Opening Session (VIDEO)

Session Date Start Time End Time Attachments
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:30 pm 3:00 pm

Performance by The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO), now in its 29th year, is Cleveland’s premiere youth ensemble established to provide a pre-professional training experience of the highest artistic standard.

The occasion of the League’s Opening Plenary Session marks the return of COYO alumnus and world-renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein in a special appearance with COYO performing Saint-Saens The Swan from Carnival of the Animals, followed by COYO’s tour preview performance of the final movement of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4.

Alisa Weilerstein was a member of The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra from 1992-1994, and made her debut with The Cleveland Orchestra on its High School Matinee Concert in October, 1995  (performing Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme Ops. 33, Alan Gilbert conducting).

Opening Remarks by Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras; Gary Hanson, executive director, The Cleveland Orchestra; and Leonard DiCosimo, president, Cleveland Federation of Musicians, Local 4

Remarks by Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Getting Real About Relevance: Our Value through the Eyes of Others
The question of relevance—how our orchestras can matter more in today’s world—burns in the minds of leaders across our field. During the opening plenary, we’ll consider how orchestras can employ the music we make to address community needs. A panel of government, business, community, and artistic leaders will share their perspectives on the priorities of the constituents and stakeholders they serve; how orchestras can help provide what the public values; and how we can develop relationships with the community that enable us to be involved in meaningful ways.

Moderator: Michael Rohd, Director, Center for Performance and Civic Practice

Panelists: Christopher Alvarado, Executive Director, Slavic Village Development; Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive; Beth Mooney, Chairman and CEO, KeyCorp; Alisa Weilerstein, Cello



Located between the Westin Cleveland Hotel and Cleveland Convention Center, the Grand Cleveland Public Auditorium debuted in 1922, and at the time was the largest convention hall in America.  Join us at the League’s Opening Session to behold the sophistication and craftsmanship of old world elegance in the Music Hall, which has played host to such performers as the Beatles and Frank Sinatra.

Cleveland Public Auditorium- Music Hall
1201 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
216 348 2275

Broadcast Music Inc. and SD&A Teleservices are generously co-sponsoring the Opening Session.