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Another orchestra for Lincoln Center

0 Robert Levine

In ICSOM/AFM/Local 802 circles, the New York Philharmonic, Met Opera orchestra, NYC Opera orchestra, and NYC Ballet orchestra are known collectively as the “Lincoln Center orchestras” for obvious reasons. It appears that they’re about to have some company:

Call it Cleveland on the Hudson: The Cleveland Orchestra is setting up a multiyear residency at the Lincoln Center Festival starting in 2011.

Officials say the residency begins in July 2011 with Cleveland music director Franz (FRAHNZ) Welser-Moest (VEL’-sehr mehrst) spotlighting works by Bruckner and John Adams.

In 2013 and 2015, the orchestra will perform in the pit for fully staged productions from the Vienna State Opera. Welser-Moest becomes general director of the Vienna opera company next year. His contract in Cleveland runs through 2018, the orchestra’s centennial year.

Obviously the Cleveland/Welser-Möst/Vienna connection is key to this project. But, given the acrimonious debate within the community of orchestra musicians about the role that Cleveland’s Miami residency might have played in the demise of the Florida Philharmonic, I wonder what the reaction of the Lincoln Center orchestra musicians will be to this news.

(Coverage from the Cleveland Plain Dealer is here.)

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