Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducts three distinct Cleveland Orchestra programs on consecutive evenings at Severance Hall
Film screenings presented in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
Two of the most well known names in music history are Beethoven and Shostakovich. The Cleveland Orchestra (in partnership with The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque) will be presenting a series of events exploring the music, times and politics of these two giants.
The festival is entitled “Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich” and will include a series of Orchestra concerts, film screenings, pre-film and pre-concert talks as well as a chamber music performance by members of The Cleveland Orchestra.
The orchestra is the brain child of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst whose idea is to examine more closely the landmark symphonies by Beethoven and Shostakovich while taking it a step further and looking at the circumstances surrounding their creations including the era’s politics, social significance and personal freedom allowed to the composers.
Mr. Welser-Möst said, “Beethoven and Shostakovich were very political composers. Their music was written to express the feeling of the times they lived in – there were new feelings about how to live. Beethoven’s Third Symphony was the first big musical and philosophical statement by a composer about what freedom can mean, both individually and collectively. Shostakovich lived under a suppressive regime. His symphonies represent personal despair. The symphonies of Beethoven and Shostakovich can teach us so much about our lives.”
As part of the festival, Franz Welser-Möst will lead three distinct Cleveland Orchestra concerts on three consecutive evenings, pairing Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 3, 4, and 5 with Shostakovich Symphonies Nos. 6, 8, and 10, respectively, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 24-26.
Insight into the music will be provided in a pre-concert interview with Franz Welser-Möst on Thursday, October 24, and a pre-concert talk with guest speaker Frank J. Oteri, New Music USA's composer advocate and the senior editor of NewMusicBox, and Rebecca Mitchell, visiting assistant professor of Russian/Soviet history, Oberlin College, on Friday, October 25.
Cleveland Orchestra musicians perform chamber music by Beethoven and Shostakovich in Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall prior to the Orchestra’s concert on Saturday, October 26.
The Cinematheque screens Stanley Kubrick’s classic film A Clockwork Orange to open the Festival on Tuesday, October 22. The film prominently features music from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. John Ewing, Cinematheque co-founder and director and curator of film at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will introduce the film.
A Clockwork Orange, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, was released in 1971. In an essay in New York Magazine, Mr. Burgess wrote, “One of the slogans of George Orwell’s superstate in ‘1984’ is ‘Freedom is slavery.’ This can be taken to mean that the burden of making one’s own choices is, for many people, intolerable. Perhaps there is something to be said for conformity in social life when our working lives have so little room for rugged individualism.” The New York Times noted, “Opinion was divided on the meaning ofKubrick's detached view of this shocking future, but, whether the discord drew the curious orKubrick's scathing diagnosis spoke to the chaotic cultural moment, A Clockwork Orange became a hit.”
The Cleveland Museum of Art screens The New Babylon, a revolutionary 1929 silent film featuring Shostakovich’s first film score, on October 23. Set at the time of the Franco-Prussian War, the film views the era’s clash of social classes through the life of a Paris department store clerk who caters to the rich but sympathizes with the discontented workers behind the socialistic Paris Commune of 1871.Time Out London says the film “is filled with jazz and cabaret inspired music and shows Shostakovich at his most wild and satirical.” Frank J. Oteri will discuss the film, the politics of the time, and the music in a pre-screening talk with Mr. Ewing, moderated by Dr. James Krukones, associate professor of history and associate academic vice president, John Carroll University.
Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich
Cleveland Orchestra Festival October 22-26
Tuesday,OCTOBER 22, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
11141 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
Film: A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick, writer and director
based on the novel by Anthony Burgess
Remarks prior to the film byJohn Ewing, Cinematheque co-founder, and director and curator of film at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Tickets (at the Cinematheque box office, day of show only) $9; Cinematheque members $7; ages 25 and under $6. Cash or check only.
Wednesday,OCTOBER 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
Film:The New Babylon
Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg,writers and directors
Dr. James Krukones, associate professor of history and associate academic vice president, John Carroll University, will moderate a pre-screening talk with Frank J. Oteri, New Music USA's composer advocate and the senior editor ofNewMusicBox, a multimedia publication, and John Ewing, Cinematheque co-founder and director and curator of film at the Cleveland Museum of Art, about the film, the politics of the time, and the music.
Tickets $9; CMA members, seniors 65 and over, students, $7. Advance tickets at clevelandart.org, or by calling 216-421-7350.
Thursday, OCTOBER 24 at 7:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6
Franz Welser-Möst will be interviewed at 6:30 p.m. on the stage at Severance Hall.
Friday, OCTOBER 25 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8
Guest speaker Frank J. Oteri, New Music USA's composer advocate and the senior editor ofNewMusicBox, a multimedia publication, presents a pre-concert talk with Rebecca Mitchell,visiting assistant professor of Russian/Soviet history, Oberlin College, at 7 p.m.in Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall.
Saturday, OCTOBER 26 at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10
Cleveland Orchestra musicians perform chamber music works of Beethoven and Shostakovich at 7 p.m. in Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall.
All programs and artists are subject to change.
Ticket packages for the threeFate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich Cleveland Orchestra concerts October 24-26 start at $93. Tickets to individual performances go on sale on August 23. For more information about the variety of subscription packages offered or for other questions, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141 or visit us online atclevelandorchestra.com.
The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located on street level in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building, on East Boulevard. Severance Hall Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and, from September through May, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed Sundays and holidays except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office will be open three hours prior to each performance).