Humane Haydn and human Bartók from the Cleveland Orchestra

United StatesUnited States In Focus / Episode Three – Ax Plays Haydn: Emanuel Ax (piano), strings of the Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, 5.11.2020, and reviewed as a livestream. (MSJ)

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) & Emanuel Ax (piano) © Roger Mastroianni

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Catharsis and regeneration with Schnittke and Beethoven in Cleveland

United StatesUnited States In Focus / Episode Two, Bronfman and Beethoven: Yefim Bronfman (piano), strings of the Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor), Recorded at the Severance Hall, Cleveland, on 15-16.10.2020, and reviewed as a livestream. (MSJ)

Yefim Bronfman, Franz Welser-Most & the strings of the Cleveland Orchestra
© Roger Mastroianni

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Apollo’s Fire strikes sparks in a timely Ohio return

United StatesUnited States Resilience – Music for Troubled Times: Members of Apollo’s Fire/Jeannette Sorrell (conductor). October 2020 performance from First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights, Ohio, reviewed when live-streamed on 19.10.2020. (MSJ)

Members of Apollo’s Fire perform between clear separators (c) Apollo’s Fire

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The stellar Cleveland Orchestra is back with a superb concert and a new streaming app

United StatesUnited States In Focus/Episode One, Inspirations: Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Performed at Severance Hall, Cleveland, and live-streamed on 8.10.2020, and currently steaming on Cleveland’s Adella app. (MSJ)

Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall (c) Roger Mastroianni

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APOLLO FIRE’S JEANNETTE SORRELL DISCUSSES O JERUSALEM!

Jeannette Sorrell of Apollo’s Fire talks with Mark Sebastian Jordan about ‘O Jerusalem!’

Jeannette Sorrell addresses an audience

In its first quarter century, Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland baroque orchestra, has made creative programming a cornerstone — a key part of engaging and building a dedicated public throughout northeast Ohio and beyond. In 2018, the ensemble unveiled a program entitled O Jerusalem! Crossroads of Three Faiths, which I reviewed in concert at that time. Now the group is bringing the program back for a second look and taking it on tour to New York City and Chicago. I spoke with harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell as she was returning to her hotel from a rehearsal for the group’s current tour.

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