LSM Newswire

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in program featuring Liszt's A Faust Symphony at Severance Hall on October 8 and 10

Mitsuko Uchida is soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4

Thursday, October 8, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, at 8:00 p.m.

Severance Hall


BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
LISZT A Faust Symphony

CLEVELAND – Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring Liszt's A Faust Symphony at Severance Hall on Thursday, October 8, and Saturday, October 10, at 8:00 p.m. Mitsuko Uchida will be soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4.

The program begins with Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Opus 58. After intermission, the program concludes with Franz Liszt's A Faust Symphony.

TICKET PRICES (Add $5 for Saturday): Orchestra: $71, $47; Dress Circle: $93, $55; Balcony: $71, $55, $31.

Concert Previews will be given prior to the October 8 and 10 concerts, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in Reinberger Chamber Hall. The Preview speaker will be Francesca Brittan, assistant professor of music, Case Western Reserve University. Concert Previews are designed to enrich the concert-going experience by providing historical background and critical insight into the music performed at each concert. This series is funded by a generous endowment gift from Dorothy Humel Hovorka and supported by The Reinberger Foundation. The entrance to Reinberger Chamber Hall is located on the ground floor of Severance Hall, off the Smith Lobby. The Smith Lobby is entered via the Rankin Entrance off East Boulevard or the Schey Entrance off Euclid Avenue.

Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida's interpretations of a wide range of repertoire have gained her a formidable reputation as a pianist who brings intellectual acuity and musical insight to her performances. She is particularly noted for her interpretations of Mozart and Schubert, both in the concert hall and on CD, and also has illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, and Boulez.

Ms. Uchida made her Cleveland Orchestra debut in February 1990, and has since performed with the Orchestra at Severance Hall, at the Blossom Festival, and on tour to Europe and Japan. In October, she will join the Orchestra during its European Tour for performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in Luxembourg and Vienna. Ms. Uchida made her Cleveland Orchestra conducting debut in March 1998. From 2002 to 2007, she served as artist-in-residence with the Orchestra, and performed a cycle of Mozart's piano concertos, conducting from the keyboard. Her most recent appearances with the Orchestra were in performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25, under the direction of Colin Davis, at Severance Hall in April 2009. Ms. Uchida's recording with The Cleveland Orchestra, as solo pianist and conductor of the Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 23 and 24, recorded live in concert at Severance Hall in December 2008, has just been released.

During recent seasons, Mitsuko Uchida has been giving performances of Beethoven's last three piano sonatas, and Opus numbers 101 and 106 ("Hammerklavier"), including a critically acclaimed performance at Royal Festival Hall in London.

Mitsuko Uchida performs throughout the world with many different musical partners. In March 2009, she toured Europe with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, as soloist in the Schoenberg Piano Concerto. In addition to appearing as a regular guest artist at both the Salzburg Mozartwoche and the Salzburg Festival, she gave concerts this year with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Hagen Quartet and performed in recital with soprano Magdalena Kožená. This season, Ms. Uchida continues her focus on Beethoven, performing all five of his piano concertos with Simon Rattle during a month's residency with the Berlin Philharmonic in February 2010. She will also be participating in a European concert tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; giving solo recitals in Paris, New York, and Tokyo; returning to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and appearing at the Vienna Festival with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain performing Berg's Chamber Concerto with violinist Christian Tetzlaff. She will also embark on a recording project of solo piano works by Schumann.

Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca, and her recordings include the complete Mozart piano sonatas and piano concertos; the complete Schubert piano sonatas; Debussy's Etudes; the five Beethoven piano concertos with Kurt Sanderling; a CD of Mozart Sonatas for Piano and Violin with Mark Steinberg, Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin with Ian Bostridge for EMI; the final five Beethoven piano sonatas; and the 2008 recording of Berg's Chamber Concerto with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez, and Christian Tetzlaff. Ms. Uchida's 2001 recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and The Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including one from Gramophone for "best concerto recording." In April 2008, BBC Music Magazine presented its Instrumentalist of the Year and Disc of the Year awards to Ms. Uchida, for her recording of Beethoven's Sonatas Opus 101 and 106.

Mitsuko Uchida has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to aiding the development of young musicians and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She is also co-director, with Richard Goode, of the Marlboro Music Festival. In June 2009, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along East Boulevard. Single tickets for all concerts in the 2009-10 season are now on sale.

Severance Hall Ticket Office Hours:
M-F 9-6
Sat. 10-6
Closed Sundays and major holidays, except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office opens three hours prior to the performance start time.

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (Cleveland) or 800-686-1141 during the regular ticket office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestra's website at The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings.

For evening subscription concerts at Severance Hall, night-of-concert parking can be purchased for $10 per vehicle, when space permits, in the Campus Center Garage (the underground garage located directly behind Severance Hall). Pre-paid parking for the Campus Center Garage can be purchased in advance through the Ticket Office at the cost of $14 per concert (this includes City of Cleveland parking tax and handling fee). The pre-paid parking ensures patrons a parking space, but availability of these pre-paid parking passes is limited.

For further information, or to order pre-paid parking, patrons should call the Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Office during regular office hours at (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141. Pre-paid parking passes are also available through The Cleveland Orchestra's website at

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