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Cleveland Orchestra and Baldwin Wallace announce residency details

As part of the residency, Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra will perform at Baldwin Wallace University in January - photo by Roger Mastroianni

The Cleveland Orchestra and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music have announced further details of a special residency partnership for the 2018-19 season and academic year.

This collaborative partnership will provide educational opportunities for BW music and arts administration students led by Cleveland Orchestra musicians, conductors and administrative staff. Ticket information for events and concerts, many of which are free and open to both students and the public, are listed on

First performances

Lembi Veskimets, viola, one of eight current Cleveland Orchestra members on the BW faculty.Leading up to the residency, on August 29, "Faculty and Friends: Chamber Music Recital" takes place at BW featuring BW Conservatory faculty members and members of The Cleveland Orchestra including assistant principal clarinetist Dan McKelway, violist Lembi Veskimets, violinist Sae Shiragami and first assistant principal cellist Richard Weiss.

On September 7, Cleveland Orchestra trumpeter Jack Sutte will perform in a recital with music to include two premieres by Sutte and music by Jeffrey Rathbun.

'Facing the Music'

The special residency partnership officially kicks off on October 2 with BW's annual Arts Innovation Summit, presented by BW's Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG), Arts Management and Entrepreneurship program and Conservatory of Music. Titled "Facing the Music: Challenges of Today's Orchestras," the summit will feature a wide-ranging discussion about the future of orchestras, challenges facing the industry and how orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra, are responding.

The summit is free and open to the public. Entrance tickets are required and available at Details of industry experts participating in the summit will be announced at a later date.

Composition and Conducting

A Student Composition Workshop and New Music Reading will be held on October 10, led by a string quartet of Cleveland Orchestra musicians including violinists Wei-Fang Gu and Yun-Ting Lee as well as violist Lisa Boyko and cellist Bryan Dumm. This event will be open to students and the public.

A Conservatory Conversation will be held on November 7 and will feature The Cleveland Orchestra's Assistant Conductor, Vinay Parameswaran, and Baldwin Wallace University's Director of Orchestral Studies, Dr. Soo Han. This conversation is free and open to the public.

Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra BW ResidencyOn January 16, 2019, Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra will perform at Baldwin Wallace University's Gamble Auditorium in the Kulas Musical Arts Building. The concert will feature Mozart's "Second London" and Strauss' "Symphony for Winds." Tickets will be available to the general public at beginning October 3 at 9 a.m.

On January 17, 2019, an all-school Convocation Conversation, titled "Making the Magic Happen: Behind the Scenes with The Cleveland Orchestra," will feature members of The Cleveland Orchestra's artistic and operations staff. This conversation is free and open to the public. Details of Cleveland Orchestra administrative staff participating in the conversation will be announced at a later date.

Master Classes

A series of Master Classes led by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, will take place throughout the residency and will include:

  • String Master Class with Cleveland Orchestra musicians, violinist Takako Masame, violist Miho Hashizume, first assistant principal violist Lynne Ramsey, violinist Miho Hashizume and cellist Ralph Curry on November 13;
  • Brass Master Class with assistant principal trumpet Lyle Steelman on February 18;
  • Keyboard in the Orchestra Master Class with principal keyboard Joela Jones on February 19;
  • Woodwind Master Class with principal clarinet Afendi Yusuf on March 14;
  • Percussion Master Class with principal timpani Paul Yancich on March 18.

Student Advantage and Frequent Fan Card

Baldwin Wallace University students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Orchestra's programs for students:

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Severance HallThe Cleveland Orchestra's Student Advantage Program makes $15 tickets available to full-time high school, college and graduate/post-graduate students during the Severance Hall season and allows members to bring a guest for an additional $15. Membership is free.

Student Advantage Program members also receive discounted tickets, exclusive invitations to master classes, post-concert receptions with musicians and behind-the-scenes open rehearsals. The Student Advantage Program is funded by the Center for Future Audiences through the Alexander and Sarah Cutler Fund for Student Audiences. For more information, visit and follow on Facebook.

The Cleveland Orchestra's Frequent Fan Card is priced at $50 and available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office at 216-231-1111. The Frequent Fan Card admits one student to unlimited performances, based on availability, of Cleveland Orchestra subscription concerts in the 2018-19 season and allows cardholders to bring a guest for an additional $15. Other benefits include exclusive invitations to master classes, post-concert receptions with musicians and behind-the-scenes open rehearsals.The Frequent Fan Card essentially pays for itself in four visits throughout the season.

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