Andre Gremillet

Cleveland Orchestra Cancels Summer Events

May 8, 2020
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The Cleveland Orchestra has canceled all performances scheduled for this summer, due to COVID-19 health concerns for both audience members and musicians. 

The 2020 Blossom Music Festival, plus a series of summer concerts at Severance Hall and the annual Star Spangled Spectacular downtown are the latest cancellations as the pandemic continues. Orchestra CEO Andre Gremillet said he’s “cautiously optimistic” about returning in the fall, but even then the audience will probably be limited.

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COVID-19 and the widespread impact of the pandemic is hitting the Cleveland Orchestra hard, forcing temporary layoffs and pay cuts.

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The Cleveland Orchestra is temporarily laying off 40 people throughout the organization and reducing salaries for remaining staff. The orchestra joins several other local cultural organizations making cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The reductions come two weeks after the orchestra canceled the rest of its spring season. CEO André Gremillet said the goal is to share the pain fairly.

Cleveland Orchestra CEO Looks Ahead To 2020

Nov 8, 2019

ENCOURAGING NUMBERS: The Cleveland Orchestra will start 2020 on firmer financial footing. The orchestra issued its annual report earlier this week, showing a balanced budget and growing base of patrons. CEO Andre Gremillet was particularly proud of the audience numbers.

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Music is big business in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Orchestra commissioned a study to determine just how big.

It found the orchestra’s activities at Severance Hall and concerts at Blossom Music Center – which it owns – generated more than $135 million in spending in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The orchestra’s President and CEO Andre Gremillet says he wants to increase that impact in the coming years.

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The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual report shows the organization has taken a significant financial hit over the past year.