The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst announce 2010 Lucerne Residency and summer tour performances

The world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Woven Dreams, the fifth in a series of Roche Commissions, will take place at the Lucerne Festival

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra will embark on their ninth international tour together, including the Orchestra’s ninth appearance at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. The Orchestra will perform three programs at the Lucerne Festival, and five concerts in Scotland, Germany, and Italy.

Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra begin the summer 2010 European tour in Edinburgh , Scotland , at the Edinburgh International Festival with two performances at Usher Hall. Founded in 1947, the three-week annual event takes place in six major concert halls and theaters, plus additional smaller venues. On Tuesday, August 17, the program includes three short works by Ives, including two organ solos, Variations on “ America ,” and Postlude in F, to be played by Joela Jones, the Principal Keyboardist of The Cleveland Orchestra. These works surround From the Steeples and the Mountains, performed by members of the Orchestra. The program concludes with Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony.

The second program in Edinburgh, on Wednesday, August 18, includes Korngold’s Prelude to Act II and “Mariettas Lied” from Die tote Stadt, Berg’s Suite from Lulu, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. American soprano Laura Aikin will join the Orchestra in Korngold’s aria and the Suite from Lulu.

The Cleveland Orchestra debuts at the Grafenegg Music Festival on Friday, August 20, with a program of Schubert’s Fourth Symphony and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. The festival, begun in 2007, is in a park on the grounds of the historic fairytale-like Grafenegg Castle in lower Austria. Both a modern open-air stage with a pavilion and a concert hall were built recently to provide world-class venues for the festival. More than 10 international orchestras will perform at the Grafenegg Music Festival this season, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Marinsky Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

On Tuesday, August 24, The Cleveland Orchestra repeats the Grafenegg Music Festival program for the opening of the Merano Festival. Near Germany, Merano sits at the foot of the Alps. The festival, a month long, began in 1986 with chamber music performances, and is now visited by leading international orchestras.

The tour concludes with a performance at the Stresa Festival in Italy on the banks of Lake Maggiore. The program is Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. Founded in 1961, the Stresa Festival presents symphonic concerts, chamber music, solo recitals, and opera. Concerts are presented all summer at unique venues including churches and palaces. The Orchestra will perform in the Palazzo dei Congressi on August 29.

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