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The Cleveland Orchestra Returns to Miami in January & February 2018 for concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leads symphonies by Beethoven & Mahler

Education Activities include two concerts for Miami-Dade County School Students on February 1

Individual tickets on sale, Subscriptions available

“Under 18s Free” continues in 2018

For release Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cleveland, OH – During its 100th season, The Cleveland Orchestra returns for the 12th year of concerts and education and community programming in Miami. Concerts will take place in January and February led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst featuring symphonies by Beethoven and Mahler at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. The Adrienne Arsht Center has been the presenting partner of the Orchestra’s Miami concerts since the annual residency began in 2007. Praise of The Cleveland Orchestra under the artistic leadership of Welser-Möst includes The New York Times calling the ensemble “… American’s most brilliant orchestra,” and The Wall Street Journal stating that the Orchestra is “… magnificent.”

Individual tickets and subscriptions are available now. Detailed ticket information is listed below.

Media are invited to attend concerts and education events in the Miami community. For press tickets, access or additional details, please contact Justin Holden.

Concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
On January 26 and 27 Franz Welser-Möst conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, the composer’s breathtaking, last completed symphony, which is considered to be a meditation on the beauty of life.

On February 2 and 3 the Orchestra’s all-Beethoven program explores the composer’s iconic Symphony No. 5, his joyful Symphony No. 8, and the tragic and dramatic Overture to Coriolan.

Both concerts are a special showcase of Cleveland Orchestra musicians during the Orchestra’s Centennial season. Franz Welser-Möst chose these “seismic works” by Mahler and Beethoven for the 100th season because of their great impact on the music world — they changed history.

Prelude Concerts
Prelude Concerts with members of The Cleveland Orchestra performing in chamber ensembles will take place one hour prior to the start of the concerts on January 26 and 27 (featuring works by Schubert and Bernard Rands), and February 3 (featuring works by Beethoven and Adrien François.) Details of the programs and musicians performing is listed below in the Program Information section.

Education Concerts
For the 12th year, on February 1, the Orchestra will co-present two education performances with the Arsht Center for students in the Miami-Dade County Public School District at Knight Concert Hall. Led by Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran, the dynamic and engaging performances introduce students to classical music and the instruments of the orchestra. This year’s program is focused on the legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and features works by Beethoven, Copland, Mendelssohn and Dvorak alongside Duke Ellington’s Vortex from The River and the traditional spiritual “We Shall Overcome.”

“Civil Rights: Remembering MLK Jr.” uses music and dramatic vignettes (in between orchestra pieces), to trace the life journey of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through major events of the Civil Rights Movement — celebrating his victories, emphasizing his philosophy of non-violence, reflecting on his untimely death, and asking what we can do now to honor and fulfill his legacy. The music is symbolic of peaceful revolution from the life of Dr. King and other periods of history, demonstrating the timeless nature of the need for social justice and unity. This concert is presented in collaboration with Karamu House — the oldest African American theater in the United States —located in Cleveland, Ohio.

Additional Education Events in the Miami Community
January 28: Cleveland Orchestra musicians will return to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music as part of an ongoing partnership for a New Music Reading session of works in development by composition students.

January 31 and February 2: Four Music Explorer programs will be presented by Cleveland Orchestra musicians for Miami Dade County Public School (MDCPS) students. Music Explorer programs introduce young people to the instruments of the orchestra — one at a time. Each half-hour program will have children singing, clapping, and moving to the music while Cleveland Orchestra musicians perform short solo selections and familiar tunes, and demonstrate their instruments.

February 1: Cleveland Orchestra musicians return to Coconut Grove Cares/The Barnyard as part of their after school music program.

February 2: Cleveland Orchestra musicians will return to MDCPS’s Coral Reef High School for an orchestra repertoire coaching session.

Ticket Information
Individual tickets, as well as two-concert packages starting at $70, are currently on sale. To purchase tickets contact the Arsht Center Box Office at 305-949-6722, 877-949-6722, or visit

Under 18s Free
“Under 18s Free” continues for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Miami on January 26 and 27, and February 2 and 3. The Orchestra’s signature and innovative program continues to develop young audiences by making attending Orchestra concerts affordable for families, offering free tickets to young people, 17 and under, with the purchase of an adult ticket.

About The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami
The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami residency was launched in January 2007 during the inaugural season of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Over the course of 11 seasons, The Cleveland Orchestra has served Miami-Dade with an array of musical presentations including a series of subscription concerts, education programs, and community engagement activities. The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami residency is supported through the generosity of music-lovers from across South Florida who believe in the power of great orchestral music for adults and young people alike. Each season of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami concerts is presented in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Founded in 1918, The Cleveland Orchestra is acknowledged among the world’s handful of best orchestras, with The New York Times declaring it the “best in America” in 2015. Under its current music director, Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra continues to set standards of performing excellence and imaginative programming that serve as models for audiences and performers alike. In concerts and education programs in Cleveland, on tour, and in Miami, the ensemble is forging the path forward for symphonic music in the 21st century – attracting young audiences, building new partnerships with the communities it serves, and continuing its long tradition of excellence and musical inspiration. For more information, visit

About The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 500 events each year across its flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs several Signature Series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, the biggest flamenco festival in the Southeast, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 30,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses Brava by Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market. Visit for more information.

Program Information

Miami, Florida
Knight Concert Hall
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 9

Prelude Concert Details
Knight Concert Hall
Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Stephen Rose, violin
Jeffrey Zehngut, violin
Joanna Zakany, viola
Charles Bernard, cello
Robert Walters, english horn
Music for Shoko: Aubade for English Horn and String Quartet

Emma Shook, violin
Stanley Konopka, viola
Dane Johansen, cello
Scott Haigh, bass
Carolyn Warner, piano
SCHUBERT Piano Quintet (“Trout”)

Miami, Florida
Knight Concert Hall
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Prelude Concert Details
Knight Concert Hall
Saturday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Robert Woolfrey, clarinet
Bryan Dumm, cello
Carolyn Warner, piano
BEETHOVEN Trio in B-flat Major for clarinet, cello and piano

Eli Matthews, violin
Dane Johansen, cello
SERVAIS Grand Duo de Concert No. 2 sur des thèmes de Beethoven

All programs, artists, and prices are subject to change.

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