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Cleveland Orchestra

Seasonal, Wednesdays, 8 to 10pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, WITH-FM/HD 90.1-2 and online at

The Cleveland Orchestra sets the standard of artistic excellence, concert programming, and community engagement. Even if you can't be at Severance Hall or Blossom Music Center in person, you can hear The Cleveland Orchestra each week in live or recorded radio broadcasts.

Maestro George Szell

The 2019-2020 season presents concerts past, present and future.  We'll enjoy archival concerts from 1965 with Maestro George Szell, two outstanding performances from the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, theh conceerto finals from the 2019 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Compeetition, and a concert with guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leading the orchestra in Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.  

Maestro Tilson Thomas talks about working with the Cleveland Orchestra.  

A new season of "live" concerts from Carnegie Hall begins with the Opening Night Gala that featured the Cleveland Orchestra and guest violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and cellist Lynn Harrell, in one of his final performances before his passing in April 2020. Franz Welser-Möst conducts.

Enjoy Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy on the August 5th broadcast. Vinay Parameswaran conducts the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.

Join Classical 91.5 and the Cleveland Orchestra on July 29th to hear the top prize winners in the 2019 Cooper International Violin Competition.  Shihan Wang, Isabella Brown and Eric Charles Chen.

Conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas talks about his 2019 song cycle Meditations on Rilke in this video.  He says the themes of the work, which is a setting of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, are almost as old as Thomas himself. We'll hear the work on the June 17th broadcast.

A new season of the Cleveland Orchestra kicks off with the beloved Norwegian melodies from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite on May 20th.

German soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller stars in Brahms German Requiem. (7/3)

It's John Adams' The Chairman Dances on the 6/12 broadcast. (Photo of CD cover art)


The Cleveland Orchestra presents a special staged performance of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos on the May 8th broadcast. Read the review.


Learn more about Franz Welser-Möst's passion for Mahler's music as the season opens with his Resurrection Symphony No. 2.