Preview: "Ross Binnie talks about The Cleveland Orchestra's fall season"

Brett Mitchell will lead The Cleveland Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet in seven performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker this fall, one of many projects he will lead during his fourth and final season with the orchestra. (Photo by Alexander Iziliaev of Pennsylvania Ballet)

Brett Mitchell will lead The Cleveland Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet in seven performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker this fall, one of many projects he will lead during his fourth and final season with the orchestra. (Photo by Alexander Iziliaev of Pennsylvania Ballet)

Cleveland Classical has published a conversation with Ross Binnie, Chief Marketing Officer of The Cleveland Orchestra, previewing the ensemble's upcoming fall season, including a number of programs led by Associate Conductor Brett Mitchell during his fourth and final season with the orchestra.

On Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 pm, Brett Mitchell will lead the Orchestra in the annual Holiday Spooktacular. The program, titled “Superman at the Symphony,” features music from John Williams’s score for the movie Superman and Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony, accompanied by classic images of the Man of Steel. “This is one of our big traditions of the year. The Orchestra takes the dressing-up part very seriously, and all the kids and families come in costume. It’s always fun.”

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra will present their season opener on November 18 at 8:00 pm. Brett Mitchell will lead performances of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 and the world premiere of Roger Briggs’ Fountain of Youth, which was commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. “This is an ambitious start to their season, but it’s terrific for Brett and the orchestra to have a world premiere and the Bruckner to begin the year.

The Orchestra’s 2016 holiday offerings begin with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker with Pennsylvania Ballet, Angel Corella artistic director. Brett Mitchell will lead The Cleveland Orchestra in performances at the State Theater, Playhouse Square from November 30 through December 4. “Who doesn’t love The Nutcracker?” Binnie said. “There are seven performances including a Friday matinee. This is our first time presenting it with the Pennsylvania Ballet, which will be exciting all around.”

It’s movie time on December 8 and 9 when Brett Mitchell leads The Cleveland Orchestra and Youth Chorus in Dimitri Tiomkin’s score to Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life. “I think it’s absolutely amazing how precise and how wrapped up in the story the orchestra has to be. You realize just how great this music is when you hear it performed live: I never think I’ve heard the soundtracks to movies properly until I hear them performed by this Orchestra. Between this movie and the music, it’s going to be stunning.”

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