Cleveland Orchestra heavy on populist favorites in 2014 Miami season

By Lawrence A. Johnson

After somewhat more adventurous programming this season, the Cleveland Orchestra will revert to a lineup heavy on crowd-pleasing favorites in 2014.

Rather than offering a fall program as last year, music director Franz Welser-Möst will open the first of four Cleveland Orchestra weeks Jan. 24-25 2014 with a Viennese evening. Gil Shaham will be the soloist in Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto, which will be flanked by Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 and waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss Jr. and Sr.

The centennial of The Rite of Spring will be marked Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 with a performance of Stravinsky’s ground-breaking score. The program will also include Richard Strauss’s Don Juan and feature British baritone Simon Keenlyside in songs by Strauss and Duparc.

Giancarlo Guerrero, the Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami music director, will lead the final two weeks. Tchaikovsky’s not unfamiliar Symphony No. 5 will be the box-office bait February 21-22 on a program that also includes Dvorak’s Othello Overture and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Arabella Steinbacher as soloist.

The final program March 21-22, will offer the solo contemporary work of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami season, Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with Colin Currie as soloist. Mozart’s Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio will lead off and Holst’s The Planets will close the season, presented with high-definition NASA projections accompanying the performance.

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One Response to “Cleveland Orchestra heavy on populist favorites in 2014 Miami season”

  1. Posted Mar 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm by Pedro A. Romanach

    The Cleveland Orchestra should make an announcement before each concert, and after intermission, asking people to turn off their cell phones, beepers, etc. Other arts organizations do this, and it helps cut down on the number of these very annoying interruptions to the beautiful music. I urge the music critics to begin a campaign asking for this.

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