The Oberlin Review

Cleveland Orchestra Fails to Provide Diversity in Repertoire

Matthew Bickett, Contributing Writer

September 21, 2018

James Oestreich of The New York Times says the Cleveland Orchestra “may (quietly) be America’s best.” But what does it mean to be one of the best orchestras? For the players on stage, it means performing with exquisite sensitivity and responding to the scores and conductors in front of them with unparalleled skill. For the artistic direction, it means leading the ensemble down the path to irrelevance and eventual obscurity. Oestreich is wrong; the Cleveland Orchestra is not one of the best. In fact, they’re hardly an orchestra at all. Rather than an orchestra, I’d say they’re an ensemble specializing in the performance of music by European men. In much the same way that eighth blackbird plays only contemp...

Cleveland Orchestra Drags its Way to Strong Finish

Cleveland Orchestra Drags its Way to Strong Finish

April 22, 2016

In a quintessentially Classical concert, The Cleveland Orchestra visited Finney Chapel Sunday with two enlightening hours of Haydn and Mozart, played to a nearly full house. Despite several imperfections and a tiring selection of typically Classical pieces, the event was ultimately worth the price of admission. The Classical era of European music was dominated by the styles and structures of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven. These composers relied on simple harmonies, reserved dynamics, elegant...

Mälkki, Denk Debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in Finney Chapel

Mälkki, Denk Debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in Finney Chapel

May 1, 2015

Embracing her Finnish roots, Susanna Mälkki opened last Friday’s installment of the Artist Recital Series by conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in legendary Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ The Oceanides. The tone poem musically represents the feminine spirits who animate the ocean in Greek mythology. The gentle undulation of the string figures proved a tender welcome to Finney Chapel, where the orchestra has performed annually since 1919. A low rumble in the timpani heralded a lilting ostinato...

Snarky Puppy to Bring Eclectic Sound to ’Sco

Sam Rueckert

March 6, 2015

For double-degree fifth-year Matt Segall, one of the key players involved in bringing Snarky Puppy to campus next Thursday evening, the ’Sco is the perfect venue for the instrumental fusion band. “It has the best sound system on campus and the best vibe on campus for most styles,” Segall said. “They sell beer, which is really important.” Segall, a columnist for the Review, explained that Snarky Puppy will be in the area through the collective effort of three organizations: the Oberlin Jazz Society, Professor of Percussion Jamey Haddad’s Performance and Improvisation program and the Cleveland Orchestra. After its show in Oberlin, Snarky Puppy will perform in Cleveland at the [email protected] Series, a Clevelan...

Boreyko Stirs Fire in Cleveland Orchestra

Boreyko Stirs Fire in Cleveland Orchestra

March 4, 2011

As part of its annual Oberlin Artist Recital Series visit, the Cleveland Orchestra showcased new and upcoming talent during its performance last Friday evening. Although typically directed by conductor Franz Welser-Möst, last Friday’s performance showcased the artistry of Russian-born Andrey Boreyko, who led a program featuring Igor Stravinsky’s Divertimento: Suite from “The Fairy’s Kiss,” Peteris Vasks’s English Horn Concerto and Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony in B-flat Major. ...

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