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Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Cleveland Orchestra announces Fall 2010 Tokyo Residency and Asian Tour

The Orchestra returns to Tokyo in a four-concert Residency at Suntory Hall

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leads four programs in Japan and South Korea

Mitsuko Uchida is pianist and conductor for Mozart programs and featured soloist in Beethoven program in Japan

Tour includes first Cleveland Orchestra appearances at Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo and Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya, Japan, and at Goyang Arts Center and Seoul Arts Center in South Korea

CLEVELAND, March 15, 2010 – Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra will embark on their tenth international tour together this fall, performing in Japan and South Korea.  Pianist Mitsuko Uchida will join the Orchestra in Japan.  The eight-concert, four-city tour begins with a performance in Sapporo, Japan, on November 10 and ends with a program at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea on November 21.  The centerpiece of the tour is a Cleveland Orchestra Residency at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, with four concerts at the acclaimed venue.

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida will conduct from the keyboard in all-Mozart programs at Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo (November 10), at Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya (November 12), and in concerts at Suntory Hall in Tokyo (November 14 and 16).  Ms. Uchida will also be featured as soloist with Franz Welser-Möst conducting an all-Beethoven program consisting of the Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Opus 58, and the Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) in E-flat major, Opus 55, at Suntory Hall on November 18.
 
Franz Welser-Möst will conduct a second program at Suntory Hall consisting of Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Takemitsu’s Dream/Window, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E major on November 17.  
         
The tour concludes with Mr. Welser-Möst conducting two programs in South Korea. On Saturday, November 20, he leads Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; Divertimento in D major, K. 136; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) at the Goyang Arts Center. On Sunday, November 21, Mr. Welser-Möst conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E major and two works excerpted from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes – the Four Sea Interludes and the Passacaglia – at the Seoul Arts Center.

The Cleveland Orchestra in Asia
The Orchestra first performed in Japan in 1970 and most recently appeared there in 1998, during a tour of Japan and China.  The Cleveland Orchestra performed in Seoul, South Korea, for the first time in 1970, and most recently appeared there in 1978.  

TOUR FACTS AND HISTORY:
·       Kitara Concert Hall:  The Orchestra has previously played in Sapporo in 1970.  This is the Orchestra’s first performance in Kitara Concert Hall.
·       This will be the Orchestra’s first performance in the city of Nishinomiya, at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center.
·       The Cleveland Orchestra has performed 12 times at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, including concerts for a Beethoven series with Christoph von Dohnányi, the Orchestra’s former Music Director, in 1993, during which Mitsuko Uchida appeared as piano soloist.  The Orchestra most recently performed at the hall in 1998.
·       The Orchestra has previously performed in Seoul in 1970 and 1978. 
·       This will be its first time performing at the Goyang Arts Center in Goyang, South Korea, which opened in 2004, and the Seoul Arts Center, in Seoul, which opened in 1988.

International tours of The Cleveland Orchestra are supported by the Frances Elizabeth Wilkinson International Touring Fund.

(A detailed tour schedule, brief Orchestra history,
and biographies of Franz Welser-Möst and Mitsuko Uchida follow.)
 
THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
TOKYO RESIDENCY AND ASIAN TOUR
NOVEMBER 10-21, 2010

SAPPORO, JAPAN
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Kitara Concert Hall
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor/piano
         
MOZART: Divertimento in D major, K.136
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595

Nishinomiya, JAPAN
Friday, November 12, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Hyogo Performing Arts Center
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor/piano

MOZART: Divertimento in F major, K.138
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491

TOKYO, JAPAN
Sunday, November 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Suntory Hall
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor/piano

MOZART: Divertimento in F major, K.138
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491

TOKYO, JAPAN
Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Suntory Hall
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor/piano

MOZART: Divertimento in D major, K.136
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595

TOKYO, JAPAN
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Suntory Hall
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
TAKEMITSU: Dream/Window
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 

TOKYO, JAPAN
Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Suntory Hall
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)

GOYANG, SOUTH KOREA
Saturday, November 20, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.
Goyang Arts Center
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
MOZART: Divertimento in D major, K.136
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Sunday, November 21, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.
Seoul Arts Center
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

BRITTEN: “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes
BRITTEN: Passacaglia from Peter Grimes
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7

A Brief History of The Cleveland Orchestra
Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world.  In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and at each summer’s Blossom Festival, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement.

The Cleveland Orchestra’s educational programs, a cornerstone of the Orchestra’s original mission, have introduced nearly four million Cleveland-area schoolchildren to symphonic music since 1921.  During the 2009-10 season, the Orchestra launched a Community Music Initiative that began with orchestral performances led by Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland Metropolitan School District public schools.  Designed to provide greater access to orchestral music for more of Northeast Ohio’s citizens than ever before, the Community Music Initiative introduces new programs throughout the year for students from preschool through high school.  The season closes in June 2010 with a free retrospective concert celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer fellowships, featuring new works created through this ongoing program.

The partnership with Franz Welser-Möst, now in its eighth season, has earned The Cleveland Orchestra unprecedented residencies in the United States and in Europe, including one at the Musik­verein in Vienna – the first of its kind by an American orchestra.  The Orchestra returned to Vienna during the 2009-10 season for its fourth Musikverein Residency as part of a nine-concert tour.  The Orchestra regularly appears at European festivals, including an ongoing series of biennial residencies at the Lucerne Festival (featuring Roche Commissions, a project involving the Orchestra, the Festival, and Carnegie Hall).  In the United States, Mr. Welser-Möst and the Orchestra have toured from coast to coast, including regular appearances at Carnegie Hall, and in January 2007 began an unprecedented long-term residency project in Miami, Florida, where they perform annually at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and provide a wide array of community and educational activities.  In addition, the 2009-10 season marks the announcement of a residency at New York’s Lincoln Center Festival that starts in 2011 and will feature The Cleveland Orchestra in Vienna State Opera productions.

 The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918 by a group of local citizens.  It has been led by seven music directors (Nikolai Sokoloff 1918-33, Artur Rodzinski 1933-43, Erich Leinsdorf 1943-46, George Szell 1946-70, Lorin Maazel 1972-82, Christoph von Dohnányi 1984-2002, and Franz Welser-Möst 2002-present), and one musical advisor (Pierre Boulez 1970-72).  Expansion to a year-round schedule was made possible in 1968 with the opening of Blossom Music Center, an outdoor facility in nearby Cuyahoga Falls that is home to the Orchestra’s Blossom Festival.  Today, touring, residencies, radio broadcasts, and recordings available by internet download and on DVD and CD provide access to the Orchestra’s music-making to a broad and loyal constituency around the world.
For additional information, please visit clevelandorchestra.com.

Franz Welser-Möst
Music Director
Kelvin Smith Family Endowed Chair
The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst is in his eighth year as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra.  His long-term commitment extends to the Orchestra’s centennial in 2018.  Under his direction, the Orchestra holds residencies in the United States and Europe, champions living composers, partners with Northeast Ohio public schools and conservatories, and has re-established itself as an operatic ensemble.  Concurrently with his post in Cleveland, Mr. Welser-Möst becomes General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera in the autumn of 2010.

Under Mr. Welser-Möst’s leadership, The Cleveland Orchestra holds ongoing residencies at Vienna’s famed Musikverein hall and Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival, along with an annual Miami Residency.  In 2011, Mr. Welser-Möst and the Orchestra launch a biennial residency at New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, which will feature The Cleveland Orchestra in Vienna State Opera productions.

Under Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has presented eleven world and fourteen United States premieres.  In 2009, Mr. Welser-Möst led a Zurich Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro at Severance Hall.  He and The Cleveland Orchestra continue the Mozart/Da Ponte operas in Cleveland with Mozart’s Così fan tutte in 2009-10 and Don Giovanni in 2010-11.
 
Recent and upcoming international engagements include a new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle with stage director Sven-Eric Bechtolf at the Vienna State Opera.  During the 2009-10 season, Mr. Welser-Möst leads additional Ring performances, as well as Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Parsifal, with the Vienna State Opera.  In the summer of 2009, Franz Welser-Möst appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms, and the Lucerne Festival.  He also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic at the 2009 Salzburg Easter Festival.

Following his 1989 American debut and prior to his appointment in Cleveland, Mr. Welser-Möst regularly guest-conducted the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia.  Mr. Welser-Möst was music director of the London Philharmonic from 1990 to 1996.  Across his decade-long tenure with the Zurich Opera, culminating in three seasons as General Music Director (2005-08), Mr. Welser-Möst led more than 40 new productions.  In the spring of 2010, he leads Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten and Mozart’s Così fan tutte in Zurich.
            
Mr. Welser-Möst’s recordings and videos have won the Gramophone Award, Diapason d’Or, Japanese Record Academy Award, and two Grammy nominations.  Mr. Welser-Möst has led The Cleveland Orchestra in video recordings of live performances of the Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 5, 7, and 9.  Mr. Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra released a recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on Deutsche Grammophon in 2007.
            
Mr. Welser-Möst has been recognized by the Western Law Center for Disability Rights and is an honorary member of the Vienna Singverein.  Musical America named him the 2003 Conductor of the Year.
 
Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida’s interpretations of a wide range of repertoire have gained her a formidable reputation as a pianist who brings intellectual acuity and musical insight to her performances.   She is particularly noted for her interpretations of Mozart and Schubert, both in the concert hall and on CD, but also has illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, Boulez, and Beethoven for a new generation of listeners.
 
Ms. Uchida made her Cleveland Orchestra debut in February 1990, and since that time has performed with the Orchestra at Severance Hall, at the Blossom Festival, and on tour to Europe and Japan.  Between 2002 and 2007, she played and conducted from the keyboard an acclaimed series of Mozart piano concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra.  Her most recent appearances with the Orchestra included performances of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 at Severance Hall and during the Orchestra’s fall 2009 European tour and Vienna Musikverein Residency. 

Mitsuko Uchida’s latest recording with the Cleveland Orchestra features her conducting the ensemble from the keyboard in performances of the Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 23 (K.488) and 24 (K.491).  The recording was a bestseller in the United Kingdom, ranked “Top Ten Exceptional Recordings of 2009” by New Yorker Magazine, and “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone Magazine.
 
Mitsuko Uchida performs throughout the world with many different partners.  She was the focus of a Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” series titled Mitsuko Uchida: Vienna Revisited and took part in Mozart 250th birthday celebrations in Salzburg.  She has been artist-in-residence at The Cleveland Orchestra as well as with the Berlin Philharmonic, with the Konzerthaus Vienna, and at Salzburg Mozartwoche.
 
Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca.  In April 2008, BBC Music Magazine presented its Instrumentalist of the Year and Disc of the Year awards to Ms. Uchida.  Her recording of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and The Cleveland Orchestra won four awards in 2001, including one from Gramophone for best concerto recording.
 
Mitsuko Uchida has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to aiding the development of young musicians and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.  She is also co-director, with Richard Goode, of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. 

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