Program Books

Cleveland Orchestra program books have long been praised for the depth and breadth of their contents — offered free of charge to attending audiences. Each book includes informative commentary and background information about the music, the musicians, and the Orchestra’s work in the community and fame around the world.

NEW! Summer 2022 Digital Program Notes

Just in time for the 2022 Blossom Music Festival, follow along each weekend this summer with digital program notes. You can also find them at

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"Spotlight" Magazine

Beginning with the 2020-21 season, we began producing a magazine and broadcast guide, offering information about The Cleveland Orchestra, its concerts, and our new In Focus digital broadcast series.

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About the Music

Commentary and program notes in Cleveland Orchestra program books are intended to inform listeners about the composers’ lives and the historical background of the works performed at every subscription concert. Our writers try to talk about music in a clear and friendly way, with notes written to encourage open-minded listening to new works or provide fresh insights for hearing familiar pieces.

Learn Beforehand

Program notes will be made available on the Cleveland Orchestra website beginning at least two weeks prior to each in-person concert or online broadcast.


Please keep in mind that the program notes in Cleveland Orchestra books are held under copyright by the author/s and/or the Orchestra. For information about reprinting or using these notes, please contact the Program Book Editor.

Contact Us

We're eager to hear from you about our digital program book offerings. Feedback is always welcome and helps us continue to improve and refine our  ervice for our audiences. Please email your thoughts to the Managing Editor.