In Tuesday’s (3/31) Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Zachary Lewis previews the Cleveland Orchestra’s 2009-10 season, which, he writes, “reflects a determination to be as economical, profitable and widely accessible as possible. Most prominent among many changes is the creation of a new residency outside Northeast Ohio. In addition to Miami, Vienna and Lucerne, the orchestra will now have a regular presence in Bloomington, Ind. Beginning in January, the orchestra will spend four days a year performing and teaching at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. How long the multi-year relationship will last, officials would not say. But Gary Hanson, executive director, said forging another long-term partnership makes sense in these tumultuous times. … At home, the orchestra will experiment with several novelties, including a subscription series featuring Baroque music, ‘Musically Speaking Sundays’ exploring a single symphonic work, and ‘Severance Fridays’ beginning at 6:45 p.m. and concluding with food-and-drink receptions.” The orchestra remains adventurous with performances of obscure scores and “premieres of works by living composers, notably Jorg Widmann, the orchestra’s new Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow. At the end of the season, the orchestra will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its composer fellowship with a free concert featuring works by Widmann’s five predecessors.”

Posted March 31, 2009