The Cleveland Orchestra Residency 2017 Overview
Under the leadership of music director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra gives compelling performances that span the breadth of the classical catalogue year round—on tours both within the United States and across the globe. On Monday, Jan. 16, the orchestra arrived at the Indiana University Bloomington campus prepared to execute an ambitious schedule of residency activities, culminating in a formal performance on Thursday, Jan. 19.
This visit marked another thrilling installment of a bi-annual residency agreement the orchestra holds with the Jacobs School of Music. Indiana University is is fortunate to maintain an ongoing relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra—not only for the benefit of hosting their supremely sophisticated performances but also to leverage their extensive collective experience for the benefit of students and the community at large.
The Cleveland Orchestra is uniquely suited to engage students at Indiana University, as several orchestra members - including concertmaster William Preucil - have spent time studying or teaching through the IU Jacobs School of Music.
Over the course of the week, the orchestra engaged in more than 26 different educational outreach activities across campus and into the community. Hundreds of students and community members had the opportunity to interact with orchestra musicians in classrooms and on stage during the residency.
Interactions included side-by-side rehearsals, mock auditions, masterclasses, a string workshop with children at Fairview Elementary School, panel discussions, and even an informal jam session for student musicians and orchestra members at Michael’s Uptown Cafe on Kirkwood Avenue.
The Cleveland Orchestra’s formal performance at IU Auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 19 featured concert pianist Yefim Bronfman. Selections included Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Opus 44 and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, and Opus 43.
Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst rehearses Bartok Miraculous Mandarin Suite with the IU Philharmonic student orchestra.
Music students and Cleveland Orchestra members gather at Michael’s Uptown Cafe on Kirkwood Avenue for an informal jam session.