Franz is at the Proms - Listen Live Online

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 ·

Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst is in London getting ready to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms. The Proms, known more formally as the Promenade Concerts, have taken place annually for more than 1oo years at Royal Albert Hall. The famous music festival includes more than 70 concerts in three months.

Franz was invited late last month to step in for Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who unfortunately withdrew due to illness.

The program includes Haydn's Symphony No. 98 and Schubert's "Great" Symphony No. 9.

You can listen to the concert live at 2:30 EST on Thursday, September 10, or it's available online afterwards until September 18.

The BBC pre-concert interview with Franz (the interview begins at 1:12:25) is also online and features brief clips of The Cleveland Orchestra performing. Franz talked about the beauty and sound of Severance Hall, compares the traditions of the Vienna Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra, his appointment with the Vienna State Opera, and his recent Ring cycle performances there.

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