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Friday, June 19, 2009

Music Director Franz Welser-Mst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in Shostakovichs Symphony No. 5

Music Director Franz Welser-Mst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 at the Blossom Festival on July 18

Nikolaj Znaider is soloist in the Beethoven Violin Concerto

Music Director Franz Welser-Mst will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 at the Blossom Festival on Saturday, July 18, at 8:00 p.m. The program also will feature Nikolaj Znaider as soloist in Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Following Mr. Znaider's performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto with The Cleveland Orchestra and guest conductor Pinchas Steinberg in February 2009, the Cleveland Plain Dealer commented, "Znaider met Brahms' challenge with a commanding, Apollonian technique. His bowing was flawless, moving among the strings seamlessly, and the triple-stopped chords in the lengthy first movement were played as precisely as if they had been sounded on a keyboard. Yet there was fire aplenty. Beneath Brahms' hard-fought logic there is a suppressed passion that Znaider emphasized brilliantly in his phrasing and attack."

The July 18 program will begin with Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 61. After intermission, the program concludes with Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 in D minor, opus 47. The Cleveland Orchestra and Mr. Welser-Mst will perform the Shostakovich symphony in four cities during their fall 2009 European Tour/Musikverein Residency, which begins in Toronto, Canada, and takes place from October 20-November 3.

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.

Biographical information on Franz Welser-Mst follows. Biographical information on Nikolaj Znaider is available on request.

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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 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. (closed Monday, July 6). 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.


Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.

Blossom Music Center




BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto


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

Lawn seating for children 12 and under: FREE

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill with the TSO

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra today announced that vocalist Ute Lemper will perform Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins on Wednesday, October 1, and Thursday, October 2, at Roy Thomson Hall and then travel with the TSO to Carnegie Hall on Saturday, October 4, 2008.

This performance of Weill's Seven Deadly Sins replaces the previously announced North American premire of Benjamin Yusupov's Viola Tango Rock Concerto. Maxim Vengerov and dancer Christiane Palha, who were originally scheduled to perform as soloists in the Yusupov work, will no longer appear as part of this concert. Mr. Vengerov has cancelled his appearance due to personal reasons. The remainder of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's programme, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 "The Year 1905", is unchanged.

Multi-talented German sensation Ute Lemper is a singer, songwriter, painter, actress, and writer. Deeply influenced by her homeland's dark, complex, and powerfully creative past, Lemper is one of the most compelling and versatile artists in the world today. Along with other influential artists such as Lou Reed, Nina Hagen, and Roger Waters, Ute Lemper is today's keeper of the Weimar-era creative flame.

As a young composer, Kurt Weill (1900 - 1950) was drawn to musical theatre and vocal music, and his songs were tremendously popular throughout Germany by the beginning of the 1930s. He composed his sung ballet (ballet chant), The Seven Deadly Sins (Die sieben Todsnden) in 1933, a very turbulent time throughout Europe. Because of his Jewish background and creative collaborations with leftist writer Bertolt Brecht, Weill was forced to flee his native country and settle in Paris. The highly satirical The Seven Deadly Sins was Weill's last work composed in his European theatre style, most notably characterized by its directness. After his death in 1950, his widow Lotte Lenya revived this remarkable work, known for its biting critique of capitalism and remarkably haunting music. Since then, it has never lost its appeal with audiences and performers alike. Ms. Lemper's 1990 recording of The Seven Deadly Sins is available on the Decca label.

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Ute Lemper, vocalist
Kurt Weill The Seven Deadly Sins
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905"
Wednesday, October 1 & Thursday, October 1, 2008 at 8pm at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto
Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall in New York

And can be purchased by calling the Toronto Symphony Subscriber Hotline at 416.598.3375
or online

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