In addition to its hometown seasons at Severance Hall and Blossom, The Cleveland Orchestra has a long and distringuished record of performing across the United States and around the world.
An extensive touring schedule was part of each season from early in the ensemble's history, with The Cleveland Orchestra's first performance at Carngie Hall coming in 1922. Additional milestones followed, including their first "overseas" tour to Cuba in 1927 and first European tour in 1957. Since that time, they have performed repeatedly at Europe's most prestigious halls and festivals, visited South America and Australia, and returned at regular intervals to Asia.
Over the past dozen years, building on its worldwide artistic reputation, The Cleveland Orchestra has developed a new model to dovetail with its ongoing touring schedule. A series of long-term residency partnerships have been developed in great international cities, giving the Orchestra new and ongoing relationships with a wider audeince of symphonic music lovers. In Miami, New York,and Vienna, Cleveland has active and growing initiatives based on the Orchestra’s reputation for excellence in performance and music education.
Collaboration with a community, its arts and cultural institutions, and its schools are at the heart of this residency partnership model. Crafted around artistically preeminent concerts, Cleveland Orchestra residencies feature proven programs in audience development, musician training, community engagement, and music education. Cleveland’s consummate professionals teach the young musicians who will build tomorrow’s great orchestras and dedicate family concerts to building the world’s future audiences.
The Cleveland Orchestra believes that music should play a significant role in the development and enrichment of society. Cleveland’s music director, Franz Welser-Möst, has set the stage with his artistic passion, his philosophy about music and its role in education, and his engaged leadership style. Along with the leadership of the Musical Arts Association and executive director Gary Hanson, he is building The Cleveland Orchestra’s future in Northeast Ohio, nationally and internationally by defining a unique role for the Orchestra in the global context of the 21st century.
Cleveland Orchestra Residencies
- Miami: The Cleveland Orchestra serves more than 20,000 adults and young people in the Miami-Dade community through a variety of concerts and community engagement activities including school programs and coaching with university students. The Orchestra performs four weekends of concerts each year at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and partners with numerous community organizations. For more information, please visit clevelandorchestramiami.com.
- Vienna: The Orchestra’s residency at the famed Musikverein (home of the Vienna Philharmonic) is the first of its kind by an American orchestra. The Orchestra held its sixth Musikverein residency in the autumn of 2013 as part of a xx-concert European Tour, and returns for more concerts in 2014.
- New York: In 2011, the Orchestra began a new residency releationship with New York’s Lincoln Center Festival with Franz Welser-Möst leading a week of concerts performing Bruckner symphonies and works by John Adams. The residency will continue in future years, with additional themed programming or in featuring the Orchestra in fully-staged opera presentations.
- Lucerne Festival: An ongoing biennial residency at Lucerne's international festival in Switzerland, has featured Roche Commissions — a project involving the Orchestra, the Festival, and Carnegie Hall.