Our Lady of Lourdes Church in the Broadway Slavic neighborhood of Cleveland saw a packed house and works by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Rossini and Wagner for the Cleveland Orchestra’s “At Home” neighborhood residency program April 10.
James Feddeck returned to the Cleveland Orchestra, where he served as assistant conductor four for years, ending his tenure during the 2012-2013 season.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that more than 700 patrons crowded into the church for the free performance.
The evening featured music from varied geography, including the Slavic heritage of its venue. But each piece was connected by its roots in romantic dance. The night included two works by Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dance in C minor, Op. 46 No. 7 and Slavonic Dance in C major, Opus 46 No. 1, Polonaise from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Opera Eugene Onegin, and Gioacchino Rossini’s Introduction and Variations, which featured Daniel McKelway on clarinet.
The bill also included Bed?ich Smetana’s The Moldau No. 2 from Má Vlast, and Richard Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser.
The Plain Dealer’s Zachary Lewis called Feddeck’s direction, “long-sighted, expanding and accelerating with irresistible force.”