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The Cleveland Orchestra is wrapping up its residency in Salzburg, Austria and leaves next week for the Lucerne Festival. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman talked with the classical music critic of the International Herald Tribune about the orchestra’s rave reviews.

More: http://www.wksu.org/news/story/22270

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Gary Hanson tells us how the orchestra is embracing visual performances – staged opera at Severance and ballet at Blossom in the coming year. We also hear about the Orchestra’s upcoming performance at the Salzberg Festival and the continuing competition between Cleveland and the Vienna Phil.

Click here to hear the interview with Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hansen

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Watch the second part of David Roden’s interview with Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Most as he prepares to conduct a program featuring Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” at the Blossom Festival on Friday, August 8th.

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Dan Visconti calls himself a bad pianist. He says he doesn\'t use the piano to compose because it would result in inferior music.It’s not every day that you find a classical composer whose parents didn’t ask, “How’s the fugue coming along, Timmy” when he was 5.

At 5, Dan Visconti was playing violin, but two months later he quit. It wasn’t until he turned 18 that he started really listening to classical music.

A few years later he was composing it, but mixing in a lot of rock, jazz and blues. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman chatted with the Cleveland Arts Prize winner in a practice room at the Cleveland Institute of Music:

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Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Most recently sat down with WKSU’s David Roden to discuss the upcoming Blossom season and next weekend’s Severance Hall production of Dvorak’s opera, Rusalka. Look for more on Blossom later – in the meantime, here is Roden’s interview on Rusalka in 6 parts.

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