The 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 Dvořák, 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

Residency includes education activities and performances for Miami-Dade County School students

Under 18s Free for students continues in 2022

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, education initiatives, and community programming. Concerts at the Arsht Center will take place across two weeks, on January 21 and 22, and January 28 and 29, 2022.

The Miami residency occurs during a season in which the Orchestra is expanding the scope of programming with new works and voices, while deepening its relationships with core repertoire and artistic collaborators. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will lead four performances featuring symphonic masterworks by Dvořák, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky as well as rarely heard orchestral music of Rodion Shchedrin and George Walker.

“Following a most challenging year, we are eager to return to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and share once again live music with our Miami community in 2022,” says André Gremillet, President and CEO of The Cleveland Orchestra. “In addition to our evening concerts, The Cleveland Orchestra remains devoted to introducing music to young people in Miami through a range of education programs. Since the beginning of our residency in 2007, we’ve presented free daytime concerts and education programs to nearly 56,000 Miami-Dade County Public School District students — engaging with them through performances, coaching, mentorship opportunities, and special music programs. The Cleveland Orchestra is deeply committed to inspiring audiences of all ages through the power of music.”

Details of these performances and 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.

In 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic The Cleveland Orchestra did not travel to Miami for its annual residency. Seats for 2020 subscribers were held for the 2022 concerts and renewal information will be sent in Fall 2021.

Praise for The Cleveland Orchestra under the artistic leadership of Welser-Möst has come from The New York Times, which called the ensemble “American’s most brilliant orchestra” and “one of the finest ensembles in the country (if not the world).” The Wall Street Journal stated that the Orchestra is “magnificent;” and The Los Angeles Times deemed the Orchestra “spectacular.”

Two-concert subscriber renewal packages starting at $72.00 will be mailed in Fall 2021 at a savings of 15%. Individual tickets go on sale in early September. Additional ticket information is listed below.


Concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center

On January 21 and 22, Franz Welser-Möst leads performances of dramatic music by two Russian composers, in which each poured out his heart and exposed his soul. Shchedrin’s Carmen-Suite (complete ballet music for percussion and string orchestra), a brilliant adaptation of Georges Bizet’s opera, is a love letter to his dancer wife, prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, who performed the title role. This will be paired with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, into which the composer cathartically distilled his passions.

Franz Welser-Möst also leads performances on January 28 and 29, featuring soprano Latonia Moore making her Cleveland Orchestra debut in George Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition Lilacs (for voice and orchestra). Walker was the first African-American composer to win the prestigious award, setting Walt Whitman’s poetic elegy for Abraham Lincoln to music. Lilacs is bookended by Mozart’s elegant and dazzling Symphony No. 36 “Linz”, and Dvořák’s joyous and bucolic Symphony No. 8.

Education Concert and Activities

For the 15th year, in partnership with the Arsht Center, the Orchestra will present education performances led by Associate Conductor Vinay Parameswaran at the Arsht Center for students in the Miami-Dade County Public School District (MDCPSD) at Knight Concert Hall on January 20 and 27. 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. During the pandemic, the Orchestra’s virtual education programs reached nearly 6,000 Miami area students. Additional details of 2021 activities and programs will be announced later in 2021.

Under 18s Free

Under 18s Free continues for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Miami at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall on January 21 and 22, and January 28 and 29. 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.

Subscription and Ticket Information

Two-concert subscriber renewal packages starting at $72.00 will be mailed in Fall 2021 at a savings of 15%. Individual tickets go on sale in early September. In 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic The Cleveland Orchestra did not travel to Miami for its annual residency. Seats for 2020 subscribers were held for the 2022 concerts. To purchase concert packages, contact the Arsht Center Box Office at 305-949-6722, 877-949-6722, or visit clevelandorchestramiami.com.

Programs, artists, ticket prices, dates and times are subject to change. For up-to-date information visit our Seasons & Series page.

The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami extends sincere gratitude to The Dr. M. Lee Pearce Foundation, Inc. for their leadership support of In Focus and digital concerts presented on Adella.live in 2020-2021.

The 2022 Cleveland Orchestra in Miami season is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Additional thanks to the following supporters whose generosity brings the music to life in Miami:

The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.
The Boston Consulting Group
Irma and Norman Braman
The Clinton Family Fund
Martha and Bruce Clinton
Mr. John Couriel and Dr. Rebecca Toonkel
The Cowles Charitable Trust
Cuda Booster Club
Mary Jo Eaton
Joseph Z. and Betty Fleming
Patti Gordon
Alfredo and Luz Maria Gutierrez
Mary and Jon Heider
Richard Horvitz and Erica Hartman-Horvitz Foundation
The Kirk Foundation
Barbara S. Robinson
Michael and Chandra Rudd
Drs. Michael and Judith Samuels
Donna E. Shalala
Sidney Taurel and Maria Castello Branco
Ver Ploeg & Marino


Additional South Florida Performance in West Palm Beach

As part of its time in Southern Florida in 2022, The Cleveland Orchestra will perform in West Palm Beach at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, January 23. The program is Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 “Linz” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. For information about tickets, visit the Kravis Center website at kravis.org.


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. Since 2007, The Cleveland Orchestra has presented free daytime concerts and education programs to nearly 56,000 Miami-Dade County Public School District students — engaging with them through performances, coaching, mentorship opportunities, and special music programs. 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.

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 clevelandorchestra.com.


About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is committed to welcoming and connecting ALL people to the arts, to the Arsht Center and to each other. Our stages are alive year-round with artists from around the world, innovative programming from our resident companies and local arts partners, free community events that reflect Miami’s unique identity and arts education experiences for thousands of Miami children each year.

Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has been recognized as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area, a leader in programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, a host venue for historic events and Miami’s hub for arts education.

Each year, we serve more than 50,000 young learners and offer more than 100 culturally diverse and inclusive education programs — many enhanced by the Arsht Center’s relationship with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, local teaching artists and Miami-based arts organizations.

The Arsht Center is also a home stage for three resident companies — Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony — and a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage. Our 300+ events each year include the Center’s Signature Series of classical, jazz, Broadway, local theater and much more. We present a robust series of touring Broadway musicals direct from New York, the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival and an award-winning Miami-based theater program. In addition, our Family Fest, Free Gospel Sundays, CommuniTEA LGBTQ+ celebration and Heritage Fest are among dozens of free events that bring together people from all corners of our community. For more information, visit arshtcenter.org.

Program Information: The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami 2022 Concerts

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Knight Concert Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Miami, Florida

Friday, January 21, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

SHCHEDRIN Carmen-Suite (complete ballet music for percussion and string orchestra)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

Passionate Music, Passionate Lives. This concert offers two dramatic works in which each composer poured out his heart and exposed his soul.

Tchaikovsky sought refuge in music when his life was in disarray — he entered into a disastrous marriage that only lasted six weeks. Nearly mad with passion, he poured out his feelings into his Fourth Symphony and the act of writing the music itself helped to rebalance his sanity — saying of the finale, “rejoice in the happiness of others, and you can still live.”

Bizet’s colorful and flamboyant opera Carmen, with its eye-popping portrayal of on-the-street living filled with smoking, fighting, and drinking women, scandalized Parisian audiences but became wildly famous for its music and emotional intensity. Franz Welser-Möst offers a different look at this beloved work through a brilliant arrangement for string orchestra and percussion, created as a ballet score by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin for his dancer wife, prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. The intense passions of this famously tune-filled opera are revealed in unexpected detail across thirteen movements, just begging you to dance.


Mozart & Dvořák Knight Concert Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Miami, Florida

Friday, January 28, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Latonia Moore, soprano (Cleveland Orchestra debut)

MOZART Symphony No. 36 “Linz”
WALKER Lilacs (for voice and orchestra)
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8

Music for lovers of the natural world. Dvořák was a gardener, and loved to roam through the fields and woods surrounding his home in southern Bohemia. The tone of his Eighth Symphony is one of bucolic euphoria, the sheer joy of being alive in a world of natural wonders, filled with birdcalls and dance tunes.

The performance opens with Mozart’s Linz Symphony, widely regarded as one of his great mature symphonies. Mozart and his wife Constanze were passing through Linz while travelling from Salzburg to Vienna when they were invited by an old family friend, the Count Thun-Hohenstein, to stay for several days and give a concert. Mozart was unprepared, so he composed this symphony in six days, and the resulting work is Mozart at his best — wittily elegant and dazzling. Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Lilacs is a setting of a poem by Walt Whitman, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd,” a poignant elegy to President Abraham Lincoln.


All programs and artists are subject to change.