Cleveland Orchestra to Premiere new work by Jörg Widmann

German composer Jörg Widmann (pictured) is the Orchestra’s sixth Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow, serving for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Mr. Widmann is a winner of the Claudio Abbado Composition Award of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. He has been composer-in-residence at the Salzburg Festival, and his music has been performed by the Vienna Philharmonic.

During a two-year relationship with the Orchestra, the Lewis Fellow composes a new piece for the Orchestra. He is in residence for two weeks, participating in rehearsals, master classes, and educational activities. The Young Composers Endowment Fund was established in 1997 by a $1 million gift from Jan R. and Daniel R. Lewis, who reside in Florida . Mr. Lewis is the Chair of the Musical Arts Association of Miami.

Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the Cleveland premiere of Mr. Widmann’s Chor (for orchestra) at Severance Hall in October 2009, and guest conductor Jonathan Nott will lead the United States premiere of Mr. Widmann’s Con brio (Concert Overture for Orchestra) in November 2009.

A new work by Mr. Widmann will be given its world premiere under Franz Welser-Möst’s direction during the 2010-11 season. The work has been commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra through the Young Composers Fund, endowed by Jan R. and Daniel R. Lewis.

The 2009-10 season will also include a special free concert at Severance Hall on June 5, 2010 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow program. The program will be conducted by Matthias Pintscher and includes Concertate il suono by Marc-Andre Dalbavié; with lilies white by Matthias Pintscher; Translucence, by Susan Botti; a work by Julian Anderson, to be announced; and On Comparative Meteorology, by Johannes Maria Staud. The concert is free and open to the public as part of the Orchestra’s new Community Music Initiative.

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