The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) has published a preview of The Cleveland Orchestra's performance at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday, June 26, as part of the museum's centennial celebrations.
Led by associate conductor Brett Mitchell, the orchestra will offer a program directly inspired by visual art and the museum's holdings specifically.
Local art lovers, rejoice. Upon close inspection, the orchestra's museum program reveals a wealth of extra-musical connections certain to make a Clevelander's heart flutter.
First up: the "Engelkonzert" ("Angelic Concert") from Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler." Not only does the opera concern a painter. The composer himself also visited the Cleveland Museum of Art, in 1939, one year after the opera's premiere.
Bartók, too, also famously came to Cleveland, treating patrons at the museum in 1928 to three of his "Hungarian Sketches" in their original versions for solo piano. Here, in June, the orchestra will perform all five.
The three remaining works on the program are Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," a tone poem depicting a summer solstice feast day (the museum also celebrates summer solstice June 25); and Respighi's "Three Botticelli Pictures" and Adam Schoenberg's "Finding Rothko," both of which are based on famous artists represented in the museum's collection.