The Cleveland Orchestra
Visiting Orchestra Series
The world's greatest orchestras on tour
Franz Welser-Möst, music director
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Joelle Harvey, sorprano
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Mahler — Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”
Led by Franz Welser-Möst, the Cleveland Orchestra is acknowledged among the world’s handful of best orchestras, with The New York Times declaring it the “best in America” in 2015. Additionally, the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus is one of the few professionally trained, all-volunteer choruses sponsored by a major American orchestra. This is the chorus’s Artis—Naples debut.
All Visiting Orchestras tickets include same-day admission to the Hayes Hall Galleries. In addition, the doors to Hayes Hall open 60 minutes prior to this performance. Arrive early to enjoy the Hayes Hall Galleries and light fare at the cafe.
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.