"Star Wars: The Score Awakens" wins Best Documentary

Star Wars: The Score Awakens, an hourlong special in which Brett Mitchell explores the music of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has earned Best Documentary at the 2017 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards. In this special, which originally aired on WCLV Classical 104.9 in January 2016, Mr. Mitchell joins host Bill O'Connell in the KeyBank Studio for a thorough exploration of John Williams's first new Star Wars score in a decade via original soundtrack recordings and demonstrations at the piano. To listen to Star Wars: The Score Awakens, please click here.

Debut with the San Antonio Symphony

Brett Mitchell will make his debut with the San Antonio Symphony in November 2017 with world premiere by Alberto Colla and works by Liszt and Copland.

Brett Mitchell will make his debut with the San Antonio Symphony in November 2017 with world premiere by Alberto Colla and works by Liszt and Copland.

Brett Mitchell will make his debut with the San Antonio Symphony on November 10 and 11, 2017, the organization has announced. The program will be:

COLLA - Ode by the Earth (Symphony No. 4) [WORLD PREMIERE]
LISZT - Piano Concerto No. 1 (Scott Cuellar, piano)
COPLAND - Symphony No. 3

For complete information, please click here.

Brett Mitchell to lead two world premieres with members of The Cleveland Orchestra

Brett Mitchell will lead two world premieres with members of The Cleveland Orchestra in March at Knight Concert Hall in Miami.

Brett Mitchell will lead two world premieres with members of The Cleveland Orchestra in March at Knight Concert Hall in Miami.

The Cleveland Orchestra and the University of Miami's Frost School of Music Department of Music Composition & Theory have announced the winners of the 2016-17 TCO/Frost Composition Collaboration:

  • Dylan Findley (b. 1991): strengthen the body/enliven the soul (2016)
  • Julián Brijaldo (b. 1983): Anatomy of Sur (2016)

On January 31, a chamber quintet comprised of members of The Cleveland Orchestra led by Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell gave a reading session of six works composed for the ensemble by Frost student composers. Following the session, Maestro Mitchell and the members of The Cleveland Orchestra selected two winning works, which will be premiered at the Arsht Center in March.

Mr. Brijaldo’s and Mr. Findley’s works will be premiered at 7 p.m. “Prelude Concerts” preceding Cleveland Orchestra concerts on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25. Both works will be performed both nights.

This project is the tenth such collaboration between The Cleveland Orchestra Miami and the Frost School of Music Department of Composition & Theory. It is truly a unique program unlike any other in the country, and a significant opportunity for young composers at the Frost School of Music.

To read the complete press release about this event from the Frost School of Music, please click here. To read The Cleveland Orchestra's press release, please click here.

Debut with the National Repertory Orchestra

Brett Mitchell will make his debut with the National Repertory Orchestra in July 2017 with a program of Kenji Bunch, Schumann, and Copland.

Brett Mitchell will make his debut with the National Repertory Orchestra in July 2017 with a program of Kenji Bunch, Schumann, and Copland.

Brett Mitchell will make his debut with the National Repertory Orchestra on Saturday, July 1, 2017, the organization has announced. The program will be:

BUNCH - Supermaximum
SCHUMANN - Cello Concerto (Benjamin Fryxell, cello)
COPLAND - Symphony No. 3

For complete information, please click here.

Colorado Symphony announces 2017-18 concert schedule for Brett Mitchell's inaugural season as Music Director

Denver, CO - The Colorado Symphony has announced its 2017-18 concert season schedule taking place at downtown Denver's Boettcher Concert Hall. This historic season features renowned guest artists and some of the world's most revered symphonic works as the Colorado Symphony celebrates Brett Mitchell's debut as Music Director. Notably, Mr. Mitchell and the orchestra will be joined by soprano Renée Fleming on Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

"For our first season together, I wanted to celebrate what makes the Colorado Symphony absolutely unique among orchestras: an extraordinarily wide variety of concerts that feature a compelling blend of old and new, all performed by some of the finest musicians in the country," says Music Director Designate Brett Mitchell, who assumes the role of Music Director on Jul. 1, 2017. "Of course, we're thrilled to welcome such special guests as Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming, but I'm every bit as excited to showcase my incredible colleagues that make up the Colorado Symphony as we share the stage together all season long. I couldn't be happier to begin this next chapter in the Colorado Symphony story."

For more information, please see the official press release and brochure from the Colorado Symphony and these articles from The Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio.

Debut with the Grant Park Orchestra

Brett Mitchell will make his debut with the Grant Park Orchestra in July 2017 with a program of Kenji Bunch, Saint-Saëns, and Copland.

Brett Mitchell will make his debut with the Grant Park Orchestra in July 2017 with a program of Kenji Bunch, Saint-Saëns, and Copland.

Brett Mitchell will make his debut with the Grant Park Orchestra on Wednesday, July 19 during the 2017 Grant Park Music Festival, the organization announced on Wednesday:

Conductor Brett Mitchell leads the orchestra and rising star Angelo Xiang Yu in Saint-Saëns' romantic Violin Concerto No. 3. The evening opens with Kenji Bunch's uplifting Supermaximum and closes with The Red Pony, Aaron Copland's film score adapted from the John Steinbeck 1933 novella.

To learn more, please visit the following links:

Brett Mitchell and The Cleveland Orchestra celebrate the Cleveland Indians with special video tribute

Brett Mitchell conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in a special video tribute to the 2016 American League champion Cleveland Indians.

Brett Mitchell and The Cleveland Orchestra have recorded John Williams's Superman March to celebrate the Cleveland Indians' American League championship and reaching the 2016 World Series. Several media outlets have published stories about this video tribute:

Cleveland Orchestra Miami opens 2016-17 season with focus on Miami Community

Cleveland Orchestra Miami has published a press release about the kickoff of its 2016-17 season:

Cleveland Orchestra Miami begins its 2016-17 season in November. The first week of the 2016-17 season includes two Education concerts by The Cleveland Orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

Education Concerts for Miami-Dade County Public Schools
The Cleveland Orchestra, led by associate conductor Brett Mitchell, will perform two education concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on November 9, at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. These hour-long are free for students in the Miami-Dade County Public School District. The program, titled “The Sounds of the Orchestra,” will be performed for more than 4,000 fourth-grade students. Students will experience the distinct sounds of the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections, and will learn how composers weave these individual groups into diverse musical landscapes.

The Cleveland Orchestra joins Coral Reef High School Orchestra in a side-by-side rehearsal
This season, The Cleveland Orchestra will continue its longstanding collaboration with the Coral Reef High School Orchestra and director Lee W. Stone with a side-by-side rehearsal on January 31, 2017, at the school, led by Cleveland Orchestra Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell.

To read the complete press release, please click here.

CPR Classical to livestream Brett Mitchell's debut as Music Director Designate of the Colorado Symphony

Colorado Public Radio Classical has announced that it will present a live broadcast of Brett Mitchell's first concert as Music Director Designate of the Colorado Symphony. The concert takes place on Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. Mountain at the orchestra's home of Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver, and may be streamed live from anywhere in the world on CPRClassical.org. The program includes Beethoven's Overture from King Stephen; the world premiere of Colorado composer Daniel Kellogg's Rising Phoenix, a violin concerto written for the orchestra and its concertmaster, Yumi Hwang-Wililams; and Dvorák's Symphony No. 8. More information about the program may be found here.

CPR Classical has also announced that it will rebroadcast Brett Mitchell's first concert with the Colorado Symphony—given at Boettcher Concert Hall in July 2016—four times this week (all times Mountain):

  • Thursday, October 6 at 1 and 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9 at 1 p.m.

To listen to these broadcasts live from anywhere in the world, please visit CPRClassical.org.

Brett Mitchell named Music Director of the Colorado Symphony

DENVER, CO – Brett Mitchell has been named Music Director of the Colorado Symphony, beginning in the 2017-18 season. Prior to this four-year appointment, he will serve as Music Director Designate during the 2016-17 season. For more information, please see the official press release from the Colorado Symphony and the following media coverage:

Brett Mitchell to perform in The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence: Cleveland Edition

On Sunday, September 25, Brett Mitchell will perform in The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. Mr. Mitchell will accompany several selections at the piano as part of the Cleveland edition of this nationwide event. More information from the official press release:

On September 25, artists and activists from coast to coast will band together for The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence with a series of live concerts brought together by social media. Our purpose is to use music to honor and remember the victims of gun violence, and to bring heightened visibility to this serious problem. 

In Cleveland, a FREE concert will be held at U.S. Bank Plaza in Playhouse Square. Classically trained musicians will share selections on the themes of peace, remembrance, and non-violence.

For additional information, please see the nationwide homepage or the Cleveland event page.

Brett Mitchell to lead The Cleveland Orchestra in centennial celebration for the Rotary Foundation

Via The Cleveland Orchestra:

On Sunday, October 23, 2016, Rotarians and guests from around the world will come to Cleveland, Ohio, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation on the eve of World Polio Day. The occasion will be marked with a special performance of The Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of associate conductor Brett Mitchell celebrating The Rotary Foundation from its humble beginnings with Founder Arch C. Klumph (a Cleveland native), through its global expansion and commitment to humanitarian works, to its present-day mission of eradicating polio throughout the world.

The program will feature works by Beethoven, Debussy, Chabrier, Liszt, and John Williams. For more information or to purchase tickets for this event, please click here. To visit The Rotary Foundation's Centennial Celebration website, please click here.

Cleveland Orchestra announces program details for Hough concert

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the program for the free community concert for the Orchestra's "At Home" in Hough neighborhood residency on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at East Professional Center. The concert, led by Cleveland Orchestra Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell, includes Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, John Williams’s Air and Simple Gifts, Smallwood’s Total Praise, an arrangement of Oh Happy Day, J. Rosamond Johnson’s Lift Every Voice and Sing, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, which will be narrated by Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon.

The concert will be video streamed live online at www.clevelandorchestra.com and www.ideastream.org, and available for viewing through August 18, 2016.  A live radio broadcast of the concert will air on WCLV Classical 104.9, and a delayed television broadcast will air on WVIZ/PBS on Friday, August 12 at 9:00 p.m.  The television broadcast will repeat Sunday, August 14 at 3:00 p.m.  

“All of us at The Cleveland Orchestra are so excited to spend time with our neighbors in Hough,” said Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell.  “Our culminating concert will reflect the history of this extraordinary community, a deeply inspiring American story that we’ll celebrate through great American music. We’ll feature orchestral works by Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, George Gershwin, and Aaron Copland, and I'm particularly pleased that we'll have the opportunity to perform Lift Every Voice and Sing, Total Praise, and Oh Happy Day with our friends in the Hough Community Chorus.”

To read the complete news release, please click here.

Schedule announced for upcoming Cleveland Orchestra residency

Associate conductor Brett Mitchell, seen here conducting the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, will preside over the centerpiece of the upcoming Hough Neighborhood Residency, a free community concert Thursday, Aug. 11. (Roger Mastroianni)

Associate conductor Brett Mitchell, seen here conducting the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, will preside over the centerpiece of the upcoming Hough Neighborhood Residency, a free community concert Thursday, Aug. 11. (Roger Mastroianni)

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced details about its upcoming neighborhood residency, including the culminating concert led by associate conductor Brett Mitchell:

This summer, The Cleveland Orchestra will join with the Cleveland Museum of Art to celebrate music and art in Hough, a historic neighborhood east of downtown Cleveland. This new partnership between two of Ohio’s premier cultural organizations is designed to create partnerships with communities to develop new and meaningful ways to enliven our community with arts and music.

A highlight of the activities in Hough is a free public concert by The Cleveland Orchestra, led by Cleveland Orchestra associate conductor Brett Mitchell, at East Professional Center on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.  A live radio broadcast of the concert will air on WCLV Classical 104.9 ideastream®, and a delayed television broadcast will air on WVIZ/PBS on Friday, August 12 at 9:00 p.m. and will repeat Sunday, August 14 at 3:00 p.m.

To read the complete news release, please click here. To read a preview in The Plain Dealer about this residency, please click here. To read Cleveland Scene's preview, please click here.

Debut with the Texas Music Festival

Brett Mitchell will return to Houston in June 2017 to make his debut with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, leading Esa-Pekka Salonen's L.A. Variations, Elgar's Enigma Variations, and a concerto to be determined at a future date. Mr. Mitchell will conduct two performances of this program: the first at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands on Friday, June 23, and the second at the Moores Opera House in Houston on Saturday, June 24.

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra announces 2016-17 season

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra announced its 2016-17 season Wednesday. Included in the plans are several contemporary works and first performances of symphonies by Bruckner and Prokofiev. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra announced its 2016-17 season Wednesday. Included in the plans are several contemporary works and first performances of symphonies by Bruckner and Prokofiev. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and music director Brett Mitchell have announced their 2016-17 season, comprising five concerts in and around the Orchestra's home of Severance Hall.

The Orchestra’s 2016-17 Severance Hall season begins on Friday, November 18, 2016, at 8 p.m. with a program featuring Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 and the world premiere of Roger Briggs’s Fountain of Youth, which was commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. A special preview performance will take place on Monday, November 14, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in Broadview Heights, Ohio.

The Orchestra will perform a special concert for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Open House at Severance Hall on Monday, January 16, 2017, at 4:15 p.m. In addition to excerpts of works from their first two subscription concerts of the season, the Orchestra will perform John Williams's Air and Simple Gifts and the second movement of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto with COYO cellist James Hettinga.

The Orchestra’s second Severance Hall subscription concert of the season takes place on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 7 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus joins the Youth Orchestra in a performance of Poulenc’s Gloria, and the Ladies of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus take part in Debussy’s Nocturnes. The program opens with Mason Bates’s Sea-Blue Circuitry.

The Orchestra’s third and final subscription concert of its 2016-17 Severance Hall season will be on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8 p.m. The program includes Joan Tower’s Made in America and a work (to be announced in January 2017) spotlighting the winner of the 2017 Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Completing the program is Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.

To read an article previewing this season in The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), please click here. To read the official news release from The Cleveland Orchestra, please click here.

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2016-17 SEASON OF THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA
(All performances take place at Severance Hall unless otherwise noted.)

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. (Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School)
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8 p.m.

BRIGGS - Fountain of Youth [WORLD PREMIERE, commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra]
BRUCKNER - Symphony No. 4 ("Romantic")

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 4:15 p.m.
BRUCKNER - Scherzo from Symphony No. 4 ("Romantic")
DEBUSSY - "Fêtes" from Nocturnes
ELGAR - II. Lento - Allegro molto from Cello Concerto (James Hettinga, cello)
WILLIAMS - Air and Simple Gifts
BATES - Sea-Blue Circuitry

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.
BATES - Sea-Blue Circuitry
DEBUSSY - Nocturnes (with the Ladies of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus)
POULENC - Gloria (with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus)

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8 p.m.
TOWER - Made in America
CONCERTO - TBD (winner of COYO's 2016-17 concerto competition)
PROKOFIEV - Symphony No. 5