Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Cleveland Orchestra presents Composers Connect, a free evening of contemporary music June 5

The Cleveland Orchestra presents Composers Connect, a free evening of contemporary music concerts Saturday, June 5 at Severance Hall

Concerts celebrate 10 years of the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellowship with works by Susan Botti, Marc-André Dalbavie, Matthias Pintscher and Johannes Maria Straud

The Cleveland Orchestra will close the 2009-10 Severance Hall season with an evening of free performances celebrating works commissioned for the Orchestra over the past decade by four of the Orchestra’s Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellows on Saturday, June 5. Two free, one-hour Cleveland Orchestra concerts will take place at 7:00 p.m. and at 9:00 p.m. During the interlude, there will be a party in the Grand Foyer and outside on the Terrace (weather permitting). Food and drinks will be available for purchase as the audience moves from the hall out through the Grand Foyer onto the terrace to hear an amplified performance of Andriessen’s Workers Union, a unique piece written in 1975 for “any loud-sounding group of instruments,” that has been recorded around the world, notably by the Bang on a Can All-Stars in 2001.

Composer Matthias Pintscher will lead both concerts, beginning with a program of Susan Botti’s Translucence and Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology. A second concert will conclude the festivities with Marc-André Dalbavie’s Concertate il suono and Mr. Pintscher’s piece with lilies white. Mr. Pintscher will introduce the pieces from the stage.

The evening will begin with a dialogue at 6:00 p.m. on stage at Severance Hall with composers Susan Botti, a native of Cleveland who now teaches and composes in New York City , and Marc-André Dalbavie, who lives in the French Mediterranean town of St. Cyprien and works in Paris . Host Keith Fitch , the head of the composition department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will invite the audience to participate in a conversation about creation, performance, and the role of new music for orchestras.

Entrance to the concerts and interlude party is free, but tickets are required and are available from www.clevelandorchestra.com or the Severance Hall Ticket Office.

About the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow Program
The Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow program began in 1998. During a two-year relationship with the Orchestra, the Lewis Fellows compose a new piece for the Orchestra. Composers are in residence for two weeks each season, participating in rehearsals, masterclasses, and educational activities. Works by the composers are commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra through the Young Composers Endowment Fund, which 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. A new work by the sixth Lewis Fellow, Jörg Widmann, will be given its world premiere under Franz Welser-Möst’s direction during the 2010-11 season. Mr. Widmann’s piece Chor was performed by the Orchestra earlier this season, and the Cleveland Orchestra premiere of his piece Con brio will be performed in the 2010-11 season. Julian Anderson was the Lewis Fellow from 2005-2007. His commission for the Orchestra, Fantasias, premiered in 2009.

FREE CONCERT PREVIEW:
A Concert Preview will be given prior to the concert, beginning at 6:00 p.m. A discussion with composers Susan Botti and Marc-André Dalbavie about creation, performance, and the role of new music for orchestras will be led by Keith Fitch , head of the composition department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. This preview series is funded by a generous endowment gift from Dorothy Humel Hovorka.

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