The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) has published its annual year-end review of the top ten concerts of 2016, which includes for the first time a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra under the baton of music director Brett Mitchell:
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra had a watershed moment this fall. With caring oversight by music director (and Cleveland Orchestra associate conductor) Brett Mitchell, the ensemble undertook and successfully performed its first Bruckner symphony, the mammoth Symphony No. 4. That's not all. On the same jaw-dropping program, in November, the group also carried off the world premiere of "Fountain of Youth," an evocative and remarkably apt work by Roger Briggs, Mitchell's former teacher.
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