Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cleveland Orchestra: 09-10 Opening Night


Saturday Evening was a benefit concert for the "Community Music Initiative" and Opening Night for the Orchestra's 2009-10 season featuring Beethoven's 9th.


While I'm a little disappointed I couldn't get a box, the turnout was fantastic and the performance of the Orchestra met all expectations. A great start to the new season.

One thing that continues to baffle me, however, is the Orchestra's use of "name brand" vocalists for relatively tiny roles. In this program, for example, the four featured guests appeared only for the fourth movement and actually sung for only a fraction of that movement. Why? Especially when there's the gigantic and talented Cleveland Orchestra Chorus in the room.

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