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NYT: Cleveland Orchestra 'may be America's best'

NYT: Cleveland Orchestra 'may be America's best'
Posted at 5:26 PM, Jan 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 15:03:39-05

The New York Times has discovered something we already knew.

You can run to your friends in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and tell them this place they call the "mistake on the lake" is actually pretty cool. We know you already knew that, but here's another reason to add to the list - the Times says the Cleveland Orchestra is America's best.

Even better still, they say the orchestra members are humble about it. But now we'll not-so-humbly brag for them.

"It's kind of an understated celebration, and that is absolutely true to the Cleveland Orchestra's character," Gary Hanson, the ensemble's executive director from 2004-2015, told NYT. "It would rather not make noise. The quality of the performance is always supposed to be the loudest voice."

Franz Welser-Möst, music director since 2002, agreed. He told the Times the orchestra should be celebrating the city and the community, not itself.

"The orchestra has long been renowned for its sound — precise, lithe and transparent, yet not lacking in power or color — and its disciplined work ethic, both honed by a series of strong maestros in the modern era," the New York Times wrote.

The Cleveland Orchestra turns 100 this year. It is playing two programs at Carnegie Hall this week.