After somewhat more adventurous programming this season, the Cleveland Orchestra will revert to a lineup heavy on populist favorites in 2014.
Rather than offering a fall program as last year, music director Franz Welser-Möst will open the first of four Cleveland Orchestra weeks Jan. 24-25 with a Viennese evening. Gil Shaham will be the soloist in Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto, which will be flanked by Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 and waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss Jr. and Sr.
The centennial of The Rite of Spring will be marked Jan. 31-Feb. 1 with performances of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking score. The program will also include Richard Strauss’ Don Juan and feature British baritone Simon Keenlyside in songs by Strauss and Duparc.
Giancarlo Guerrero, the orchestra’s Miami music director, will lead the final two weeks. Tchaikovsky’s not unfamiliar Symphony No. 5 will be the box-office bait Feb. 21-22 on a program that also includes Dvorak’s Otello Overture and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Arabella Steinbacher as soloist.
The final program March 21-22, will offer the sole contemporary work of the Cleveland’s Miami season, Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with Colin Currie as soloist. Mozart’s Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio will lead off, and Holst’s The Planets will close the season, presented with high-definition NASA projections.
Subscriptions start at $135 for a four-concert package. Individual performances go on sale in September; 305-949-6722, arshtcenter.org.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts also announced its classical lineup for 2013-14. Soprano Deborah Voigt will open the five-event series with a recital Nov. 14. Violinist Itzhak Perlman will follow Dec. 19. Leonard Slatkin returns to South Florida with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 28. Violinist Joshua Bell will perform March 15 with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra March 23. No program details were released for the performances. Series subscriptions go on sale Monday for $225-$680; 305-949-6722, arshtcenter.org.
Lawrence A. Johnson
S. Florida Classical Review
Connick at Arsht
The John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall will transform its orchestra level into a supper club for a performance by singer-songwriter Harry Connick Jr. April 26 at the annual Arsht Center gala.
Connick, who has three Grammys, three Emmys and two Tony nominations to his credit, “is a rare ‘triple threat,’ ” said event chair Swanee DiMare. “We are thrilled that our gala attendees will have a chance to see him perform up close and personal.”
Tickets are $2,500, with tables $15,000-$50,000. Proceeds benefit the Arsht Center’s arts education and community outreach programs; 786-468-2020, email@example.com.
Longtime New World School of the Arts dance teacher Peter London will welcome back former students for two Sunday performances by his Peter London Global Dance Company. Lloyd Knight and Mariya Dashkina Maddux, both of the Martha Graham Dance Company, will perform Graham’s Conversation of Lovers. Also on the program is a new work from New World alum La Michael Leonard, who now dances with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance.