The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst’s first Indiana University Residency to take place January 24-26

Groundbreaking residency will involve every principal musician of the Orchestra teaching and the IU Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra musicians sharing the stage in rehearsal

Centerpiece of the residency is a concert by The Cleveland Orchestra led by Franz Welser-Möst on January 25 with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard as soloist at the IU Auditorium

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra’s first residency at Indiana University will take place January 24-26 in Bloomington, Ind , with the scope of activities providing students with unprecedented access and exposure to one of the country’s major Orchestras over three days.

On Monday, January 24 all 17 of The Cleveland Orchestra’s principal musicians will lead orchestral repertoire master classes with students from the Indiana University (IU) Jacobs School of Music. Musicians in the IU Orchestra will also have the rare opportunity to sit side-by-side with Cleveland Orchestra players in a shared rehearsal led by The Cleveland Orchestra’s Assistant Conductors, James Feddeck, and Sasha Mäkilä.

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will lead the IU Philharmonic in a coaching session of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 on January 24 and will meet with IU conducting students. He will also lead an open rehearsal on Tuesday, January 25 for the centerpiece of the residency, a performance by The Cleveland Orchestra that evening at 8:00 p.m. at the IU Auditorium. The program for this concert is the Overture to Wagner's Tannhäuser, Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life"), and Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard as soloist.

In addition to the teaching and performance activities, the residency will include chamber performances by principal musicians, a visit to Fairview Elementary School and an arts administration seminar. (Full schedule follows.)

The Indiana University Residency is the latest initiative by The Cleveland Orchestra to diversify its activities beyond Cleveland . This month the Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst will return to Miami for its fifth residency, including concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County January 28 and 29. In July the Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst will begin the first of a biennial residency in New York as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Internationally, the Orchestra has ongoing biennial residencies at the Lucerne Festival and at the Musikverein in Vienna .

Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hanson describes the groundbreaking intensity of the residency: “I believe the concentrated nature of our residency at Indiana University is unprecedented in The Cleveland Orchestra’s history. In just two days, there will be 30 events ranging from orchestral repertoire classes, a visit to a local elementary school, and three orchestras including IU students rehearsing with Cleveland Orchestra musicians, all in addition to a Cleveland Orchestra concert and a collaborative chamber concert with IU faculty, students, and Cleveland Orchestra musicians. Franz Welser-Möst and the Orchestra’s musicians are dedicated to teaching and coaching the next generation of this country’s professional musicians.”

“We are extremely pleased to welcome the renowned Cleveland Orchestra to Indiana University ,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. “Our partnership with this magnificent ensemble will provide our students with opportunities to learn from and interact with some of the world's top classical musicians, who promise to deliver an exciting and memorable performance at IU Auditorium.”

Monday, January 24, 4:00 p.m., IU Auditorium
IU Philharmonic reading session led by The Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.
Note: Entry to this event requires ticket to January 25 IU Auditorium event.

Tuesday, January 25, 8:00 p.m. IU Auditorium
The Cleveland Orchestra & Franz Welser-Möst
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
WAGNER Overture to Tannhäuser
BARTOK Piano Concerto No. 2
R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben

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