CONDUCTOR FRANZ WELSER-MÖST AND THECLEVELAND ORCHESTRAPERFORM TWO CONCERTS IN FEBRUARY AT CARNEGIE HALL
February 4 Concert Features the New York Premiere ofToshio Hosokawa’s Woven Dreams;February 5 Performance Includes Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minorwith Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard
On Friday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m., The ClevelandOrchestra performs the first of a pair of weekend concerts at Carnegie Hallwith Music Director and Chief Conductor Franz Welser-Möst. The concertfeatures the New York premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Woven Dreams, whichreceived its world premiere at the Lucerne Festival in August 2010 by TheCleveland Orchestra and Maestro Welzer-Möst. Written in 2009, Woven Dreamstakes the listener into Hosokawa’s world of dreams as it contemplates theexistential subject of birth. Also on the program is Debussy’s Prélude àl'après-midi d'un faune and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. The orchestrareturns the following evening on Saturday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m. with MaestroWelser-Möst and guest soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard to performSchumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, on a program that also includes Wagner’sOverture to Tannhäuser and Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion,and Celesta.About the ArtistsPianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard has created, directed, and performed ingroundbreaking residencies at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center,Wiener Konzerthaus, Berliner Philharmonie, Opéra de Paris, the LucerneFestival, Mozarteum Salzburg, Cité de la Musique, and Southbank Centre. In June2010, he marked his second year as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.Highlights of the Mr. Aimard’s 2010–2011 season include solo recitals inBerlin, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Vienna, as well asconcerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Chamber Orchestra ofEurope, Filarmonica della Scala, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic, andMahler Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Aimard was the recipient of the RoyalPhilharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award in 2005 and was named“Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America in 2007. Born in Lyonin 1957, Pierre-Laurent Aimard studied at the Paris Conservatoire with YvonneLoriod and in London with Maria Curcio. At age 19 Mr. Aimard was appointed byPierre Boulez as Ensemble Intercontemporain's first solo pianist. Mr. Aimardrecords exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon, and his first release for thelabel, Bach's Art of Fugue, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's classicalchart. In 2005, he won a Grammy Award for his recording of Ives’s ConcordSonata and Songs with Susan Graham. His latest disc for Deutsche Grammophon ofRavel’s piano concertos and Miroirs, recorded live with The ClevelandOrchestra and Pierre Boulez, was released in August 2010.Franz Welser-Möst began his tenure as Music Director of The ClevelandOrchestra in 2002. His long-term commitment as music director extends to theorchestra’s centennial in 2018. Concurrently with his post in Cleveland, Mr.Welser-Möst became General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera inSeptember 2010. With a committed focus on music education in Northeast Ohio,Mr. Welser-Möst launched the Community Music Initiative, taking The ClevelandOrchestra into public schools with performances in collaboration with the ClevelandMetropolitan School District. Under Mr. Welser-Möst’s leadership, The ClevelandOrchestra has established an ongoing biennial residency in Vienna at theMusikverein concert hall, and at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Together,they have also appeared at the Salzburg Festival and in the United States, Mr.Welser-Möst has established an annual three-week Cleveland Orchestra MiamiResidency in Florida and launches a new biennial residency in New York City in2011 as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Artistic highlights of Mr.Welser-Möst’s first eight seasons as Music Director in Cleveland featuredthirteen world and thirteen United States premieres. Through the RocheCommissions project, he and the orchestra have premiered works by Harrison Birtwistle,Chen Yi, Hanspeter Kyburz, George Benjamin, and Toshio Hosokawa in partnershipwith the Lucerne Festival and Carnegie Hall.The Cleveland Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director FranzWelser-Möst sets standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, andcommunity engagement in concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and ateach summer’s Blossom Festival, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and ontour around the world. The orchestra’s educational programs have introduced morethan four million Cleveland-area schoolchildren to symphonic music since 1921.The orchestra’s partnership with Franz Welser-Möst, now in its ninth season,has earned them unprecedented residencies in the United States and in Europe,including one at the Musikverein in Vienna, the first of its kind by anAmerican orchestra. In the United States, Mr. Welser-Möst and the orchestrahave toured from coast to coast, including regular appearances at CarnegieHall, and in 2007 began a long-term residency project in Miami, Florida. The2010–11 season marks the beginning of a biennial residency at New York’sLincoln Center Festival that starts with concerts in summer 2011. The ClevelandOrchestra was founded in 1918 by a group of local citizens. It has been led by sevenmusic directors (Nikolai Sokoloff, Artur Rodzinski, Erich Leinsdorf, GeorgeSzell, Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Franz Welser-Möst) and onemusical advisor (Pierre Boulez).Program InformationFriday, February 4, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageTHE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRAFranz Welser-Möst, Music Director and ConductorCLAUDE DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un fauneTOSHIO HOSOKAWA Woven Dreams (NY Premiere)RICHARD STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40This concert, presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Lucerne Festival,is made possible by a generous contribution from Roche.____________________________ Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageTHE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRAFranz Welser-Möst, Music Director and ConductorPierre-Laurent Aimard, PianoRICHARD WAGNER Overture to TannhäuserROBERT SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54BÉLA BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion, and CelestaThe Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity ofJean-Marie and Elizabeth Eveillard in support of the 2010-2011 season.____________________________ Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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