Bruckner and Shaham on tap in Cleveland Orchestra’s 2016-17 Miami season

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Cleveland Orchestra will begin the second decade of its Miami residency at the Arsht Center with a somewhat more adventurous lineup than has been the case in recent seasons.

Former Miami principal guest conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero will open the Cleveland Orchestra’s 2016-17 season November 11-12 with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Gil Shaham as soloist in Barber’s Violin Concerto.

Even Franz Welser-Möst detractors give the conductor credit for being an inspirational Bruckner interpreter. Cleveland’s music director will finally perform music of Bruckner in Miami with the Symphony No. 7 January 27-28. The program’s first half includes selections from Bach cantatas with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and Seraphic Fire in the Miami choir’s first collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Nikolaj Znaider will be the soloist February 2 and 4 in Nielsen’s Violin Concerto with Welser-Möst also leading the orchestra in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2.

The final program (March 24-25) will offer the most populist program with Welser-Möst directing an Italy-themed program with Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, ballet selections from Verdi operas and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”).

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