Performance Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | 8 PM

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The Cleveland Orchestra presents an exhilarating evening of music, beginning with two works by Beethoven: the ebullient Symphony No. 4 and an arrangement of the demanding Grosse Fuge. The performance concludes with Scriabin’s mystical Poem of Ecstasy.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor
  • Michael Sachs, Trumpet
  • Jack Sutte, Trumpet


  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
  • MATTHIAS PINTSCHER Chute d’Étoiles for Two Trumpets and Orchestra (NY Premiere)
  • BEETHOVEN Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
  • SCRIABIN The Poem of Ecstasy


  • 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 ongoing residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, the orchestra sets the highest standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement.

    The partnership with Franz Welser-Möst, now in its 11th 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 regularly appears at European festivals, including an ongoing series of biennial residencies at the Lucerne Festival. In the US, Mr. Welser-Möst and the orchestra have toured from coast to coast, including regular appearances at Carnegie Hall. Since January 2007, they have presented a series of concerts each season in Miami. Under the name Cleveland Orchestra Miami, this residency program provides a wide array of community, performance, and educational activities across Miami-Dade County, working in partnership with a local non-profit governing board and with dozens of area educational institutions.

    The Cleveland Orchestra has a long and distinguished recording and broadcast history. A series of DVD and CD recordings under the direction of Mr. Welser-Möst has recently been added to an extensive and widely praised catalog of audio recordings made during the tenures of the ensemble's former music directors. In addition, Cleveland Orchestra concerts are heard in syndication each season on radio stations throughout North America and Europe.

    The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918 by a group of local citizens intent on creating an ensemble worthy of joining America's top rank of symphony orchestras. Over the next decades, the orchestra grew from a fine regional organization to one of the most admired symphonic ensembles in the world. Seven music directors (Nikolai Sokoloff, 1918-1933; Artur Rodziński, 1933-1943; Erich Leinsdorf, 1943-1946; George Szell, 1946-1970; Lorin Maazel, 1972-1982; Christoph von Dohnányi, 1984-2002; and Franz Welser-Möst, since 2002) have guided and shaped the ensemble's growth and sound. Touring performances throughout the US and, beginning in 1957, to Europe and across the globe have confirmed Cleveland's place among the world's top orchestras. Year-round performances became a reality with the first Blossom Festival in 1968, presented at an award-winning, purpose-built outdoor facility located just south of the Cleveland metropolitan area near Akron, Ohio. Today, touring, residencies, radio broadcasts, and recordings provide access to the orchestra's music making to a broad and loyal constituency around the world. Visit for more information.

    Franz Welser-Möst

    The 2012-2013 season marks Franz Welser-Möst's 11th year as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra, with a long-term commitment that extends to the orchestra's centennial in 2018. He holds the orchestra's Kelvin Smith Family Endowed Chair. Under his direction, the orchestra is acclaimed for its continuing artistic excellence, is presented in a series of ongoing residencies in the US and Europe, continues its championship of new composers through commissions and premieres, and has re-established itself as an important operatic ensemble. Concurrently with his Cleveland post, Mr. Welser-Möst is general music director of the Vienna State Opera.

    Under Mr. Welser-Möst's leadership, The Cleveland Orchestra has launched a series of residencies in important cultural locations around the world. These include residencies at Vienna's Musikverein, Switzerland's Lucerne Festival, and in Miami, as well as programs at the Lincoln Center Festival and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Welser-Möst has led a series of opera performances during his tenure in Cleveland. Following six opera-in-concert presentations, he brought fully staged opera back to Severance Hall with a three-season cycle of Zurich Opera productions of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas. In May 2012, he led the orchestra and an international cast of singers in acclaimed concert performances of Strauss's Salome  in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall.

    In addition to serving as general music director of the Vienna State Opera, Mr. Welser-Möst maintains an ongoing relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent concert performances with the Philharmonic include appearances at the Lucerne Festival and Salzburg Festival, in Tokyo, and at La Scala, as well as leading the Philharmonic's 2011 New Year's concert, telecast worldwide; he will conduct the New Year's Day concert again in 2013 and will also lead the Philharmonic in a series of concerts at Carnegie Hall in March 2013.

    Mr. Welser-Möst's recordings and videos have won international awards and two Grammy nominations. He has led The Cleveland Orchestra in video recordings of live performances of Bruckner's symphonies nos. 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9, and also released albums that feature music by Wagner and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

    Franz Welser-Möst has earned honorary membership in the Vienna Singverein, a Decoration of Honor from the Republic of Austria, and the Kilenyi Medal from the Bruckner Society of America. He has also been recognized by the Western Law Center for Disability Rights. Mr. Welser-Möst is the co-author of Cadences: Observations and Conversations, published in a German edition in 2007.


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  • Michael Sachs

    Michael Sachs joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal trumpet in 1988. He holds the Robert and Eunice Podis Weiskopf Principal Trumpet Endowed Chair and the Mary Elizabeth and G. Robert Klein Solo Cornet Endowed Chair. His many performances as soloist with the orchestra include the world premieres of John Williams's Concerto for Trumpet and Michael Hersch's Night Pieces for trumpet and orchestra (both commissioned by the orchestra for Mr. Sachs), the US and New York premieres of Hans Werner Henze's Requiem, and, most recently, the world premiere in August 2012 of Matthias Pintscher's Chute d'Étoiles, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst at the Lucerne Festival. Mr. Sachs's artistry can be heard in more than 150 recorded works with The Cleveland Orchestra. His recital with organist Todd Wilson is available on an album titled Live from Severance Hall. He has also performed as guest soloist with major orchestras and chamber groups across the US and internationally.

    Mr. Sachs serves as chairman of the brass division and head of the trumpet department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to serving as a faculty member at leading summer festivals-including the Aspen Music Festival, Blekinge International Brass Academy, Domaine Forget, Grand Tetons Music Festival, National Brass Symposium, National Orchestral Institute, and Summit Brass-he presents master classes and workshops at conservatories and major universities throughout the US, Europe, and Asia as a clinician for Conn-Selmer.

    At the invitation of Sir Georg Solti, Mr. Sachs served as principal trumpet and instructor for the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall. He is the author of several orchestral repertoire guides for trumpet players, including The Orchestral Trumpet, a 175-page comprehensive book and CD overview released in May 2012 of standard orchestra trumpet repertoire. Over the past three years, Mr. Sachs has also been integrally involved in the acoustic design and play testing for the creation of the new Artisan line of Bach Stradivarius trumpets.

    Before coming to Cleveland, Mr. Sachs was a member of the Houston Symphony, performed with the Houston Grand Opera, and was a faculty member at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Originally from Los Angeles, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of California-Los Angeles prior to attending The Juilliard School. His former teachers include Mark Gould, Anthony Plog, and James Stamp. Visit for more information.

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    Jack Sutte

    Jack Sutte joined The Cleveland Orchestra trumpet section in 1999. A native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, and The Juilliard School, where he earned a Master of Music degree. He studied with Frank Kaderabek at Curtis, Raymond Mase at Juilliard, and Chris Gekker at the Aspen Festival.

    Mr. Sutte has appeared as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Cleveland Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and Symphony in C, among others. He made his international solo debut in Argentina in 1995 and maintains an active recital schedule, performing a wide range of solo and chamber music. Prior to his Cleveland appointment, he was principal trumpet in Norway's Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Mr. Sutte is a lecturer of trumpet at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and has also taught at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He regularly leads master classes across the US. His recently released album, Beyond the Moon, features previously unrecorded music for trumpet and piano.

    Both of Jack Sutte's parents were acclaimed music educators in Wisconsin, and, as a youth, Jack studied violin, voice, and dance. He is an active participant in The Cleveland Orchestra's Musical Rainbow concert series for young audiences. He attributes much of his successful career to his first trumpet teacher, Patricia Backhaus.

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major, Op. 60, Allegro ma non troppo
Cleveland Orchestra | George Szell, Conductor
Sony Classical

At a Glance

In tonight's concert, there is a comparison to be observed in Beethoven's style and mood from two works in B-flat major: one from the middle period, and one from the late period. The Fourth Symphony begins the concert, and the Grosse Fuge (here enlarged from string quartet to string orchestra) follows after intermission. These two works are contrasted against the evening's other two pieces, by composers a century apart who share a world of artistic visions beyond music. Matthias Pintscher's new work, Chutes d'Étoiles ("Falling Stars"), is being given its New York premiere. It is linked to the work of artist Anselm Kiefer, while Scriabin's Le poème de l'extase (The Poem of Ecstasy) reflects that composer's intense vision of a world of mystical rapture. Both of these works utilize a large orchestra, as well as large ideas.
Program Notes


Jeremy Geffen, Carnegie Hall's director of artistic planning, discusses The Poem of Ecstasy and the eccentric character—who claimed the gift of synesthesia and believed himself to be the center of a cult—who composed it.

$10 student rush tickets are available in the center balcony and balcony sections.
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This concert, presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Lucerne Festival, is made possible by a generous contribution from Roche.