2020 Press Releases

Dec 16, 2020 Beginning December 17 The Cleveland Orchestra offers holiday cheer with new and archival recordings for free on Adella digital app and www.adella.live

A special visual album “Home for the Holidays with The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus” features newly-recorded and archival performances, made possible by CIBC. Historic broadcast of the Orchestra’s 1984 Christmas Concert “A Symphony in Celebration.” In addition, Episode 4 of the Orchestra’s new “In Focus” series features Christmas selections for free viewing through January 6.

Dec 10, 2020 Cleveland Orchestra Updates: January and February 2021 Severance Hall performances postponed

The Cleveland Orchestra’s 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert free as part of the In Focus series on Adella starting January 14. In Focus Episode 5, Musical Patterns, premieres January 28 on Adella premium. The Orchestra plans to have limited audiences back in Severance Hall March to June.

Dec 8, 2020 The Cleveland Orchestra’s Education & Community Engagement Programs continue amid ongoing pandemic

Program updates for 2020-21 season. Throughout the summer, Orchestra musicians performed for community members across Northeast Ohio and the Orchestra expanded online resources for families and children. Free educational, family-friendly videos to be released during the 2020-21 season.

Nov 23, 2020 Cleveland Orchestra musicians share the healing power of music through video performances in Music Medicine Initiative

Concert videos filmed at restaurants, shops, Cleveland Clinic, and iconic locations throughout Greater Cleveland will be released weekly on social media starting November 23rd.

Nov 18, 2020 Update: The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2020 Christmas Concerts to be canceled due the continued rise of positive cases of Covid-19 in Northeast Ohio

Today, The Cleveland Orchestra announced the cancellation of the 2020 Christmas concert series at Severance Hall December 10-23, 2020 due to the recent and continued rise of positive cases of Covid-19 across the state in order to maintain the health and safety of audiences, musicians, staff and volunteers.

Oct 8, 2020 The Cleveland Orchestra: In Focus first concert premieres October 15

The Cleveland Orchestra’s video streaming service, Adella, which is named after the ensemble’s founder and first general manager, Adella Prentiss Hughes, is available now via https://adella.live and coming soon to app TV services (Roku, Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, Chromecast, smart TVs), smartphones, tablets by searching for “Adella”.

Sep 7, 2020 “The Cleveland Orchestra: IN FOCUS” Fall 2020 Fact Sheet & Program Calendar

The Cleveland Orchestra: IN FOCUS is a new, original series of digital concerts performed at Severance Hall that music-lovers around the world will have the ability to stream on-demand across a variety of platforms, including through their smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, Xbox, and by visiting the Orchestra’s new Adella website or by downloading the Adella app.

Aug 27, 2020 Second season of acclaimed podcast, On a Personal Note, launches September 1

Ten new episodes go behind the scenes to explore music’s emotional depth and impact, taking listeners on journeys that are both powerful and personal

Aug 20, 2020 Third edition of TCO Classics available on August 20

New Summer Nights collection highlights the Orchestra’s most memorable presentations across its first half-century at Blossom Music Center

Aug 18, 2020 The Cleveland Orchestra releases Second Recording in 2020

Features Schubert’s last symphony paired with a modern work by Ernst KÅ™enek, both recorded in March 2020 just as the coronavirus was shuttering performances around the world.

Aug 12, 2020 The Cleveland Orchestra announces cancellation of 2021 Miami Residency at Adrienne Arsht Center for The Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Cancellations due to Covid-19 include four Orchestra performances at Knight Concert Hall, prelude concerts, and all related in person education presentations and activities

Jul 16, 2020 Second edition of TCO Classics available on July 16 — a selection of recordings available for free on-demand streaming

New collection centers around acclaimed Prometheus Project, the Orchestra’s 2018 festival in which Franz Welser-Möst examined Beethoven’s music through the metaphor of Prometheus

Jun 18, 2020 TCO Classics launches on June 18 — a selection of concert recordings available for free on-demand streaming

Series offers audio recordings from across six decades of the Orchestra’s extensive live performance archive

May 8, 2020 Cancellation of summer concerts at Blossom Music Center and Severance Hall

2020 Blossom Music Festival and 2020 Summers@Severance seasons cancelled; two movie programs at Blossom are rescheduled to 2021 Festival season; 2020 Blossom Lawn Ticket Books will be valid for 2021 Festival; other tickets can be exchanged for future credit

Apr 16, 2020 Debuting new podcast “On a Personal Note” — a new, weekly series of stories told in words and music

Ten episodes go behind the scenes to explore music’s emotional depth and impact, taking listeners on journeys that are both powerful and personal

Apr 5, 2020 Announcing The Cleveland Orchestra's 103rd Season

76 concerts at Severance Hall over the course of 26 weeks, featuring 15 conductors, and 47 soloists, including 17 guest artists making their Cleveland Orchestra debuts; Music Director Franz Welser-Möst continues focus on rediscovering symphonic music of Prokofiev and Schubert

Apr 3, 2020 New ways to hear and experience The Cleveland Orchestra

Additional WCLV 104.9 ideastream broadcasts, now on radio and online seven days a week; Musician performances and education content on the Orchestra’s social media channels / website

Mar 24, 2020 Cancellation of April and May 2020 Cleveland Orchestra concerts and activities due to concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19)

Severance Hall closed to the public through the end of May; Regularly scheduled WCLV Classical 104.9 Cleveland Orchestra broadcasts available on radio and online Saturdays and Sundays; Free Educational Content Available Online for Children and Families

Mar 13, 2020 Announcing The Cleveland Orchestra's own label this spring, with inaugural recording “A New Century” featuring six musical works conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst

Deluxe box set released on June 5 and now available for pre-order

Mar 12, 2020 Cancellation of March 12, 13 and 14 Cleveland Orchestra concerts due to concerns of coronavirus (COVID-19)

“The Cleveland Orchestra has been closely monitoring the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as the proactive approach taken by the State of Ohio in aggressively addressing the spread of the virus,” said André Gremillet, President & CEO of The Cleveland Orchestra.

Mar 9, 2020 The Cleveland Orchestra will not travel to Europe and Abu Dhabi for March/April Tour

Today, Monday, March 9, The Cleveland Orchestra announced that due to ongoing developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Orchestra will not travel to Europe (Linz, Vienna and Paris) and Abu Dhabi for the ensemble’s previously announced tour scheduled to take place during the next several weeks.

Mar 8, 2020 Announcing 2020 Blossom Music Festival, presented by The J.M. Smucker Company

Concert programs include “something for everyone”

Mar 8, 2020 Announcing three-concert Summers@Severance series for July & August

Conductors Herbert Blomstedt, Michail Jurowski, and Thierry Fischer return to Severance Hall, plus The Cleveland Orchestra’s own Joela Jones performs Saint-Saëns

Feb 19, 2020 Presenting groundbreaking opera in May 2020 as the centerpiece of Censored: Art & Power

Renowned singer-actress Barbara Hannigan stars in Alban Berg's opera Lulu portraying a femme fatale’s harrowing life of politics, sex, and betrayal

Feb 13, 2020 Announcing auditions for Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra for 2020-21 season

Application deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020

Feb 11, 2020 Education & Community Engagement Program Updates for 2019-20 Season

Cleveland Orchestra deepens engagement with Neighborhood Partners through new and expanded offerings; Events and programs tailored to each Neighborhood Partner location: Hough, Gordon Square, Lakewood, and Slavic Village

Jan 24, 2020 The Cleveland Orchestra returns to Miami in 2021 for the fifteenth 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 Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky over two weekends in January 2021

Jan 12, 2020 Announcing Four Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award Winners

The Cleveland Orchestra announces its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award winners: Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Margaret Mitchell, Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, and Betty Pinkney

Jan 6, 2020 John Williams to conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in program of his music on April 26, 2020

Iconic American composer John Williams will conduct the Orchestra at Severance Hall in a special one-night-only program featuring music from his celebrated film scores