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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jahja Ling conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

Jahja Ling conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in program featuring Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 at the Blossom Festival on August 2

Johannes Moser is soloist in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1

Tito Muñoz conducts Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra in works by Mendelssohn and Mussorgsky

CLEVELAND, July 14, 2009Jahja Ling, music director of the San Diego Symphony and former Blossom Festival Director, will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in an extended-length program at the Blossom Festival on Sunday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. The program presents The Cleveland Orchestra and the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra separately and in a side-by-side performance of Dvořák's Symphony No. 8. Cellist Johannes Moser will be featured with The Cleveland Orchestra in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1.

Mr. Ling will return to conduct the Orchestra at Blossom on Sunday, August 9, in a different program.

The August 2 program begins with two works performed by the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra led by Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Tito Muñoz. They are: Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (arranged by Arnold Schoenberg) and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A major, Opus 90 ("Italian"). After the first intermission, The Cleveland Orchestra's portion of the program, conducted by Jahja Ling, begins with Modest Mussorgsky's Prelude to Khovanshchina, followed by Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 107, featuring Johannes Moser as soloist. After a second intermission, members of the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra will join The Cleveland Orchestra for Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 in G major, Opus 88.

Program notes are available at by the week of the program.

New this season, Lawn/General Admission tickets allow patrons to sit on the lawn or in newly designated General Admission areas in the rear corner sections of the Pavilion, adding 1,500 lower-priced seats in the Pavilion. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any ticketholder.

Also new in 2009, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Lawn for all concerts. For each adult ticket purchase, two children will be admitted free to the Lawn. Each child will receive a free Kids' Lawn Pass. Kids' Lawn Passes will be available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Box Office, and the Lawn Ticket Booth at Blossom, and also will be available for downloading and printing online at Kids' Lawn Passes are required for all children 12 and under on the Lawn. The passes are not valid for entry into the Pavilion. Anyone wishing to sit in the new General Admission area of the Pavilion needs to have a Lawn/General Admission Ticket.

The August 2 concert is co-sponsored by the Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust and by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Zekan.

Biographical information is available on request, as well as at for Jahja Ling and at for Tito Muñoz.

Johannes Moser, cello

To hear audio clips of Johannes Moser, visit his website at

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TICKET PRICES: Pavilion $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19. $82 box seats include complimentary parking in FirstEnergy Lot A and access to the Kulas Plaza VIP services. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Lawn seating area for free for all Blossom Festival concerts.

TICKETS for all remaining 2009 Blossom Festival concerts are now on sale through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Music Center Box Office, online at and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building on East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open during the summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Blossom Music Center Box Office is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (and through intermission on Blossom Festival concert dates).

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (local call for 216 and 440 area codes) or (800) 686-1141 during the regular Severance Hall 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. Please note: There are no added service charges or handling fees for Blossom Festival concert tickets purchased in person or by phone through the Blossom or Severance Hall ticket offices, or online through the Orchestra's website.

PARKING: Ample free parking is available. Patrons who buy Pavilion tickets at least 10 days prior to these performances will receive a free dated parking pass for one of Blossom's paved parking lots. (The 10-day advance purchase requirement is to allow time for postal delivery.) These paved parking lots are ADA accessible with ADA transport services to the Pavilion. In addition, there are a limited number of paid parking spaces available in the FirstEnergy Lot A (behind the Box Office) for purchase at $15 per vehicle (10-day advance purchase required). Call (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 for further details.


Sunday, August 2, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.

Blossom Music Center



JAHJA LING, conductor

TITO MUÑOZ, conductor


DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

(arranged by Arnold Schoenberg)

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 ("Italian")

Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra, Tito Muñoz conducting

MUSSORGSKY Prelude to Khovanshchina

SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1

The Cleveland Orchestra, Jahja Ling conducting

DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8

The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra,

Jahja Ling conducting

Concert Co-sponsors: Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust and

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Zekan

TICKETS: Pavilion $82 (box), $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19

Lawn seating for children 12 and under: FREE

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ondine Announces World Premiere Recording of Hindemith's Klaviermusik mit Orchester

Ondine announces world premiere

recording of major Hindemith Work

Klaviermusik mit Orchester, Op. 29

featuring pianist Leon Fleisher

with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra

led by Christoph Eschenbach

North American release date: April 28, 2009

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Ondine is proud to announce the April 28, 2009 release of the first-ever commercial recording of a long-lost major work by Paul Hindemith, the Klaviermusik mit Orchester, Op. 29 for piano left-hand and orchestra. The New York Times has called it, "a fantastic work that requires tremendous technique and stamina" (December 2, 2006). The disc also features Antonín Dvořák's popular Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World").

Hindemith wrote this concerto in 1923 for the left-hand pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during the First World War. Wittgenstein never performed it, and it was only upon the death of his widow, in 2002, that the piece was discovered in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania; the work received an acclaimed 2004 world premiere in Berlin, with piano legend Leon Fleisher as soloist and the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. Leon Fleisher, who is one of the most prominent specialists of left-hand repertoire, is the soloist on this recording.

Christoph Eschenbach, one of today's leading conductors, directs the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra the Philadelphia Inquirer claimed, "that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble."

The Curtis Institute of Music expresses its deep appreciation to the Neubauer Family Foundation, which has made possible and underwritten this recording of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.


Paul Hindemith (1895–1963)

1–4 Klaviermusik mit Orchester, Op. 29 (1923)

for piano (left hand) and orchestra

Leon Fleisher, piano (world premiere recording)

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)

5–8 Symphony No. 9 in E minor,

Op. 95 "From the New World"

Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach

Live recording [64'18]

Full price CD


UPC: 0761195114124

US STREET DATE: April 28, 2009


Leon Fleisher

Renowned pianist, conductor and teacher Leon Fleisher started piano lessons in his native San Francisco at age four, and gave his first recital at eight. A year later he began studying with the great German pianist Artur Schnabel, a fourth-generation Beethoven pupil, and by 16, in 1944, made his debut with the New York Philharmonic. He was the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, in 1952. Fleisher's career was on a smooth upward trajectory for the next dozen years: he concertized all over the world with every major orchestra and conductor, gave recitals, and made numerous touchstone recordings, including the piano concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Schumann, and Rachmaninov, with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Fleisher was suddenly struck silent when two fingers of his right hand became immobile in 1965. He was forced to "retire" when only 37 years old. This was the defining moment in his career until the late 1990's, when he began treatments that finally helped relieve the neurological affliction known as 'focal dystonia.' Fleisher has been playing infrequently with both hands again, and in 2004 made his first two-hand recording in 40 years called Two Hands. In the years since Leon Fleisher's keyboard career was so suddenly curtailed, he has followed two parallel careers – as conductor and teacher – while learning to play the extensive but limiting repertoire of compositions for piano left-hand.

Mr. Fleisher's reputation as a conductor was quickly established when he founded the Theatre Chamber Players at the Kennedy Center in 1967 and became Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony in 1970. He has since appeared as guest conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Montreal, and Detroit, among others. He also had a regular association with the New Japan Philharmonic as its Principal Guest Conductor, as well as with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Teaching has been a crucially important element in Leon Fleisher's life. As a revered pedagogue, he has held the Andrew W. Mellon Chair at the Peabody Conservatory of Music since 1959, and also serves on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. From 1986–97 he was Artistic Director of the Tanglewood Music Center. His teaching activities at the Aspen, Lucerne, Ravinia, and Verbier festivals have brought him in contact with students from all over the world. He has also given master classes at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Paris Conservatory, the Ravel Academy at Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the Reina Sofia School in Madrid, the Mishkenot in Jerusalem, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Christoph Eschenbach

Held in high esteem by the world's foremost orchestras and opera houses for his commanding presence, versatility, and consummate musicianship, Christoph Eschenbach has also been acclaimed for his creative insight and dynamic energy, as a conductor, collaborator, and ardent champion of young musicians.

A prolific recording artist, Mr. Eschenbach has made numerous recordings on various labels as conductor, pianist, or both. His discography includes works of Bach, Bartók, Berg, Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Mozart, Ravel, Schoenberg, Schumann, Shostakovich, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky. A champion of contemporary music, Mr. Eschenbach has also recorded works by such composers as Adams, Berio, Glass, Lourié, Picker, Pintscher, Rouse, and Schnittke.

Before turning to conducting, Mr. Eschenbach had earned a distinguished reputation as a concert pianist. He began winning major competitions at the age of 11, and made his United States debut in 1969 with the Cleveland Orchestra. He learned the art of conducting under, among others, George Szell, who personally took him as his protégé, and with whom he worked for over three years. In addition, Herbert von Karajan was his mentor for nearly 25 years, and he credits him as having had a tremendous influence on his development as a conductor.

Mr. Eschenbach made his conducting debut in Hamburg in 1972. In 1981 he was named principal guest conductor of Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, and was chief conductor from 1982 to 1986. Additional posts include music director of the Houston Symphony (1988–1999); chief conductor of the Hamburg NDR Symphony (1998–2004); music director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (1999–2002); music director of the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony (1994–2003); music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra (2003–2008); and music director of the Orchestre de Paris since 2000. In autumn 2010, he will assume the music directorship of the National Symphony Orchestra and the specially created position of music director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, both in Washington, D.C.

Among Mr. Eschenbach's most recent awards are the Légion d'Honneur of France and the Officer's Cross with Star and Ribbon of the German Order of Merit. In 1993 he received the Leonard Bernstein Award, presented to him by the Pacific Music Festival, where he served as co-artistic director from 1992 to 1998.

Christoph Eschenbach has had a long and continuing association with the Curtis Institute of Music, working closely with its conducting, composition, and general student body, as well as conducting the Curtis Symphony Orchestra on a regular basis.

The Curtis Institute of Music

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to share the extraordinary artistry of Curtis students with a worldwide audience. Over the past few years, Christoph Eschenbach has led the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in many outstanding performances, and this project captures their unique relationship on record." (Roberto Díaz, President of The Curtis Institute of Music).

The Curtis Institute of Music trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 162 students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. A Curtis education is uniquely tailored to the individual student, with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and unusually frequent performance opportunities. This distinctive "learn by doing" approach to musical training has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

Curtis Symphony Orchestra

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, composed of more than one hundred players between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five, has been called "an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble" (The Philadelphia Inquirer). The orchestra performs a three-concert season in Philadelphia's Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as programs elsewhere in the region and occasionally at Carnegie Hall. World-renowned conductors frequently lead the orchestra in reading sessions and in concert; recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. This real-world training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in major orchestras across the United States, Canada, and abroad.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tiny Tots: Magical Melody Train Ride

Vancouver BC – The VSO presents Tiny Tots: Magical Melody Train Ride on March 13th at 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:30pm at the Playhouse Theatre in Downtown Vancouver and March 14th at 10:00am and 11:30am at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. Dance and sing to music from the New World, focusing on the great classical composer Antonin Dvorak, in these interactive concerts that engage the entire family.

Tiny Tots is a 4-concert series for the little ones, from toddlers to five years of age, held in the intimate performance spaces of the Playhouse Theatre in Downtown Vancouver and the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. This series features professional music educators and musicians, Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda also known as twin sisters Lisa Allison and Linda Sebenius – a pair that is devoted to developing and presenting “The Very Best Music for the Very YoungTM”. Visit Lisa and Linda at


Tiny Tots Series:

Magical Melody Train Ride

Friday, March 13, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

Saturday, March14, 10:00am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre

Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, entertainers

Featuring the Music of Dvorak. Dance and sing, by land and sea to music from the New World.

Adult Tickets $15, Child Tickets $7

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Premier Education Partner:


Special Thanks:

The VSO's Tiny Tots series has been endowed by a generous gift from Mary and Gordon Christopher


Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, entertainers

Lisa G. Allison
Artistic Director (M.A. Music Education)
As Artistic Director, Lisa co-ordinates staging, set design, and costuming for live performances. In addition, Lisa is footage coordinator and lead editor for Music Shine Media video productions. When not performing with Let Your Music Shine and editing amazing footage, Lisa is a Voice/Performance Coach and Director of LGMusic Voice Studio and an Elementary Music Specialist for the Lake Washington School District.

Linda Sebenius
Music Director (B.A. Music Theory/Composition)
As Music Director, Linda is the lead orchestrator and arranger for Let Your Music Shine. Whether it is a brass quartet playing Beethoven's Fifth, or a string quartet playing Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Linda makes the magic of classical music come alive for the youngest listener. As a composer, Linda's original works were featured in the 2003 and 2005 New Works/New Hope concerts to benefit Gilda's Club. Linda also scores music for film and won a 1999 Nell Shipman award for the hilarious short film "Pendemonium."

For more information visit:

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bernarda Fink performs Schubert and Dvorak with SMAT

Bernarda Fink performs Schubert and Dvorak.
The renowned Argentine-born mezzo-soprano, Bernarda Fink conquered the Montreal public and medias when she presented a recital for the ATMS in October 2004 (Salle Claude-Champagne). Her recital, with the brilliant British pianist, Roger Vignoles, remains one of the major moments of our artistic programming. It is with great pride that the artistic direction has re-invited this most distinguished artist in a program devoted to two composers: Franz Schubert and Anton Dvorak. The American pianist, Anthony Spiri will accompany her on this new North-American tour.

Wednesday, January 14. 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Redpath Hall
3461 McTavish St. (metro McGill)
$ 40 • $ 34 ( 65 & +) • $ 25 (22 & -)
Member: $ 35 • $ 30 ( 65 & +) • $ 20 (22 & -)

Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
Renowned for her innate musicality, Bernarda Fink has perfor-med a vast array of works from the baroque to the contemporary. She has been invited to perform which such orchestras as the philharmonic orchestras of London, Vienna and Berlin as well as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra. She has sung under the direction of such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, René Jacobs, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Mariss Jansons, Sir Neville Marriner, Marc Minkowski and Riccardo Muti.
Bernarda Fink has performed at numerous festivals such as those of Salzburg, the Mozartwochen, the Printemps de Prague, London's Promenade Concerts and the Tokyo Summer Festival. She has given recitals at the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, in Salzburg, at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and in Hohenems, at the Concertgebouw, at London's Wigmore Hall and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris as well as New York's Carnegie Hall.
This past season in Europe, she has interpreted Bach Passions and cantatas with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Ivan Fischer. In recital, she has performed with Oleg Maisenberg and Thomas Quasthoff as well as with her brother, Marcos Fink, at Groningue and Enschede and with Genia Kühmeier at the Schwarzenberg and Hohenems Schubertiades. On the operatic stage, she has performed Idamante in Luc Bondy's production of Mozart's Idomeneo under the direction of Jesús López Cobos in Madrid.
Bernarda Fink has participated in over sixty recordings. Many have earned prestigious prizes (Grammy Awards and Diapason d'Or), most notably the series of lieder recordings devoted to Dvorak, Schumann and Brahms for Harmonia Mundi with the pianist Roger Vignoles. Her recording of the cycles Les nuits d'été (Berlioz) and Shéhérazade (Ravel) also won a horde of prizes. The recently released CD of Schubert lieder with pianist, Gerold Huber was widely acclaimed by the musical press.
« One of the records of the year, no doubt. » Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times
« Quelle artiste! … elle vous vrille le cœur. Profondément et durablement. » Christophe Huss, Le Devoir
« ... a jewel in a very large crown of Schubertian glories » Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition
« … a lieder disc of distinction. » Anna Picard, The Independent

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Auf der Riesenkoppe D 611
An die Nachtigall D 196
Der Vollmond strahlt auf
Bergeshöhn D 797/3b
Frühlingsglaube D686
An Silvia D 891
Die Götter Griechenlands D 677
Nachtviolen D 752
An den Mond D 193
Die Sternenwelten D 307
Six mélodies sur des textes de Goethe
Rastlose Liebe D 138
Geheimes D 719
Ganymed D 544
Auf dem See D 543b
Wonne der Wehmut D 260
Suleika I D 720
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Biblické Pisne, op. 99
Oblak a mrákota jest vukolol neho
Slys, ó Boze! Slys modlitbu mou
Hospodin jest muj pastyr
Pfii fiekách babylonskych
Spívejte Hospodinu písen novou
Ciganské melodie, op. 55
Má písen zas mi láskou zní
Aj! Kterak trojhranec muj
pfierozkosnû zvoní
A les je tichy kolem kol
Kdyz mne stará matka zpívat,
zpívat uãívala
Struna naladûna, hochu, toã se v kole
Siroké rukávy a siroké gatû
Dejte klec jestfiábu ze zlata ryzého

Société musicale André-Turp
Café d'art vocal
1223, rue Amherst
Montréal (Québec) H2L 3K9
(514) 397-0068

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