Modern music dominates new season for Cleveland Orchestra
Issue date: 9/3/10 Section: Focus
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This season features an array of modern work. Nearly half of the orchestra's programmed material is from the twentieth or twenty-first centuries, a departure from seasons past when audiences were lucky to hear a fraction of the contemporary music slated for this year. For instance, last season modern pieces made up only 20 percent of their programmed material.
Among the new music are three premieres: Jörg Widmann's Con Brio and Toshio Hosokawa's Woven Dreams, to be presented for the first time on U.S. soil, as well as the world premiere of Widmann's flute concerto, which will feature soloist and principal flautist for the orchestra, Joshua Smith, on the very last concert rotation of the season (May 26-28).
Fans of older music, however, should not be afraid. The orchestra will still perform many 'tried and true' classics, including symphonies by Romantic-era favorites (Beethoven, Brahms, Dvo?ák, and Tchaikovsky) as well as the more bombastic turn-of-the-century types (Bruckner and Mahler). Several outstanding concerti for violin and piano will be presented, including Rachmaninov's famed Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and audiences will even hearsuch beloved pieces as Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Holst's The Planets.