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  • Jun. 9, 2005

    The Cleveland Orchestra, under its music director Franz Welser-Möst, makes its debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday, June 9, at 8 p.m. as one of the Visiting Orchestras presentations , presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The program includes works by Maurice Ravel, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Henri Dutilleux. Their performance concludes the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Visiting Orchestra series as well as the Philharmonic's 2004-2005 subscription programming and second season at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in a diverse journey of European repertoire. The evening begins with Ravel's Spanish-influenced Alborada del gracioso, followed by Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 and Dutilleux's Symphony No. 2. Ravel's Bolero marks the grand finale of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2004/2005 season.

    Austrian conductor FRANZ WELSER-MÖST is in his third season as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra and is contracted through the 2011/12 season. Under his direction, The Cleveland Orchestra toured Europe for the first time. The 2003/04 season marked the start of biennial residencies in Vienna by The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Orchestra will appear in their second Carnegie Hall residency during the 2004/2005 season. In Cleveland, Welser-Möst participates in a number of community concerts and educational programs. Following his 1989 American debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Welser-Möst returned regularly to the United States. From 1995 to 2002, Franz Welser-Möst served as Music Director of the Zurich Opera and became Principal Conductor at the beginning of the 2002-03 season. Welser-Möst's rise to international fame as a conductor began in 1986 when he made his debut with the London Philharmonic, of which he was appointed music director in 1990. He works regularly with the Vienna Philharmonic and has guest conducted all over Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. The Grammy Award-winner has made numerous recordings with the London Philharmonic under an exclusive recording contract with EMI. More recent work includes the world-premiere recording of Johann Strauss Jr.'s Simplicius with the Zurich Opera Orchestra, which won the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis. In 2003, he received the Conductor of the Year Award from the Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts.


    THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005 at 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111. S. Grand Avenue, Los Avenue

    The Cleveland Orchestra

    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

    RAVEL Alborada del gracioso

    BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1

    DUTILLEUX Symphony No. 2, "Le double"

    RAVEL Boléro

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to each concert in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Conductor and educator Christopher Russell hosts.

    Tickets ($15 - $125) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office, online at, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • Contact:

    Adam Crane, 213.972.3422; Rachelle Roe, 213.972.7310; photos: 213.972.3034