The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus Finds a Hero: Robert Shaw Makes His Mark
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4M ago
The Cleveland Orchestra’s most formative choral director suffers, to a degree, from overexposure in public memory on account of his eminence in the international choral community, especially during and after his directorship of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra ..read more
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A “Martyred Opera” Comes to Cleveland
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1y ago
Perhaps no cultural history informs the modern political trajectory as well as that of opera. From its inception, governments and subversive factions alike have capitalized on the opera as a vehicle for allegorical commentary on urgent contemporary issues ..read more
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A Holiday Favorite Gets a Twist: Robert Page and his Messiah Sing-Alongs
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1y ago
“Have you always secretly wanted to perform with The Cleveland Orchestra?” read the headline of a 1974 Plain Dealer article announcing Page’s plans to put on a sing-along of the iconic holiday work, a tradition carried on until 1984 ..read more
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The Szell Shell
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1y ago
As any player of Szell’s orchestra would attest, the conductor had an uncompromising ear grounded in a strong understanding of acoustics and sound technologies. Not even professional decorum precluded his implacable pursuit for the orchestra he envisioned ..read more
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Can a Grammy Spell Trouble?
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1y ago
At the twelfth annual awards ceremony in 1970, The Cleveland Orchestra under Pierre Boulez received its first Grammy for its recording of Debussy’s Images Pour Orchestra with Columbia Records. And although little ink seems to have been spilled on the accolade, plenty was said about what success in the recording industry would entail for performance back home ..read more
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Stravinsky and the Fashion Revolution of 1916
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1y ago
In The Cleveland Orchestra Archives, a single scrapbook usually contains press clippings related to the better part of a season. But the press surrounding the promised arrival of the Ballet Russe occupies a book of its own ..read more
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Rychtarik’s Cleveland Operas: The Birth of Modern Stage Design
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1y ago
A romantic story of artistry if ever there were one, Richard Rychtarik’s rise to prominence as one of the world’s foremost stage designers traces a vibrant trajectory of displacement, disenfranchisement, ingenuity, and artistic conviction that revolves around Cleveland ..read more
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A Gift Befitting Success: Wagner's Baton
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1y ago
Upon returning from its first European tour in 1957, The Cleveland Orchestra was greeted at Severance Hall by throngs of proud Clevelander – and an opulent baton purportedly used by Richard Wagner to conduct his first performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna in 1843 ..read more
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Opening the Doors: Celebrating 50 Years of Key and Family Concerts
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1y ago
From his appointment as Musical Director and Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1946 until his death on July 30,1970, George Szell was the inescapable, dominating presence in Cleveland’s musical life ..read more
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The Mother of The Cleveland Orchestra: Adella Prentiss Hughes
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1y ago
Meet Adella Prentiss Hughes, whose vision, determination, and largesse led to the founding of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1918 ..read more
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