A History of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra

By Robert Finn

The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated 65 years of existence with the publication of a book recounting its history and the release of three compact discs containing historic performances under five of its music directors.

SYMPHONIC JOURNEY, Con Amore, was a project of the orchestra’s History Committee. It was written by Robert Finn, former music critic of The Cleveland Plain Dealer and freelance writer, teacher, lecturer and arts advocate. The book was publicly unveiled at a reception at the Gwinn Estate in Bratenahl on October 4, 2003 and is available at Philharmonic concerts, from the orchestra by mail and on its Web page, and in selected local bookstores. All book sale proceeds directly benefit the orchestra.

SYMPHONIC JOURNEY, Con Amore recounts the orchestra’s 1938 founding and history in detail. It contains many photographs and reproductions of early Philharmonic programs and newspaper reviews. There are extensive appendices that list players, conductors, repertory and winners of the orchestra’s Young Artist Competition through the years.

Special thanks and congratulations to the CPO History Committee: Barbara Dailey, Millie Carlson, Thomas Lynch, Lee Heim, and to editorial advisor Klaus G. Roy for their tireless and dedicated efforts in bringing the orchestra’s history to publication. The Committee coordinated the history project from its inception in 1996 with an initial gift from the Allan E. Carlson Endowment Fund and with ongoing support from donations to the Robert Marcellus Memorial Fund.

We invite you to purchase this engaging story of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and the accompanying historical compact disc recordings.

Classic Cleveland Philharmonic CD April 3, 1966

Zoltan Rozsnyai, conductor

Klaus G. Roy: Chorale-Variations on the Appalachian Ballad Tune, "Jimmy Randal"

Beethoven: Overture and Incidental Music for Goethe’s Drama, "Egmont"

Classic Cleveland Philharmonic CD December 8, 1968

José Serebrier conductor; Carole Farley, soprano

Brahms: "Tragic" Overture

R. Strauss: "Four Last Songs"

Ginastera: "Don Rodrigo" Sinfonia

Classic Cleveland Philharmonic CD 1954, 1973, 1982

Bizet: Symphony in C Major, F. Karl Grossman, conductor

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola, K 364, Robert Marcellus, conductor;

Alcestis Perry, violin; Richard Bogomolny, viola

Nielsen: Flute Concerto, William B. Slocum, conductor; Barbara Peterson, flute

Symphonic Journey Con Amore