The Cleveland Orchestra Announces Details of 2009 Vienna Musikverein Residency and Tour Performances with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst

Tour includes ten concerts, in Toronto , Amsterdam , Paris , Luxembourg , Vienna and Linz

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra will embark on their eighth international tour together, which includes their fourth biennial residency in Vienna ’s historic Musikverein, famous for its golden concert hall with golden sound. The Orchestra will give ten performances in Canada and Europe from October 20 through November 3. The tour includes a concert in Toronto , two concerts in Luxembourg , and single concerts in Amsterdam , Paris , and Linz , and four concerts in Vienna as part of the residency.

Musikverein Residency and Tour Performances During the Musikverein Residency, pianist Mitsuko Uchida will be soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. A long time member of the Cleveland Orchestra family, Ms. Uchida completed a five-year project performing all of Mozart’s piano concertos with the Orchestra in 2007. A recording of recent live performances of The Cleveland Orchestra with Ms. Uchida conducting and performing Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 23 and 24 will be released by Decca in September 2009.

Soprano Malin Hartelius and baritone Simon Keenlyside will appear in the Musikverein performances of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem). The Vienna Singverein, of which Franz Welser-Möst is an honorary member, will also take part in these performances.

Additional tour and residency repertoire includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Haydn’s Symphony No. 85 (“La Reine”), Debussy’s Nuages (Clouds) and Fêtes (Festivals) from Nocturnes, Widmann’s Chor (for orchestra) and Liszt’s A Faust Symphony.

The Musikverein Residency began as a multi-year relationship in 2003. Each residency includes a series of concerts under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst. This was the first such residency by an American orchestra in the history of the Musikverein. Highlights of these critically acclaimed residency concerts have included performances of symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, and Schubert, as well as Stravinsky’s Requiem Canticles and Britten’s War Requiem. The Vienna Singverein has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Musikverein in each of the previous residencies, in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

European Connections Gary Hanson, Executive Director of The Cleveland Orchestra, has announced the formation of a European Advisory Board in support of the Orchestra’s European tours and residencies. Herbert Kloiber, Chairman of the Tele München Group, who leads the new Advisory Board said, “Franz Welser-Möst and this orchestra bring something unique and special to Europe , a combination of artistic excellence at the highest level and a strong educational mission. I am honored to help them build a base of support here.”

Dr. Ludwig Scharinger, CEO of Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich, has recently joined The Cleveland Orchestra’s Board of Trustees, signifying the integration between its home country and European activities. Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich has been an active partner in the Orchestra’s electronic media projects since 2006 and was a sponsor of the 2008 Cleveland Orchestra Salzburg Residency.

Under Franz Welser-Möst’s direction, The Cleveland Orchestra has toured extensively in Europe and regularly participates in residencies in Vienna , Salzburg , Lucerne , and Miami . In January 2007, the Orchestra began a 10-year residency project in Miami , Florida , where it performs at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. This season, the Orchestra begins a multi-year residency at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The Cleveland Orchestra’s residencies are anchored by full orchestral concerts and often include additional activities developed in partnership with local institutions. These activities, which include education and outreach programs, chamber music, and masterclasses, are oriented toward building audiences and developing the next generation of orchestral musicians.

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