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The Cleveland Orchestra is concluding its 2009-10 Severance Hall season with an entirely new kind of concert, an evening of free performances celebrating works commissioned for the Orchestra in the past decade by four of the Orchestra’s Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellows on Saturday, June 5.

Two free, one-hour Cleveland Orchestra concerts will take place at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. During the interlude, there will be a party in the Grand Foyer and outside on the Terrace (weather permitting). Food and drinks will be available for purchase as the audience moves from the hall out through the Grand Foyer onto the terrace to hear an amplified performance of Andriessen’s Workers Union, a unique piece written in 1975 for “any loud-sounding group of instruments,” that has been recorded around the world, notable by the Bang on a Can All-Stars in 2001.

Composer Matthias Pintscher leads both concerts, beginning with a program of Susan Botti’s Translucence and Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology. A second concert will conclude the festivities with Marc-André Dalbavie’s Concertate il suono and Mr. Pintscher’s piece with lilies white. Mr. Pintscher will introduce the pieces from the stage and give the audience context for what they will be hearing.

The evening will begin with a dialogue at 6:00 p.m. on stage at Severance Hall with composers Susan Botti, a native of Cleveland who now teaches and composes in New York City, and Marc-André Dalbavie, who lives in the French Mediterranean town of St. Cyprien and works in Paris. Host Keith Fitch, the head of the composition department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will invite the audience to participate in a conversation about creation, performance, and the role of new music for orchestras.

The concerts and interlude party are free, but tickets are required and are available from or the Severance Hall Ticket Office.

Read an article from the Orchestra's program book about the Lewis Young Composer Fellow program.

Read The Plain Dealer's preview article about the evening.

Here’s how the evening will go:

Composers Connect – a free Cleveland Orchestra celebration of contemporary music
Saturday, June 5, at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Asher Wulfman, boy soprano
Sarah Davis, soprano
Kathryn Brown, soprano
Susan Botti, soprano

6:00 p.m. - Dialogue: Creation, performance, and the role of new music for orchestras with Keith Fitch, Susan Botti, Marc-André Dalbavie

7:00 p.m. - Concert
BOTTI - Translucence
STAUD - On Comparative Meteorology

One-hour interlude including a performance of Andriessen's Workers Union on the terrace

9:00 p.m. - Concert
DALBAVIE - Concertate il suono
PINTSCHER - with lilies white

For more information, or to request tickets, visit or call the ticket office at 216-231-1111.

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