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Marcia Hansen Kraus

Marcia Kraus

Marcia Hansen Kraus is a cellist-composer. She has played in the Portland (now Oregon) Symphony and the Washington D.C. Opera Orchestra. Her Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra has been performed by The Cleveland Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony, and the Philadelphia Mainline Orchestra. Her most recent composition is The Pied Piper Fantasie for English Horn and Orchestra. A native of Portland, Oregon, she now resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Marcia Hansen Kraus' Books

George Szell's Reign

GEORGE SZELL'S REIGN: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA (2017): George Szell was the Cleveland Orchestra's towering presence for over a quarter of a century. From the boardroom to the stage, Szell's powerful personality affected every aspect of a musical institution he reshaped in his own perfectionist image. Marcia Hansen Kraus' participation in Cleveland's classical musical scene allowed her an intimate view of Szell and his achievements.

As a musician herself, and married to an oboist who worked under Szell, Kraus pulls back the curtain on this storied era through fascinating interviews with orchestra musicians and patrons. Their recollections combine with Kraus' own to paint a portrait of a multifaceted individual who both earned and transcended his tyrannical reputation. If some musicians hated Szell, others loved him or at the least respected his fair-minded toughness. A great many remember playing under his difficult leadership as the high point in their lives. Filled with vivid backstage stories, "George Szell's Reign" reveals the human side of a great orchestra and how one visionary built a premier classical music institution.

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November 3, 2018
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Fisher Auditorium Wooster, Ohio
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