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Cleveland Orchestra to open Miami season with program of Viennese music

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The world-famous Cleveland Orchestra returns to Miami to open its new season this month with a Viennese musical program featuring critically acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham.

The opening weekend takes place on Jan. 24-25 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The program features the music of past Viennese eras. The Cleveland Orchestra returns to this city following a triumphant European tour, which included a residency in Vienna.

The highlight of the program will be Shaham performing Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold's 1945 Viole Concerto, which is a reflection of his Hollywood film compositions. Shaham has been hailed by the New York Times for "his trademark elegance and extreme precision" in a recording of this composition.

The Boston Globe has also acclaimed him, saying that "in a world full of outstanding violinists, Shaham is one of the few identifiable by sound and style alone. He is a listener who knows all the different relationships his part has with the orchestra, from virtually disappearing within the texture to soaring high above." Shaham is an esteemed guest performer, having performed with the orchestra 36 times since 1988.

The conductor of the program, Franz Welser-Most, will also lead the orchestra in the performance of Schubert's classical Symphony No. 2 and and a diverse selection of traditional waltzes and polkas by Josef Strauss and Johann Strauss Jr., including the overture to the operetta Die Fledermaus. Welser-Most is an acclaimed conductor in this musical tradition, having led the Vienna Philharmonic in its famed annual New Year's Concert, which celebrates the Strauss Family's waltz tradition and is viewed world-wide by more than a billion people.

Welser-Most and Cleveland Orchestra Director Gary Hanson will speak before the program each night. The pre-concert discussion begins at 7 p.m. onstage and is free to all concert patrons.

Tickets range from $36 to $180 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 305-949-6722 or online.

More info: Arsht Center

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