Severance Hall

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As the Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its 100th season this year, we take a look back at where the orchestra started and how it evolved into one of the finest in the country.

A Remembrance of Pierre Boulez

Jan 7, 2016
Boulez leading Cleveland Orchestra
ROGER MASTROIANNI / Cleveland Orchestra

 Boulez made his American orchestra debut in Cleveland at the invitation of George Szell in March of 1965.

Four years later, Szell made him the orchestra’s first principal guest conductor, and after Szell’s death in 1970 Boulez served for two seasons in Severance Hall as musical advisor.

Last season, in celebration of Boulez’s 90th birthday, the Cleveland Orchestra presented a video about him, and Music Director Franz Welser Most paid tribute.

“Pierre Boulez is one of the most influential musical figures in the 20th century, definitely.”