Amateur orchestras don't get much attention, but the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra
is worth a listen. Today's performance of Bach's Third Orchestral Suite headlines the ensemble's first concert of the new season. "We play all the standard stuff very well," says William Slocum, the group's longtime music director. "Now we're nibbling away at the fringes." Today's program includes Schubert's "Great" Symphony No. 9 in C major a major work of the Romantic period and one the Philharmonic revisits every few years. "We used to have to work hard for certain things," Slocum says of the orchestral players. "Now, with just a gesture or a little remark, they respond instantly."
Sun., Oct. 15, 3 p.m.