The Cleveland Orchestra: A Concert Review

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The Cleveland Orchestra, Vassily Sinaisky Conductor
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Program: All Tchaikovsky Festival
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 with Daniel Muller-Schott, Cello
Symphony #1 "Winter Dreams"
The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the top five American Orchestras, and was founded in 1918. Through its history, it has had such famous music directors as Geoge Szell (1946-1970), Lorin Maazel (1972-1982), and Christop von Dohnanyi (1984-2002). Since 2002, Franz Wesler-Most has held that position at least through the year 2018. Under Wesler-Most, the orchestra has moved back into the recording realm, touring nationally and internationally, staged opera, expanded educational programs, and even collaboration with the Miami City Ballet (Kappes, 2008).
In doing some preliminary research about the orchestra prior to the performance, the years of Post-World War II through 1970, the so-called Szell Years, seem to be the time in which the orchestra was reformed and revised to become a world renowned sound, numerous recording contracts, and even international fame. This was accomplished over time, and a number of firings and resignations, by focusing on precision and more ensemble playing that was unheard of in most American orchestras of the time (Rosenberg, 2000). It is also interesting to note that Cleveland is the smallest city of all the Top American Orchestras (Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago). Unlike the

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