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