Cleveland Orchestra unveils first episodes in second season of ‘On a Personal Note” podcast series

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Business is more personal than ever these days at the Cleveland Orchestra.

That is to say, the orchestra is hard at work on more episodes of “On a Personal Note.”

On Thursday, the orchestra lifted the veil on the first installment of its second season of free podcasts, revealing the details of three segments and promising ten more in the near future.

The new episodes will be available Tuesday, Sept. 1, and ten more are to be released over the coming weeks. All new and past episodes can be found at and most radio streaming services including Apple, Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio.

President and chief executive Andre Gremillet described the podcasts, each of which focuses on an individual within the ensemble, as a silver lining on a primarily dark cloud, a ray of sunshine during a season of closures and cancellations.

Concerts may not be taking place, he wrote, but the first season of podcasts was downloaded some 17,000 times and “made it possible for our audiences and listeners to get to know [music director] Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra musicians better, through their musical and personal stories.”

The second season of “On a Personal Note” will again begin with Welser-Most. The first new episode, called “Veer,” will feature the music director reflecting on his enduring love for the music of Schubert and how deeply it’s intertwined with his choice to pursue a career in conducting.

Episode two, called “Where Words Fail, Music Speaks,” highlights director of choruses Lisa Wong and the meaning she finds in “On the Transmigration of Souls,” a recent work by John Adams memorializing the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

The third episode features assistant principal trombone Shachar Israel. In “From Resurrection to Redemption,” the trombonist discusses the adversities he overcame on his way to the Cleveland Orchestra and the central role Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 has played in his life.

These are just the first three episodes. A spokesman for the orchestra said ten more episodes of “On a Personal Note” are in the works, and will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, visit


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