Great Performances: The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

Great Performances: The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:00pm - 11:30pm

The Cleveland Orchestra. Franz Welser-Möst, conductor. Lang Lang, piano. 

Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Great Performances commemorates the centennial of the orchestra’s founding with a gala concert.

Conducted by music director Franz Welser-Möst the concert features works touching on more than a century of Viennese musical traditions. World-renowned, Grammy-nominated pianist Lang Lang joins the orchestra in a special performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. The concert also features “Die Frau Ohne Schatten” (The Woman Without a Shadow), Symphonic Fantasy by Richard Strauss and Maurice Ravel’s viscerally cataclysmic “La Valse (The Waltz),” which dramatically evokes the changing artistic worlds between the 19th and 20th centuries. Great Performances: The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration airs Friday, June 21 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

This Great Performances episode also includes three special segments produced by WVIZ/PBS ideastream. Each includes a historical look at The Cleveland Orchestra. The first segment features “The Mother of The Cleveland Orchestra,” Adella Prentiss Hughes, who was the first female founder of a successful orchestra. The second highlights the Orchestra’s seven music directors, including Kiev-born Nikolai Sokoloff; the tireless, forward-thinking George Szell who is famous for forging what became known as “The Cleveland Sound;” and Franz Welser-Möst, whose collaborative relationship with the Orchestra is widely-acknowledged among the best orchestra-conductor partnerships of today. The final segment showcases the Orchestra’s long legacy of community engagement in Northeast Ohio neighborhoods and schools.