Monday, September 17, 2007

Rosenberg calls out Cleveland Orchestra's stale programming

Donald Rosenberg, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has drawn attention to the Cleveland Orchestra's lack of new music from living composers.

In a Sunday piece highlighting the orchestra's new season, Rosenberg finds much to recommend but notes that no world premieres are scheduled. He adds,

"Another woeful shortage is in American music. The composers chosen for this season are esteemed, obvious and mostly dead: John Adams (alive and well), Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Charles Ives. Many other Americans deserve a place on a program at Severance Hall, such as these composers, to name a handful, who still breathe and write music you'll want to hear: William Bolcom, Margaret Brouwer, John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis, Leon Kirchner, Paul Moravec, Steve Reich, Christopher Rouse, Joan Tower and Yehudi Wyner."


Jeffrey Biegel said...

Nice to see William Bolcom's name first. He will be composing a new 'Choral Fantasy for Piano, Orchestra and Chorus' for me as pianist for 2010-11. I am just now completing the global consortium project for this, and agree that Bolcom is one of the best around!

JW said...

Yadda, yadda, yadda. CO hardly does justice by the dead ones. Where's the Arnold Bax, Hindemith, Korngold, Casella, Flagello, Zemlinsky, Creston? Ennui follows every season announcement while most stay at home with their cd collections. CO, this is your wake-up call. Answer the phone!

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