The Cleveland Orchestra announces its 80th international tour with eight performances in Berlin, Helsinki, Lucerne, Ansfelden, Bratislava, and Vienna 
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Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leads the Orchestra on the 200th anniversary of Anton Bruckner’s birth in Ansfelden, the composer’s hometown 
The Orchestra returns to Helsinki and Bratislava for the first time since 1965

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst announced the details of the ensemble’s 80th international tour, which will feature eight concerts in six European cities. 
Over the course of two weeks from August 26 to September 7, the Orchestra will travel to Berlin, Helsinki, Lucerne, Ansfelden, Bratislava, and Vienna, and will be joined by Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson in Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto for four of the performances. 
The tour kicks off at the Berliner Philharmonie with a unique program featuring contemporary American works by frequent Cleveland Orchestra collaborator John Adams and the Orchestra’s current Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellow, Allison Loggins-Hull. The two works are complemented by Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 2, which the Orchestra recorded and released in 2021 as part of its continued exploration of Prokofiev’s symphonies. 
The Orchestra then continues its travels through Europe in performances featuring Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, and Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. The concerts in Helsinki and Bratislava mark the first time since 1965 that the ensemble has performed in these cities, making the Orchestra’s return this year particularly special. 
September 4 in Ansfelden marks another special occasion on the tour, not only for The Cleveland Orchestra but for music lovers around the world. On the 200th anniversary of Anton Bruckner’s birth, Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in Bruckner’s beloved Symphony No. 4 in the city of his birth as part of the composer’s year-long bicentennial celebration. This special performance opens the International Bruckner Festival Linz 2024. It takes place outside the Ansfelden parish church and will be broadcast live worldwide in partnership with Unitel. 
The tour ends on September 6 and 7 in Vienna with two concerts at the Musikverein where The Cleveland Orchestra has a long-standing residency, the first of its kind by an American orchestra. For a recent interview and digital concert with Franz Welser-Möst discussing his relationship with the city while walking through its streets, visit the Orchestra’s Franz in Vienna production on Adella, the Orchestra’s digital home. 
“As we embark on our landmark 80th international tour, we are thrilled to continue bringing The Cleveland Sound to the world,” said André Gremillet, President and CEO of The Cleveland Orchestra. “It is a genuine privilege to represent Cleveland, Ohio, and the United States in some of Europe’s most extraordinary halls, showcasing once again why The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst enjoy such an unparalleled reputation around the world. We are particularly eager to return to Helsinki and Bratislava for the first time in nearly sixty years for what promises to be memorable concerts with the wonderful Víkingur Ólafsson.” 
 
“There are many things I look forward to when touring with The Cleveland Orchestra, including meeting music lovers and Cleveland Orchestra fans from around the world, and giving audiences a taste of the artistry that takes place here in Cleveland every week,” said Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. “What makes this tour even more unique, however, is the opportunity to conduct Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony with The Cleveland Orchestra on his 200th birthday, literally yards away from where he was born. As a fellow Upper Austrian who grew up in the same cultural environment as Bruckner did and who has been fascinated by his music ever since I was an altar boy, this is a full circle moment for me, and I feel both honored and fortunate to lead the Orchestra on that very special day.” 
 
The 2024 European tour bookends the Orchestra’s summer season at Blossom Music Center and precedes later in September the launch of its 107th season, which also marks the 23rd year of the Orchestra’s acclaimed partnership with Franz Welser-Möst.

2024 European Tour Calendar
Berliner Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Monday, August 26, at 8 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra  
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor 
ALLISON LOGGINS-HULL  Can You See? (European Premiere) 
JOHN ADAMS  Guide to Strange Places 
PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 2  
Musiikkitalo, Helsinki, Finland 
Wednesday, August 28, at 7 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra  
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor 
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano 
R. SCHUMANN  Piano Concerto 
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 5 
Musiikkitalo, Helsinki, Finland 
Thursday, August 29, at 7 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra  
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor 
PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 2 
BERLIOZ  Symphonie fantastique 
Lucerne Festival, Switzerland 
Sunday, September 1, at 6:30 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra  
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor 
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano 
R. SCHUMANN  Piano Concerto 
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 5 
Pfarrkirche Ansfelden, Austria 
Wednesday, September 4, at 8:30 p.m. 
The Cleveland Orchestra  
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor 
WAGNER  Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde 
BRUCKNER  Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”  
Reduta Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia 
Thursday, September 5
The Cleveland Orchestra  
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor 
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano 
R. SCHUMANN  Piano Concerto 
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 5 
Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Friday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m. 
The Cleveland Orchestra  
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor 
WAGNER  Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde 
BRUCKNER  Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”  
Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Saturday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra  
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor 
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano 
R. SCHUMANN  Piano Concerto 
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 5 
 
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