Previews: "Cleveland Orchestra pushes in fresh directions"

Associate conductor Brett Mitchell and concertmaster William Preucil will give the first Cleveland Orchestra performances this season of the Violin Concerto No. 3 by Augusta Read Thomas, pictured here. (Photo by Anthony Barlich)

Associate conductor Brett Mitchell and concertmaster William Preucil will give the first Cleveland Orchestra performances this season of the Violin Concerto No. 3 by Augusta Read Thomas, pictured here. (Photo by Anthony Barlich)

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) has published several previews of The Cleveland Orchestra's 2016-17 season, which features a number of programs to be led by Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell in his final year with the orchestra.

The first preview, titled "Cleveland Orchestra pushes in fresh directions," contains the following listings:

7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4
Bernstein: Symphonic Suite from "On the Waterfront"
Thomas: Violin Concerto No. 3
Copland: Symphony No. 3
Artists: Brett Mitchell, conductor; William Preucil, violin
Notes: Associate conductor Brett Mitchell, music director designate of the Colorado Symphony, presides over an all-American program featuring the Severance premieres of Bernstein's "On the Waterfront" and the "Juggler in Paradise" concerto by Augusta Read Thomas, performed by concertmaster Preucil.

7 p.m. Friday, March 3; "Fridays@7"
Thomas: Violin Concerto No. 3
Copland: Symphony No. 3

Artists: Mitchell, conductor; Preucil, violin
Notes: This Friday-night crowd gets a panoramic view of American music, as interpreted by associate conductor Mitchell: Copland's grand Symphony No. 3 alongside the "Juggler in Paradise" concerto by Augusta Read Thomas, performed by concertmaster Preucil.

7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 1-3; and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 4
Bernstein: "West Side Story" (film with live accompaniment)
Artist: Mitchell, conductor
Notes: Outgoing associate conductor Mitchell (music director designate of the Colorado Symphony) concludes the season, and gives one heck of a farewell, with one last film accompanied live by the orchestra. This time, though, the composer is a household name: Leonard Bernstein.

The second preview, titled "Cleveland Orchestra welcomes holidays, families," focuses on other programs Mr. Mitchell will lead at Severance Hall and beyond during the 2016-17 season, including a production of George Ballanchine's The Nutcracker with Pennsylvania Ballet, family and holiday programs, film projects, and the complete season of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.

Brett Mitchell presides over the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra for the 2016-17 season, the last of his tenure at Severance Hall. (Photo by Thomas Ondrey for The Plain Dealer)

Brett Mitchell presides over the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra for the 2016-17 season, the last of his tenure at Severance Hall. (Photo by Thomas Ondrey for The Plain Dealer)