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Te Deum for Empress Maria Theresa by Haydn

I was privileged to hear the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus perform this piece back in November.

According to the program, this is not for the famous Maria Theresa (one of the most powerful women in Europe and mother of Marie Antoinette) but rather the second wife of Emperor Franz II. 9 more words

Cleveland Orchestra celebrates Rotary Foundation Centennial

What does a renowned world class orchestra and the oldest service organization have in common? In 1916 a successful business owner, Arch Klumph, also a flutist with the Cleveland Orchestra, started the Rotary Foundation with $28.50. 264 more words


Watch Cleveland Orchestra's beautiful good luck performance for the Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND– Forget a simple shout-out; The Cleveland Orchestra devoted an entire good-luck performance to the Cleveland Indians as they take on the Chicago Cubs in the World Series tonight. 59 more words


Rare glimpse inside Cleveland Orchestra

It’s one of the top orchestras in the entire world, and they make their music right here in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Orchestra is getting ready to open its new season at Severance Hall and FOX 8’s Gabe Spiegel was granted rare access for a glimpse of what’s to come this year. 29 more words


Cleveland Orchestra, Großes Festspielhaus (Salzburg)

Bartók, Strauss

The Cleveland Orchestra came to the Salzburg Festival as this year’s American guest, under longtime music director Franz Welser-Möst.  They have a gorgeous tone, but something was definitely missing – perhaps the virtuosity of the Philadelphians, who are in a league of their own among US orchestras, let alone the personality of the Vienna Philharmonic (always the criticism Cleveland’s previous long-time music director Christoph von Dohnányi had of this orchestra, and he obviously liked his own team!).   399 more words


"the bass drum heard 'round the world"

Today I was looking up obituaries of Frederick Fennell (looking for birth and death dates, but that’s another story).  Fennell is known as the father of the mid-century band revival in North America with his fifties Mercury Living Presence recordings of existing band classics, played by his creation the “wind ensemble” (45 piece band with only one player on many parts), at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  289 more words