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
Additional and new @Home with The Cleveland Orchestra content available online for music-lovers of all ages, including digitally-streamed live concerts coming this fall
Orchestra looks forward to returning in 2022

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra announced today the cancellation of its scheduled 2021 Miami residency in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County due to the continuing coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. The cancellations include four performances at Knight Concert Hall scheduled for January 2021, prelude concerts, and all related education presentations and activities.

“The ongoing and evolving crises of recent months has affected all of us and challenged everyone to address what is truly an unprecedented level of uncertainty for the future” said André Gremillet, President & CEO of The Cleveland Orchestra. “In light of the current circumstances, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Orchestra’s residency in Miami in January 2021. This cancellation is for The Cleveland Orchestra concerts presented in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, due to the highly likely inability for the Orchestra to travel to South Florida in January. While we are deeply disappointed The Cleveland Orchestra won’t be performing in Miami this coming season, I am glad to share that our subscribers and donors will be able to stay connected with the Orchestra directly from their homes through a series of digitally-streamed live concerts from Severance Hall in Cleveland. As a special thank you for their support, subscribers and donors will receive free access to these streamed concerts. Details about this series of Cleveland Orchestra concerts and how to access them digitally will be shared in September.”

The Cleveland Orchestra is planning to return to Miami in January 2022 to resume its longstanding partnership with the Arsht Center and serve our loyal patrons in South Florida. In the meanwhile, we look forward to sharing our music online with our South Florida audience, as during these troubled times, our music is needed more than ever.

The Cleveland Orchestra continues to expand its online offerings by providing music-lovers with new and inventive ways for connecting with the Orchestra, no matter where you live. @Home with The Cleveland Orchestra is a series of programs created for people of all ages, featuring TCO Classics collection of free, on-demand concert recordings from the Orchestra’s archives; On a Personal Note podcast, which offers intimate and illuminating perspectives from inside classical music; Mindful Music Moments meditations with Cleveland Orchestra recordings; and a variety of educational initiatives and resources through Learning@Home with The Cleveland Orchestra.

For details of the canceled Cleveland Orchestra 2021 residency in Miami concert dates, please see the Program Information section below.

@Home with The Cleveland Orchestra

@Home with The Cleveland Orchestra is a series of online offerings providing new or expanded ways for people to connect with The Cleveland Orchestra and each other through experiences that bring music and the Orchestra to you, no matter where you are, including special Learning@Home resources for families. These offerings include radio and online broadcasts of Cleveland Orchestra concerts seven days a week in collaboration with WCLV ideastream, TCO Classics series of free on-demand concert recordings, On a Personal Note podcast (created in partnership with Digital River Media), Mindful Music Moments mediations with Cleveland Orchestra recordings, performance and education videos by Cleveland Orchestra musicians from their homes, and Learning@Home with The Cleveland Orchestra – a series of education resources for children, educators, parents and families offering a variety of ways to introduce others to music. For more information visit,

Free online educational resources
Through online resources and videos, educators and music-lovers in Cleveland, Miami, and around the world can learn about The Cleveland Orchestra and its instruments. Among the online offerings:

The PNC Music Explorers web series gives students, teachers, and families a fun-filled opportunity to discover the instruments of the Orchestra one at a time. With lively and friendly hosts Major Scale and Ranger Rhythm, young people ages three-to-six (and their families) will explore how the instruments make their sound, what they’re made of, and other unexpected fun facts. Watch the series on The Cleveland Orchestra’s YouTube channel and at this link:

A Learning Through Music Library of lesson plans and activities for parents and educators that combine music and reading for students pre-K through fifth grade is here: A Video Collection of learning resources including lessons and performances by Cleveland Orchestra musicians, musical maps based on classical tunes, musical storybooks and more can be found here:

Ticket Exchange, Donation or Refund Information
To exchange cancelled tickets for a gift certificate, donate them for a tax credit or to receive a refund, please contact the Arsht Center Box Office at 305-949-6722 or 877-949-6722. The cancellation is for The Cleveland Orchestra 2021 concerts only, presented in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Please contact the Arsht Center box office for information and plans for all other performances scheduled at the Arsht Center throughout 2020-21. 2020 subscribers’ seats will be held for the 2022 concerts and renewal information will be sent to you before the 2021-22 concert season.

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.

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. 

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

All education performances at the Arsht Center for students in the Miami-Dade County Public School District, including the Orchestra’s Music Explorers program and coaching with students of Coral Reef High School, have also been canceled.

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
DVOƘÁK A Hero’s Song [Heldenlied]

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