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The Cleveland Orchestra returns to Miami in 2020 for the fourteenth year of its residency and series of concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leads works by Prokofiev and Mahler over two weekends in January 2020

Education Activities include performing for Miami-Dade County School students

Concert packages go on sale in late April 2019, single tickets go on sale in September

“Under 18s Free” continues in 2020

Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Orchestra has announced details of the 14th year of its Miami residency, which includes concerts as well as education and community programming. Concerts will take place across two weeks in January 2020, featuring Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leading Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Act III & IV, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 2, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.  Details of these programs are included below. All concerts take place 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,” The Wall Street Journal stating that the Orchestra is “… magnificent.” and The Los Angeles Times calling the Orchestra “…spectacular…”

Subscription packages for the Miami series will be available for purchase beginning in late April 2019.  Additional ticket information is listed below.  

“As The Cleveland Orchestra continues into our Second Century, we remain committed to a singular mission – sharing extraordinary musical experiences with audiences of all ages,” says André Gremillet, Cleveland Orchestra President and CEO. “We believe in the power of music to inspire and bring people together, to enrich cities from all around the world that truly value culture — from Tokyo to Beijing, Paris to Vienna, and Cleveland to Miami. In addition to performances in concert halls, The Cleveland Orchestra has always stayed true to its original mandate as an educational resource, by reaching out in order to touch the lives of young people. Every year since 2007 we’ve presented free daytime fieldtrip concerts for Miami-Dade County Public School District students, and we continue to engage students throughout MDCPSD with school-site coachings, mentorships and special music programs. Our deep commitment to Miami is not only to our loyal audience, but also to the students of this vibrant community. Over the years, nearly 45,000 students from Miami-Dade public schools have attended free Cleveland Orchestra in Miami Education Concerts at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s Knight Concert Hall.”

Concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

On January 17 and 18, Franz Welser-Möst conducts two works by Sergei Prokofiev, the Symphony No. 2 and Romeo and Juliet – Act III & IV. Prokofiev’s sumptuous ballet music for Romeo and Juliet beautifully underscores the tenderness of young love amidst violent tragedy like no other representation of William Shakespeare’s classic play. Prokofiev’s rarely performed Symphony No. 2 is, in the composer’s words, described as a “symphony of iron and steel," which reflects the menacing style of the work. 

January 24 and 25, Franz Welser-Möst conducts Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Mahler himself called his Fifth Symphony a “foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound.” It begins simply, with a lone trumpet fanfare and quickly explodes into a passionate, thrilling musical soundscape. The Adagietto is known as the single most famous piece by Mahler — Leonard Bernstein played it at John F. Kennedy Jr.’s funeral, and it is liberally used in the soundtrack of the classic Italian/French dramatic film Death in Venice.

Under 18s Free
“Under 18s Free” continues for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Miami on January 17 and 18, and January 24 and 25. The Orchestra’s signature and innovative program developed in Northeast Ohio and extended to Miami in 2013, “Under 18s Free” continues to develop young audiences by making attending Orchestra concerts affordable for families, offering free tickets to young people, 17 and under.

Ticket Information
Two-concert packages starting at $70 are on sale in late April 2019. Single tickets go on sale in September 2019. To purchase concert packages, contact the Arsht Center Box Office at 305-949-6722, 877-949-6722, or visit clevelandorchestramiami.com.

The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami is made possible in part through generous support from the Dr. M. Lee Pearce Foundation, Inc.; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs; and The Batchelor Foundation.

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 13 seasons, The Cleveland Orchestra has served the Miami-Dade community 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, and now in its Second Century of musical excellence, The Cleveland Orchestra is acknowledged as one of the world’s best orchestras, with The New York Times declaring it the “best in America.” 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 clevelandorchestra.com.

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 400 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, a major annual Flamenco Festival, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 60,000 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 arshtcenter.org for more information.


Program Information

Miami, Florida
Knight Concert Hall
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Friday, January 17, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 2
PROKOFIEV  Romeo and Juliet – Act III & IV


Miami, Florida
Knight Concert Hall
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Friday, January 24, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

MAHLER  Symphony No. 5


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