra's original mission, have introduced more than four million Cleveland-area schoolchildren to symphonic music since 1921. During the 2009-10 season, the Orchestra launched a Community Music Initiative. Designed to provide greater access to orchestral music for more of Northeast Ohio's citizens than ever before, the Community Music Initiative offers programs for students from preschool through high school and audiences of all ages.
The Orchestra's partnership with Franz Welser-Möst, now in its ninth season, has 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. In fall 2010, The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst embarked on their tenth international tour together, performing in Japan and Korea. The centerpiece of the tour was a residency at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. 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 returned to Vienna during the 2009-10 season for its fourth Musikverein Residency as part of a nine-concert 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, 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. The 2010-11 season marks the beginning of a biennial residency at New York's Lincoln Center Festival that starts with concerts by The Cleveland Orchestra in summer 2011. The Orchestra will be featured in Vienna State Opera productions at Lincoln Center beginning in 2013.
The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918 by a group of local citizens. It has been led by seven music directors (Nikolai Sokoloff 1918-33, Artur Rodzinski 1933-43, Erich Leinsdorf 1943-46, George Szell 1946-70, Lorin Maazel 1972-82, Christoph von Dohnányi 1984-2002, and Franz Welser-Möst 2002-present) and one musical advisor (Pierre Boulez 1970-72). Expansion to a year-round schedule was made possible in 1968 with the opening of Blossom Music Center, an outdoor facility in nearby Cuyahoga Falls that is home to the Orchestra's Blossom Festival. Today, touring, residencies, radio broadcasts and recordings available by Internet download and on DVD and CD provide access to the Orchestra's music-making to a broad and loyal constituency around the world. For additional information, please visit http://www.clevelandorchestra.com.
The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
The IU Jacobs School of Music plays a leading role in educating performers, scholars, composers, music educators and dancers around the globe. The 170 full-time faculty members include performers, scholars and teachers of international renown. Many top musicians and scholars visit the school each year. The more than 1,600 students from all 50 U.S. states and 55 countries benefit from the intensity and focus of a conservatory combined with academic offerings of a major university. The Jacobs School offers more than 1,100 performances each year -- including seven operas and three ballets. For more information, see http://www.music.indiana.edu/.
Indiana University Auditorium
Since opening its doors in 1941, IU Auditorium has served as a university and community gathering place, hosting a diverse array of artists, entertainers, musicians and lecturers in an opulent 3,200-seat theater. The world's top artists have appeared at the Auditorium including The Metropolitan Opera company; the New York, Los Angeles and Berlin Philharmonics; the Chicago, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Boston and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras; top Broadway touring companies; and renowned musicians such as Vladimir Horowitz and Itzak Perlman. Politicians and cultural icons who have changed the course of history, such as Mikhael Gorbachev, Eleanor Roosevelt, Kurt Vonnegut and Cornel West, have informed and enlightened audiences from campus, the community and beyond. Also prominent on the stages of the IU Auditorium throughout the years have been talented IU students -- performing in choruses, operas, plays, concerts and other events.
The current 2010-11 IU Auditorium season includes an eclectic range of arts and entertainment events. In addition to the presentation of The Cleveland Orchestra, the spring schedule also includes the Joffrey Ballet, Kodo and Broadway shows such as Fiddler on the Roof and Spring Awakening. A complete list of IU Auditorium events and more information about the current season can be found at http://www.iuauditorium.com.
The concert is sponsored by the Indiana University Office of the President and Finch's Brasserie. The IU Auditorium 2010-2011 season is presented by Curry Auto Center, B97, The Herald-Times, Indiana University Document Service Center and Indiana University Residential Programs and Services.