The Cleveland Orchestra Announces Conductor Change for Israel Performances

By David Salazar

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced that Daniel Harding will be replacing music director Franz Welser-Möst for a series of concert performances in Israel between Oct. 26-28, 2023.

Per an official statement issued by the company, Welser-Möst was forced to withdraw from the Israel performances due to a treatment that he must undergo. He is set to return in January 2024 and is primed to conduct the opening performances of the ensemble’s tour in Vienna and Linz.

Harding will lead an all-Mahler program in Israel with the Oct. 26 showcase set for Auditorium Haifa, the Oct. 27 program scheduled for the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, and the final presentation slated for the Jerusalem Theatre.

Simon Keenlyside will perform songs from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” and “Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit.” The program will also include a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7.