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
Pianist Yuja Wang will perform Rachmaninoff on January 22 and 23
Residency includes education activities and performances for Miami-Dade County School students
Concert packages go on sale in April 2020, single tickets in September
Under 18s Free and Arsht Center UTIX for students continues in 2021

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced details of the 15th year of its Miami residency in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, which includes concerts as well as education and community programming. Concerts will take place across two weeks in January 2021, featuring Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leading Schubert’s Symphony No. 6, Dvorak’s A Hero’s Song [Heldenlied], Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Yuja Wang, as well as Mozart’s Divertimento No. 10 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2. Details of these programs are included below. All concerts take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center’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 for The Cleveland Orchestra under the artistic leadership of Welser-Möst includes The New York Times calling the ensemble “American’s most brilliant orchestra” and “one of the finest ensembles in the country (if not the world),” 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 2020, with savings of 15% on two concert packages.  Additional ticket information is listed below.

“The Cleveland Orchestra is deeply committed to inspiring audiences of all ages through the power and passion of music,” says André Gremillet, Cleveland Orchestra President and CEO. “We are honored to be enriching lives around the globe with our music — whether in Tokyo, Vienna, or Cleveland — and we are thrilled to be announcing another season of great music for this wonderful Miami community. In addition to the concerts, The Cleveland Orchestra remains devoted to sparking a love of music in the minds and souls of young people through a wide range of education programs and initiatives. Since the beginning of our residency 15 years ago, we’ve presented free daytime concerts for students of the Miami-Dade County Public School District — engaging them with memorable performances, onsite coaching, mentorships, and special music programs.  Over that time, our commitment to South Florida has inspired nearly 45,000 students who’ve attended free Cleveland Orchestra in Miami Education Concerts at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall.”

Concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center
On January 22 and 23, Franz Welser-Möst continues his exploration of lesser known works by Schubert with the Symphony No. 6, which displays charming, energetic melodies alongside tranquil tunes. Also featured is Rachmaninoff’s passionate Piano Concerto No. 1, with fiery keyboard passages and sumptuous orchestral melodies performed by Yuja Wang, a virtuosic and captivating pianist described by The New York Times as a “star pianist [who] has built her reputation on breathtaking mastery.” The concerts conclude with Dvořák’s A Hero’s Song, an energetic symphonic poem that vividly illustrates an emotional range from despair to triumph.

On January 29 and 30, Franz Welser-Möst conducts concerts that include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 — a score that represents the composer at his most optimistic, featuring joyous quotes of Ukrainian folk music. Also on the program is Mozart’s Divertimento No. 10 (for two horns and strings), K.247, a playful work written for strings and two French horns, with music that features a range of sonic textures — from a delicate minuet to a brilliant finale.

Prelude Concerts
Prelude Concerts with members of The Cleveland Orchestra performing in chamber ensembles will take place one hour before the start of the concerts on January 22, 23, 29, and 30. These performances are free of charge to audience members attending each evening’s concert. Details of the repertoire and musicians will be announced later in 2020.

Education Concert and Activities
For the 15th year, in partnership with the Arsht Center, the Orchestra will present education performances at 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 Explorers” programs to very young students from Miami area schools, introducing them to instruments of the Orchestra one at a time, and participate in coachings with high school students at MDCPSD’s Coral Reef High School. Additional details will be announced later in 2020.

Under 18s Free
Under 18s Free continues for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Miami on January 22 and 23, and January 29 and 30. 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. Also, Arsht UTIX provides $25 tickets to a selection of the shows performed at the Arsht Center, including Cleveland Orchestra concerts, details are at

Ticket Information
Two-concert packages starting at $72 are on sale in April 2020 at a savings of 15%. Individual tickets go on sale in September 2020. 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 the Dr. M. Lee Pearce Foundation, Inc.; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Batchelor Foundation; The Kirk Foundation; and Ver Ploeg and Marino.

Programs, artists, ticket prices, dates and times are subject to change. Visit for up-to-date information.

About The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami
The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami residency was launched in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center in January 2007 during the Center’s inaugural season. Over the course of 14 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.

Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world, setting standards of extraordinary artistic excellence, creative music-making, and community programming.  The New York Times has declared it “the best in America,” “one of the finest ensembles in the country (if not the world),” and “America’s most understatedly amazing orchestra” for the group’s virtuosity, humility, self-confidence, elegance of sound, variety of color, and chamber-like musical cohesion.  Having celebrated its 100th birthday year in 2018, The Cleveland Orchestra is making its mark as a decidedly 21st-century ensemble, dedicated to serving its hometown and the art of music with focused traditions and innovative initiatives.

Strong community support from across the ensemble’s home region is driving the Orchestra forward with renewed energy, increasing the number of young people attending concerts, and bringing fresh attention to the Orchestra’s legendary sound and committed programming — including programming that regularly juxtaposes older and newer musical works in standard concerts and festival settings, including annual opera presentations.

As The Cleveland Orchestra looks to the future, it strives to be build community through music, removing barriers to participation, nurturing the next generation of musicians and audience members, and harnessing the life-changing power of music to make the world a better place. 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 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 for more information.

Program Information
The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami 2021 Concerts

Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff

Miami, Florida
Knight Concert Hall,
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Friday, January 22, 2021, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 6
RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK  A Hero’s Song [Heldenlied]

Fiery keyboard passages, heart-wrenching tunes, and sumptuous orchestral melodies abound in Rachmaninoff’s passionate first piano concerto. Celebrated for her combination of charismatic artistry, technical virtuosity and captivating stage presence, critical superlatives and audience ovations have continuously followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career, and her performances of Rachmaninoff are not to be missed.

Mozart and Tchaikovsky

Miami, Florida
Knight Concert Hall,
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Friday, January 29, 2021, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 30, 2021, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

MOZART  Divertimento No. 10 (for two horns and strings), K.247
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 2

Featuring a pairing of works by two popular composers—Mozart’s delightful and playful Divertimento is musically much more than a mere “diversion” and was likely composed for a musical soiree where Mozart himself would have performed.  Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony is the composer at his most optimistic, and this symphony abounds with joyous quotes of Ukrainian folk music.

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