The Florida Orchestra
Symphonic Dances


Jahja Ling, conductor

The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay

Robert Summer, director

Track Listing


Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Prologue (Allegro moderato)
Somewhere (Adagio)
Scherzo (Vivace e leggiero)
Mambo (Meno Presto)
Cha-cha (Andantino con grazia)
Meeting Scene (Meno mosso)
Cool Fugue (Allegretto)
Rumble (Molto Allegro)
Finale (Adagio)

Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Con moto agitato
Un poco lento
Allegro molto
Tempo di valse
Sempre piu lento
Andante tranquillo
Quick Waltz: Molto con moto

MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)

Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2
Daybreak (Lent)
Pantomimi (Tres lent)
General Dance (Lent)

Jahja Ling

The 1997-98 season marks Jahja Ling’s tenth year as music director of The Florida Orchestra in the Tampa Bay area and his thirteenth season as Resident Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra.

Jahja Ling made his highly-acclaimed debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in January of 1985, and subsequently has conducted the Orchestra in hundreds of concerts in Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center and on tour. Deeply committed to education, he served as the founding Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra from 1986 to 1993.

Respected for his musical integrity, intensity and expressiveness, Mr. Ling has guest conducted virtually all of the major orchestra in the United States, including the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, National (Washington D.C.), San Francisco, Seattle, the Los Angeles and the New York Philharmonics, and the Minnesota and Philadelphia Orchestras. In 1988 he was selected as a recipient of the Seavor/National Endowment for the Arts Conductor’s Award, an award for American conductors of extraordinary promise.

Mr. Ling made his European debut with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 1988, to great acclaim and has been invited to return frequently. Other orchestras he has conducted abroad include the China Broadcasting Orchestra in Beijing, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, th NDR Symphony Orchestras in Hamburg and in Hanover, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Radio Orchestras of Berlin and Leipzig, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony of China, the National Symphony of Taiwan, the Vancouver Symphony and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo.

Prior to his appointment in Cleveland, Jahja Ling served as Assistant and then Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. Additionally, he was founding Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, with whom he was invited to perform for the visiting Queen Elizabeth II in 1983.

For Telarc, he has made several recordings with the Royal Philharmonic of London and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, one of them nominated for a Grammy. In January of 1991, The Florida Orchestra under Jahja Ling became the first classical ensemble ever invited to perform the National Anthem at a Super Bowl (with soloist Whitney Houston).