• Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010

    Conductor Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra Perform Two Concerts in February



    February 4 Concert Features the New York Premiere of
    Toshio Hosokawa’s Woven Dreams;

    February 5 Performance Includes Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor
    with Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard


    On Friday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m., The Cleveland Orchestra performs the first of a pair of weekend concerts at Carnegie Hall with Music Director and Chief Conductor Franz Welser-Möst. The concert features the New York premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Woven Dreams, which received its world premiere at the Lucerne Festival in August 2010 by The Cleveland Orchestra and Maestro Welzer-Möst. Written in 2009, Woven Dreams takes the listener into Hosokawa’s world of dreams as it contemplates the existential subject of birth. Also on the program is Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. The orchestra returns the following evening on Saturday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m. with Maestro Welser-Möst and guest soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard to perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, on a program that also includes Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser and Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta.

    About the Artists
    Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard has created, directed, and performed in groundbreaking residencies at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wiener Konzerthaus, Berliner Philharmonie, Opéra de Paris, the Lucerne Festival, Mozarteum Salzburg, Cité de la Musique, and Southbank Centre. In June 2010, he marked his second year as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. Highlights of the Mr. Aimard’s 2010–2011 season include solo recitals in Berlin, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Vienna, as well as concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Filarmonica della Scala, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Aimard was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award in 2005 and was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America in 2007. Born in Lyon in 1957, Pierre-Laurent Aimard studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and in London with Maria Curcio. At age 19 Mr. Aimard was appointed by Pierre Boulez as Ensemble Intercontemporain's first solo pianist. Mr. Aimard records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon, and his first release for the label, Bach's Art of Fugue, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's classical chart. In 2005, he won a Grammy Award for his recording of Ives’s Concord Sonata and Songs with Susan Graham. His latest disc for Deutsche Grammophon of Ravel’s piano concertos and Miroirs, recorded live with The Cleveland Orchestra and Pierre Boulez, was released in August 2010.

    Franz Welser-Möst began his tenure as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2002. His long-term commitment as music director extends to the orchestra’s centennial in 2018. Concurrently with his post in Cleveland, Mr. Welser-Möst became General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera in September 2010. With a committed focus on music education in Northeast Ohio, Mr. Welser-Möst launched the Community Music Initiative, taking The Cleveland Orchestra into public schools with performances in collaboration with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Under Mr. Welser-Möst’s leadership, The Cleveland Orchestra has established an ongoing biennial residency in Vienna at the Musikverein 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 Miami Residency in Florida and launches a new biennial residency in New York City in 2011 as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Artistic highlights of Mr. Welser-Möst’s first eight seasons as Music Director in Cleveland featured thirteen world and thirteen United States premieres. 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.

    The Cleveland Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst sets standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement 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 orchestra’s educational programs have introduced more than 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 an American orchestra. In the United States, Mr. Welser-Möst and the orchestra have toured from coast to coast, including regular appearances at Carnegie Hall, and in 2007 began a long-term residency project in Miami, Florida. The 2010–11 season marks the beginning of a biennial residency at New York’s Lincoln Center Festival that starts with concerts in summer 2011. The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918 by a group of local citizens. It has been led by seven music directors (Nikolai Sokoloff, Artur Rodzinski, Erich Leinsdorf, George Szell, Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Franz Welser-Möst) and one musical advisor (Pierre Boulez).

    Program Information
    Friday, February 4, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor

    CLAUDE DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    TOSHIO HOSOKAWA Woven Dreams (NY Premiere)
    RICHARD STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

    This 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 Stage

    Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor
    Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano

    RICHARD WAGNER Overture to Tannhäuser
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
    BÉLA BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Jean-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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