2021 Press Releases

Sept 7, 2021Severance Hall Covid-19 Health & Safety Updates for 2021-22 season

Proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative Covid-19 test required at Severance Hall concerts and events, face masks must be worn at all times, beginning September 15, 2021

Aug 23, 2021Mindful Music Moments now free for all Northeast Ohio Schools

Four-minute modules featuring mindfulness prompts and classical music performed by The Cleveland Orchestra brings calm and focus to every school day. Presented by The Cleveland Orchestra and created by The Well

Aug 10, 2021The Cleveland Orchestra’s Choruses announce audition dates

Auditions for Adult Choruses — Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus (for Holiday concerts) — in August. Youth Chorus auditions for high school students in August and September

June 14, 2021Stewart Copeland’s Police Deranged for Orchestra coming to Blossom Music Center on September 11

Legendary rock star and prolific composer Copeland will perform greatest hits of The Police on drums with The Cleveland Orchestra and guests. Available now: Special pre-sale to Cleveland Orchestra subscribers and donors, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and WNCX members. All tickets to this special Blossom Music Festival event on sale Thursday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m.

June 7, 2021The Cleveland Orchestra returns to Miami in 2022 for 15th year of its residency and concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leads works by Dvoƙák, Mozart, Shchedrin, Tchaikovsky, and Walker over two weekends in January 2022. Soprano Latonia Moore makes Cleveland Orchestra debut in George Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition Lilacs. Subscription renewal packages to be mailed in Fall 2021, individual tickets on sale in early September.

May 23, 2021The Cleveland Orchestra Announces 104th Season beginning in October 2021 at Severance Hall

This marks the 20th season of the Orchestra’s acclaimed partnership with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. Unprecedented number of new works (in order of appearance) include commissions from Joan Tower, Hans Abrahamsen, Bernd Richard Deutsch, and Thomas Adès; and premieres of music by Joan Tower, George Walker, Gabriella Smith, Carlos Simon, Lili Boulanger, Unsuk Chin, and Sofia Gubaidulina.

May 5, 2021The Cleveland Orchestra announces June programming and dates for final episodes of inaugural season of In Focus digital concert series

Season One concludes with two broadcast concerts available on-demand via Adella.live and the Adella digital streaming app. June 3: Celestial Serenades: features principal trumpet Michael Sachs and guest harpist Yolanda Kondonassis performing a new version of Aaron Jay Kernis’s Elegy . . . for those we lost, along with works for string orchestra by Kernis and Josef Suk.

May 3, 2021Individual tickets now on sale for 2021 Blossom Music Festival, presented by the J.M. Smucker Co.

Additional repertoire and guest soloists announced, including three more debuts and the return of music icons to Blossom Music Center. Soloists include Michael Sachs, Garrick Ohlsson, Michelle Cann, Benjamin Grosvenor, Stefan Jackiw, Behzod Abduraimov, Sayaka Shoji, and Jonathan Biss.

Apr 11, 2021The Cleveland Orchestra Announces 2021 Blossom Music Festival, Presented By The J.M. Smucker Co.

Beloved summer tradition returns for ten weeks of concerts and picnics at Blossom Music Center, the Orchestra’s summer home. Festival reunites the Orchestra and community through music, with a mix of audience favorites and rising star guest artists. Subscriptions on sale now, individual tickets available Monday, May 3. Under 18s Free, signature program of The Cleveland Orchestra, continues into its 10th season.

Apr 6, 2021The Cleveland Orchestra announces Eric and Jane Nord $1 million dollar gift and Matching Challenge fundraising campaign

All new and increased donations will be matched, dollar for dollar. Funds raised support general operating of The Cleveland Orchestra. The Cleveland Orchestra’s supporters have wonderful memories, share yours here.

Apr 2, 2021Franz Welser-Möst’s new book, From Silence: Finding Calm in a Dissonant World, to be published in the U.S. in May

Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst’s 2020 book, From Silence: Finding Calm in a Dissonant World, will be published for the first time in the English language by Clearview Books this May. View a video where Welser-Möst speaks about From Silence.

Mar 3, 2021The Cleveland Orchestra Announces Programming and Broadcast Premieres for April and May In Focus episodes on adella.live and Adella digital streaming app

Four new In Focus episodes are included with three featuring Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and one with Associate Conductor Vinay Parameswaran

Feb 8, 2021The Cleveland Orchestra announces honorees of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards

In an extraordinary year, honorees include eleven Northeast Ohio organizations and partnerships. Award given to individuals and organizations for extraordinary service to the Northeast Ohio community in the spirit of Dr. King. Video link available

Feb 3, 2021Due to Covid-19 health and safety concerns, the return of audiences to Severance Hall for concerts during March to June have been cancelled

A schedule of performances without audiences will continue during these months, to be filmed and presented free to subscribers as part of the Orchestra’s In Focus broadcast series on the Adella app and adella.live. March In Focus Episodes Programming and broadcast premieres announced. View a video message from André Gremillet, President & CEO of The Cleveland Orchestra

Jan 28, 2021The Cleveland Orchestra promotes Vinay Parameswaran to Associate Conductor, extending his contracts with the ensemble and as Music Director of Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra through 2021-22 season

Effective immediately, The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the promotion of Vinay Parameswaran to the position of Associate Conductor and the extension of his contracts. The agreement continues Mr. Parameswaran’s tenure with the Orchestra through the 2021-22 season.

Jan 14, 2021Cleveland Orchestra Updates for February 2021: In Focus bonus episodes on adella.live and Adella digital streaming app

February 11: Sonata & Serenade featuring Mitsuko Uchida in recital and The Cleveland Orchestra performing Mozart. February 25: In Recital: Alisa Weilerstein Plays Bach

Jan 7, 2021Announcing details of 41st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Events will take place virtually, with video and audio performances presented on the Adella streaming app and website, social media, radio, and TV