The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst – Conductor
Gil Shaham – Violin
Schubert – Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, D. 125
Korngold – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Strauss – Waltzes and Polkas
Led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and featuring the inimitable violinist Gil Shaham, the Cleveland Orchestra brings a program of striking beauty and lyricism to Naples this coming January. The program opens with Schubert's Symphony No. 2, a masterpiece of melodic development, and concludes with a collection of Strauss' Waltzes and Polkas. The evening's centerpiece comes care of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, considered by many to be the father of contemporary film music and a much-underrated composer of concert music. Korngold's Violin Concerto is a passionate and lush tour de force that has become a showpiece for virtuosic violinists from Heifetz, who originally popularized the piece, to Shaham, whose 1994 recording of the Concerto is considered unequalled to this day. One of the foremost violinists of our time, Shaham's flawless technique and generosity of spirit has solidified his legacy as an American master. Join Shaham and the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the country’s most sought-after ensembles, for an evening of extraordinary music.
About Franz Welser-Möst
Franz Welser-Möst began his tenure as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2002 and has extended his contract through the orchestra’s centennial in 2018. Under his direction, the Cleveland Orchestra is enhancing its community programming, presenting a series of ongoing residencies in the United States and Europe, continuing its historic championship of new composers through commissions and premieres and re-establishing itself as an important operatic ensemble. Concurrently with his post in Cleveland, Welser-Möst became General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera in September 2010.
Under Welser-Möst’s leadership, the Cleveland Orchestra has established an ongoing biennial residency in Vienna at the famed Musikverein concert hall, and at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Artistic highlights of Welser-Möst’s first nine seasons as Music Director in Cleveland including thirteen world and fifteen United States premieres under his direction. Through the Roche Commissions project, he and the orchestra have premiered works by Harrison Birtwistle, Chen Yi, Hanspeter Kyburz, George Benjamin and Toshio Hosokawa in partnership with the Lucerne Festival and Carnegie Hall.
About Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time, whose combination of flawless technique and generosity of spirit has solidified his legacy as an American master. He is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and he regularly gives recitals and ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.
In the past year, Shaham continued his long-term exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” a project beginning in 2010 and comprising performances at some of the most well-established concert venues with the world’s greatest orchestras. “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” including the Barber, Berg, Stravinsky and Britten Violin Concertos, as well as the Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2 and the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2, will be performed with the Orchestras of Baltimore, Boston, New York, Chicago, Montreal, San Francisco and Kansas City and abroad with the Orchestre de Paris and the NHK Symphony.
Beyond “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” Shaham returns to other favorite repertoire this season, including the Brahms concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony; the Beethoven concerto with the Boston and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras; and Mozart’s “Turkish” concerto with the Pittsburgh, Toronto and Seattle Symphony Orchestras.
Shaham is also an avid recitalist and chamber musician. During upcoming recital tours in the US, Europe and Japan, Shaham will explore new work including the world premiere of a solo suite written for him by William Bolcom and the recent commissioned duo works by Avner Dorman and Julian Milone with Akira Euguchi on piano. This season also sees Shaham return to Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, bringing his unique approach to these beloved works with an eye towards releases the complete work on CD in the coming seasons.
Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Award. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.