Performance Friday, May 21, 2010 | 8 PM

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
These two masterworks come from the same Germanic tradition, but could not be more different. Berg’s suite is lush and sensual, deeply passionate and troubled, reflecting the shocking opera from which it was drawn. Beethoven’s “Eroica,” by contrast, is strong and lean, expressing all-conquering heroism.


  • Erin Morley, Soprano
  • The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor


  • BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
  • BERG Lulu Suite
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes, including one intermission


  • Erin Morley

    Soprano Erin Morley, a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program since the 2007-2008 season, is quickly becoming a leading coloratura soprano, winning acclaim recently for her performance as Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots at the Bard Festival.

    Ms. Morley's roles at the Metropolitan Opera have included the Second Niece in Peter Grimes, Masha in The Queen of Spades, and Frasquita in Carmen in the company's 125th Anniversary Gala. In the 2009-2010 season, she sings Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel, and the Daughter in The Nose. Other notable engagements this season include the soprano solos in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, and a gala concert with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall.

    Ms. Morley has sung with the New York City Opera, as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in a 2006 Gala Benefit and as Giannetta in L'elisir d'Amore. Also an alumna of Wolf Trap Opera Company, Ms. Morley sang Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos there in 2008. She appeared as Laoula in Chabrier's L'Étoile, and as Frasquita with Wolf Trap as well.

    In concert, Ms. Morley has performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall; in addition, she has been featured as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and has also appeared in concert in Shanghai. She won First Place in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition in 2006.

    A native of Salt Lake City, Ms. Morley completed her artist diploma at The Juilliard School in May 2007, and was a recipient of the Florence & Paul DeRosa Prize. Opera roles at Juilliard include Sandrina in La finta giardiniera, Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Adele in Die Fledermaus, the Fire and Nightingale in Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges, and Nella in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. Ms. Morley earned her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and her Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music.
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  • Franz Welser-Möst

    Franz Welser-Möst is in his eighth year as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra. His long-term commitment extends to the orchestra's centennial in 2018. Under his direction, the orchestra holds residencies in the US and in Europe, champions living composers, partners with Northeast Ohio public schools and conservatories, and has re-established itself as an important operatic ensemble. Concurrently with his post in Cleveland, Mr. Welser-Möst becomes General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera in September 2010.

    Under Mr. Welser-Möst's leadership, The Cleveland Orchestra holds ongoing residencies at Vienna's famed Musikverein concert hall and Switzerland's Lucerne Festival, along with an annual Miami residency. In 2011, Mr. Welser-Möst and the orchestra launch a biennial residency at the Lincoln Center Festival, featuring The Cleveland Orchestra first in concert and subsequently in Vienna State Opera productions.

    Under Mr. Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has presented 11 world and 14 US premieres. In the 2008-2009 season, Mr. Welser-Möst led an Opernhaus Zürich production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at Severance Hall, followed by a production of Così fan tutte during the 2009-2010 season. He and The Cleveland Orchestra will complete the series of Mozart / Da Ponte operas in Cleveland with an Opernhaus Zürich production of Don Giovanni in 2010-2011.

    Recent and upcoming international engagements include a new production of Wagner's Ring cycle with stage director Sven-Eric Bechtolf at the Vienna State Opera. During the 2009-2010 season, Mr. Welser-Möst has led additional Ring performances, as well as Wagner's Tannhäuser and Parsifal, with the Vienna State Opera. In 2009, he conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg and Lucerne festivals, at the BBC Proms in London, and in a special concert in Vienna to mark the 150th anniversary of the Vienna Singverein. In 2010, he conducts the Sommernacht concert outdoors at Schönbrunn Palace, and in 2011 he will conduct the philharmonic's celebrated New Year's Concert.

    Following his US debut in 1989, and prior to his appointment in Cleveland, Mr. Welser-Möst regularly guest-conducted the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia. He was music director of the London Philharmonic from 1990 to 1996. During his decade-long tenure with Opernhaus Zürich, culminating in three seasons as general music director (2005-2008), Mr. Welser-Möst led more than 40 new productions. During the 2009-2010 season, he leads Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten and Mozart's Così fan tutte in Zurich.

    Mr. Welser-Möst's recordings and videos have won the Gramophone Award, Diapason d'Or, Japanese Record Academy Award, and two Grammy nominations. Mr. Welser-Möst has led The Cleveland Orchestra in video recordings of live performances of Bruckner's symphonies nos. 5, 7, and 9, and he and the orchestra released a recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on Deutsche Grammophon in 2007.

    The Cleveland Orchestra

    Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and at each summer's Blossom Festival, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement.

    The partnership with Franz Welser-Möst, now in its eighth season, has earned The Cleveland Orchestra unprecedented residencies in the US and in Europe, including one at the Musikverein in Vienna-the first of its kind by an American orchestra. The orchestra returned to Vienna during the 2009-2010 season for its fourth Musikverein residency as part of a nine-concert tour. The orchestra regularly appears at European festivals, including an ongoing series of biennial residencies at the Lucerne Festival, featuring Roche Commissions-a project involving the orchestra, the festival, and Carnegie Hall. Through the Roche Commissions project, Franz Welser-Möst and the orchestra have premiered works by Harrison Birtwistle, Chen Yi, Hanspeter Kyburz, and George Benjamin in partnership with the Lucerne Festival and Carnegie Hall. This summer, they premiere Toshio Hosokawa's Woven Dreams in Lucerne as part of this project.

    In the US, Mr. Welser-Möst and the orchestra have toured from coast to coast-including regular appearances at Carnegie Hall-and in January 2007 began an unprecedented long-term residency project in Miami, Florida, where they perform annually at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and provide a wide array of community and educational activities. In addition, the 2009-2010 season marks the announcement of a residency at the Lincoln Center Festival that starts in 2011 and features The Cleveland Orchestra, initially in concert and subsequently in Vienna State Opera productions.

    The Cleveland Orchestra's educational programs, a cornerstone of the orchestra's original mission, have introduced nearly four million Cleveland-area schoolchildren to symphonic music since 1921. In the 2009-2010 season, the orchestra launched a Community Music Initiative that began with orchestral performances led by Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland Metropolitan School District public schools. Designed to provide greater access to orchestral music for more of Northeast Ohio's citizens than ever before, the Community Music Initiative has introduced new programs throughout the year for students from preschool through high school. The season closes in June 2010 with a free retrospective evening celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer fellowships, featuring new works by composers Susan Botti, Marc-André Dalbavie, Matthias Pintscher, and Johannes Maria Staud.

    The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918 by a group of local citizens. It has been led by seven music directors (Nikolai Sokoloff, 1918-1933; Artur Rodzinski, 1933-1943; Erich Leinsdorf, 1943-1946; George Szell, 1946-1970; Lorin Maazel, 1972-1982; Christoph von Dohnányi, 1984-2002; and Franz Welser-Möst, 2002-present), and one musical advisor (Pierre Boulez, 1970-1972). Expansion to a year-round schedule was made possible in 1968 with the opening of Blossom Music Center, an outdoor facility in nearby Cuyahoga Falls that is home to the orchestra's Blossom Festival. Touring, residencies, radio broadcasts, and recordings available by internet download and on DVD and CD provide access to the orchestra's music making for a broad and loyal constituency around the world.

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The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Debs in support of the 2009-2010 season.
This performance is graciously sponsored by Jaguar.