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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2/4: Cleveland Orchestra

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 10:19 AM

After a short strike and concerts in Miami, the Cleveland Orchestra returns to Severance Hall this weekend with one of the most influential musical thinkers of the past 100 years leading one of the world’s greatest pianists in a program featuring 20th-century music. Conductor Pierre Boulez — who turns 85 in March — will be here for two weeks. He won’t conduct any of his own music, but he will lead the orchestra in works by fellow Frenchmen Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard — a longtime Boulez collaborator — is the soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. The concert opens with Messiaen’s meditative L’Ascension and closes with Debussy’s impressions of Spain, “Iberia.” Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Severance Hall (11001 Euclid Ave., 216.231.1111). Tickets: $31-$126. — Michael Gill

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