Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra announces 2015-16 season

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The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and music director Brett Mitchell have announced their 2015-16 season, comprising five concerts in and around the Orchestra's home of Severance Hall.

The Orchestra’s 2015-16 Severance Hall season begins on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. with a program consisting of Kevin Puts’s River’s Rush, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”), and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”). A special preview performance will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Stocker Arts Center in Elyria, Ohio.

The Orchestra will perform a special concert for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Open House at Severance Hall on Monday, January 18, 2016, at 4:15 p.m. In addition to excerpts of works from their first two subscription concerts of the season, the Orchestra will perform the final movements of African-American composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's Sinfonietta No. 1 and Lowell Liebermann's Flute Concerto with COYO alumna Rachel Johnstone.

The Orchestra’s second Severance Hall subscription concert of the season takes place on Friday, March 4, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. The program features Stravinsky’s Petrushka. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus joins the Orchestra in performances of Brahms’s Schicksalslied [Song of Destiny] and Copland’s Canticle of Freedom.

The Orchestra’s third and final subscription concert of its 2015-16 Severance Hall season will be on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. The program includes Richard Danielpour’s Toward the Splendid City and a work (to be announced in January 2016) featuring the winner of the Orchestra's 2015-16 concerto competition. Completing the program is Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

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

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(All performances take place at Severance Hall unless otherwise noted.)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (Stocker Arts Center - Elyria, OH)
Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

PUTS - River's Rush
BERNSTEIN - Symphony No. 1 ("Jeremiah")
SCHUMANN - Symphony No. 3 ("Rhenish")

Monday, January 18, 2016 at 4:15 p.m.
SCHUMANN - Finale from Symphony No. 3 ("Rhenish")
STRAVINSKY - "The Shrovetide Fair" and "Russian Dance" from Petrushka (1947 version)
LIEBERMANN - Finale from Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (Rachel Johnstone, flute)
PERKINSON - Finale from Sinfonietta No. 1
BERNSTEIN - "Profanation" from Symphony No. 1 ("Jeremiah")

Friday, March 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
STRAVINSKY - Petrushka (1947 version)
BRAHMS - Schicksalslied (with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus)
COPLAND - Canticle of Freedom (with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus)

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
DANIELPOUR - Toward the Splendid City
CONCERTO - TBD (winner of COYO's 2015-16 concerto competition)
RACHMANINOFF - Symphonic Dances