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The Cleveland Orchestra Miami 2014/2015

2014-15 CONCERT SERIES

In celebration of the ninth season of Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and Cleveland Orchestra Miami Principal Guest Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero each lead the Orchestra in two concert weekends, November 2014 through March 2015.  The Cleveland Orchestra is co-presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and the Miami Music Association (MMA).

Franz Welser-Möst will conduct two consecutive programs in one weekend, entitled Fate & Freedom, in February 2015 featuring symphonies by Beethoven and Shostakovich.  The first program is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) and Shostakovich Symphony No. 6.  The second program pairs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Shostakovich Symphony No. 10.  Mr. Welser-Möst commented, “The dream of freedom inspired the founding of our society.  Political and social freedom is presented so emotionally and clearly in Beethoven’s music.  By listening to the music of Beethoven and Shostakovich in juxtaposition, we experience their ideas of freedom from different eras, yet from today’s perspective.”

Mr. Welser-Möst conducts two performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (“Tragic”) in March 2015.  When Mahler played through the piece on the piano for his wife Alma, after it was completed in 1904, she said, “Of all his works this was the most personal…We were both in tears…so deeply did we feel this music and the sinister premonitions it disclosed.”

Giancarlo Guerrero begins the season leading two concerts in November 2014 with guest artist Miloš Karadagić in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar and orchestra.  The program also includes Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Respighi’s Fountains of Rome, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.

The four-week season concludes with two performances of Orff’s crowd-pleasing Carmina Burana and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with Nadine Sierra, soprano, Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor, Stephen Powell, baritone, and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, prepared by Cleveland Orchestra Director of Choruses Robert Porco.  The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus’s 1975 Sony recording of Carmina Burana with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas won a Grammy® Award for Best Choral Performance.

The Productions:
  • The Cleveland Orchestra: Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
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    The Cleveland Orchestra: Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez

    The Cleveland Orchestra opens its 2014-15 Miami season with Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Inspired by the fountains and gardens of the palace of Aranjuez, Rodrigo’s concerto is elegant, distinctively Spanish.  It is arguably the best known composition for guitar, thanks in no small part to the extraordinary beauty of its central Adagio.

  • The Cleveland Orchestra: Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich
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    The Cleveland Orchestra: Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich

    Experience concerts exploring the highly tempestuous and deeply emotional intermingling of music and politics. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst takes a fascinating look at two highly autobiographical composers, whose lives and careers were separated by over a century, yet whose works demonstrate how artists of two eras wrestled with themes of freedom, personal and collective liberty, and politics.

  • The Cleveland Orchestra: Mahler’s Sixth
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    The Cleveland Orchestra: Mahler’s Sixth

    Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is a work of deep pathos — Mahler himself appended the title “Tragic” — yet it was written during the happiest period of the composer’s life yet it foreshadowed great tragic events that followed its composition. He authentically captures sorrow and elation, heartfelt pain and immeasurable beauty.  Mahler looks into the depths of the human soul, explores the fragile nature of beauty, and tells us to hold on to wonder in spite of life’s sorrows. 

  • The Cleveland Orchestra: Carmina Burana
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    The Cleveland Orchestra: Carmina Burana

    The 2014-15 Cleveland Orchestra Miami season closes with Orff’s Carmina Burana – a giant cantata about love, lust, the pleasures of drinking, and the heightened moods evoked by springtime – conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. If you do not recognize the title, you still know this music. Its opening “O Fortuna” is well known through countless quotations in sports commercials and films.

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