The Cleveland Orchestra Launches Third Edition of Classics Concerts

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Jennifer Taylor)

On Thursday, August 20, 2020, The Cleveland Orchestra launched its third collection of full-length concerts on TCO Classics, showcasing some of the orchestra’s most memorable performances across its first half-century at the Blossom Music Center.

The collection spotlights performances by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, clarinetist Benny Goodman, pianist Van Cliburn, violinist Itzhak Perlman, soprano Roberta Peters, and mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, among others.

“Every year playing at Blossom Music Center is a special highlight for The Cleveland Orchestra and our Northeast Ohio community and I know now we’re all missing our beautiful summer home,” said Cleveland Orchestra Chief Artistic Officer Mark Williams in a press release.

“We’ve also included the only concert in which Leonard Bernstein conducted The Cleveland Orchestra. And there’s a 2013 presentation where Franz Welser-Möst led soprano Luba Orgonášová and the Orchestra in Strauss’s ‘Four Last Songs.’ It was an absolutely extraordinary performance that brought tears to my eyes and those around me,” added Williams.

Each month, a selection of five to eight complete Cleveland Orchestra concerts will be available to stream. The recordings will be available for listening for one month, with a new group of concerts released on the third Thursday of each next month.

The initial series is available for a limited time until September 17, 2020, at