AS IT CELEBRATES its Centennial Season in 2017-18, The Cleveland Orchestra is praised as one of the very best orchestras in the world and noted for its devotion and service to the community it calls home. The 2017-18 season marks the ensemble’s sixteenth year under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, one of the world’s most renowned musical leaders. Today, concert performances, community presentations, touring residencies, broadcasts, and recordings provide access to the Orchestra’s acclaimed artistry to an enthusiastic, generous, and multi-faceted constituency around the world.

Looking toward its Second Century, the Orchestra is working to continue its legendary command of musical excellence, to fully focus on serving its hometown community (through outstanding concerts, vibrant musical engagement, and strong music education programs), to develop the youngest audience of any orchestra, and to move forward with an unshakeable commitment to innovation and a fearless pursuit of success.

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE  The Cleveland Orchestra has long been committed to the pursuit of extraordinary musical performance in everything that it does.  The Orchestra’s ongoing collaboration with Franz Welser-Möst is widely-acknowledged among the best orchestra-conductor partnerships of today.  Performances of standard repertoire and new works are unrivalled at home, on tour across North America and Europe, and through recordings, telecasts, and radio and internet broadcasts.  Its longstanding championship of new composers and commissioning of new works helps audiences experience music as a living language that grows and evolves with each new generation.  Today, Cleveland Orchestra concerts are presented in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences, touching the lives of people across musical tastes and styles.  Innovative programming, creative vision, and unrivaled virtuosity bring musical masterpieces to life, affording audiences unequaled opportunities to experience music as a universal language of communication and understanding.


CELEBRATING EDUCATION AND YOUNG PEOPLE  Programs for young audiences were designed to be a central focus of The Cleveland Orchestra from the very beginning.  Hundreds of thousands have learned to love music through the Orchestra’s education programs and education concerts. Standing on the shoulders of more than nine decades of presenting quality music education programs, the Orchestra made national and international headlines through the creation of its Center for Future Audiences in 2010.  Established with a generous endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation, the Center is designed to provide ongoing funding for the Orchestra’s continuing work to develop interest in classical music among young people and to develop the youngest audience of any orchestra.  The flagship “Under 18s Free” program has seen unparalleled success in increasing attendance and interest — with 20% of attendees now comprised of concertgoers age 25 and under.  Tomorrow’s audiences are joining with us today!

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY The Cleveland Orchestra was born in Cleveland, created by a group of visionary citizens who believed in the power of music to inspire creativity and understanding – to improve the lives of everyone.   Together, the Cleveland community aspired to afford the best performances of great orchestral music possible anywhere.  Through community support and individual generosity, the Orchestra has grown and advanced across the decades, proudly becoming Ohio’s best-known international ambassador and carrying the name of Cleveland around the world.  Strong ticket sales cover just half of each season’s costs, augmented with the generosity of thousands each year, driving the Orchestra forward and sustaining its extraordinary tradition of excellence onstage, in the classroom, and for the community.  Today, The Cleveland Orchestra is dedicated to serving the people of Northeast Ohio, with excellence, enthusiasm, and extraordinary commitment to future generations.  And to promote the inspirational power of music . . . to change lives for the better, for its ability to foster creativity and understanding, and to bring joy into life people’s lives each and every day.