The Cleveland Orchestra returns to Miami in 2019 for the thirteenth 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 Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Education Activities include performing for Miami-Dade County School students

In February, Soprano Barbara Hannigan makes her U.S. conducting debut performing as soloist while conducting a range of works by Sibelius, Berg, and Gershwin

Concert packages go on sale in late March 2018, single tickets go on sale in September

Under 18s Free continues in 2019

Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Orchestra has announced details of its 13th year of its Miami residency, which includes concerts as well as education and community programming. Concerts will take place across two weeks in January and February 2019, with the first weekend featuring Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leading a Mahler symphony, followed a week later by guest artist Barbara Hannigan singing and conducting a program featuring works by Haydn, Debussy, Sibelius, Gershwin, and Berg.  All four evening 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,” “… bold, brave, even radical…” and The Wall Street Journal stating that the Orchestra is “… magnificent.”

Subscription packages for the Miami series will be available for purchase beginning in late March 2018.  Additional ticket information is listed below.  

“This annual series of concerts for our Miami residency, presented in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, offers the South Florida community performances by one of the world’s most-acclaimed symphony orchestras — in Miami’s own world-class concert hall,” says André Gremillet, Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director. “In every city we perform, we celebrate the music-loving communities and the many people who believe in the power of music to change lives.  Here in Miami, we are excited to continue and build on our efforts across the past dozen years to offer extraordinary musical experiences and to inspire future generations through the power and passion of music. As in years past, our 2019 residency in Miami includes performing for Miami-Dade County Public School students in Knight Concert Hall, as well as presenting programs in Miami area schools, and an ongoing partnership with the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.”

Concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
On January 25 and 26, Franz Welser-Möst conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony premiered in 1895 and nicknamed the “Resurrection” Symphony.   In this powerful work, Mahler reflects on the meaning of life and death, and of humanity’s unending search for eternal meaning.  “The poet Goethe said immortal things on this subject,” Mahler wrote, referring to humanity’s place in the universe.  “What I want to say I am naturally only able to express fully in music. . . That is what has been given to me and for that I will be called to account.”  The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and acclaimed international soloists soprano Joélle Harvey and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke join the Orchestra. For biographical information about Ms. Harvey and Ms. Cooke, please see these links: and

On February 1 and 2, the Orchestra is joined by guest conductor and soprano soloist Barbara Hannigan, and principal flute player Joshua Smith is featured as soloist in Debussy’s “Syrinx.” Ms. Hannigan is making her U.S. conducting debut with these performances in Miami. She will conduct Haydn’s Symphony No. 86 and then lead and sing Sibelius’s hypnotically challenging tone-poem Luonnotar.  To close the program, she sings (and conducts) the gripping, psychologically-charged Suite from Alban Berg’s opera Lulu, followed by an indescribably fun-filled suite of music from George Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Suite. To view a performance of Ms. Hannigan performing Girl Crazy Suite, see this link: Ms. Hannigan won a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Album recording. Biographical information on Ms. Hannigan is available at this link:

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 February 1 and 2. These performances are free of charge to audience members attending each evening’s concert.  Details of the repertoire and musicians performing will be announced later in 2018.

Education Concert and Activities
For the 13th year, the Orchestra will co-present an education performance with the Arsht Center for students in the Miami-Dade County Public School District (MDCPSD) at Knight Concert Hall. These dynamic and engaging concerts introduce students to live, orchestral music – a first-time experience for most. Orchestra musicians will also present “Music Explorer” programs to very young students in Miami area schools, introducing them to the instruments of the Orchestra one at a time; participate in coachings with high school students at MDCPSD’s Coral Reef High School; take part in new music readings with composition students at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, and visit the after school program at Coconut Grove Care’s Barnyard. Additional details will be announced later in 2018.

Under 18s Free
“Under 18s Free” continues for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Miami on January 25 and 26, and February 1 and 2. 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 March 2018. Single tickets go on sale in September. To purchase concert packages, contact the Arsht Center Box Office at 305-949-6722, 877-949-6722, or visit

The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami is made possible in part through generous support from Miami-Dade County.

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 12 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.” 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 César 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 25, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Joélle Harvey, soprano
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

MAHLER  Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”)

Miami, Florida
Knight Concert Hall
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Friday, February 1, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Barbara Hannigan, conductor / soprano
Joshua Smith, flute

DEBUSSY  Syrinx (for solo flute)
SIBELIUS  Luonnotar, Opus 70 *
HAYDN  Symphony No. 86
BERG  Suite from Lulu *
GERSHWIN  Girl Crazy Suite (arranged by Bill Elliott)*

*Barbara Hannigan will conduct and sing

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