Censored: Art & Power Festival

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May 15 -22

The Cleveland Orchestra is partnering with local education and cultural institutions to explore censorship and weaponization of the arts by Nazi Germany with its festival, Censored: Art & Power.  The festival is centered around the Orchestra’s performances of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu and seeks to spark discussion about the role of art in society, government censorship, and prejudice — using as a starting point Nazi Germany’s oppression and weaponization of the arts by labelling groups and styles “Degenerate Art & Music.”

For this festival, The Cleveland Orchestra is collaborating with distinguished arts organizations across Northeast Ohio, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Facing History & Ourselves and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to co-present associated events, film screenings, and education programs. 

CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PRESENTATIONS:

JAZZ SUITE
Friday, May 15, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Aaron Diehl, piano – Severance Hall debut
Conrad Tao, piano – Severance Hall debut
Paul Sikivie, bass – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Greg Hutchinson, drums – Cleveland Orchestra debut


OPERA: LULU
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 22, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Barbara Hannigan, soprano (Lulu)
Rainer Trost, tenor (Painter) — Cleveland Orchestra debut
Bo Skovhus, baritone (Dr. Schön)
Norbert Ernst, tenor (Alwa)
Sergei Leiferkus, bass (Schigolch) — Cleveland Orchestra debut
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano (Geschwitz)

Opera presentation sung in German with projected supertitles.


THE NIGHTINGALE
Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Audrey Luna, soprano

 

Click HERE to read the press release for Censored: Art & Power

For information on Censored: Art & Power partner events visit clevelandorchestra.com