The Cleveland Orchestra

Boulez leading Cleveland Orchestra

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.

The Cleveland Orchestra announced the extension for Conductor Franz Welser-Most at its season opening on Saturday.

Welser-Most started with the orchestra in 2002 and the five-year extension will keep him there until 2027.

a photo of Blossom Music Center architect Peter van Dijk

Peter van Dijk, the renowned Cleveland architect who designed Blossom Music Center, died Sept. 7 at the age of 90. In a career spanning more than five decades, van Dijk designed some of Northeast Ohio’s most recognizable buildings.

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As the Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its 100th season this year, we take a look back at where the orchestra started and how it evolved into one of the finest in the country.

Fireworks over Blossom Music Center.
Roger Mastroianni / Cleveland Orchestra

The summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra is celebrating its 50th season this year. The schedule at Blossom features big names in classical music, Broadway and classic rock.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, June 5:

  • Summit County Sheriff's Office investigates death of an inmate;
  • Three female Cleveland Community Police Commission sue director;
  • Akron bar owner sues the city and police officers for 2016 raid;
  • Cleveland Orchestra's music director sits out summer kickoff;
  • Groups file singatures for two fall ballot issues;

Summit County Sheriff's Office investigates death of an inmate

The summer stage at Blossom will be without Franz Welser-Möst for at least the opening concert.
Andrew Meyer / WKSU

Correction:  This article originally misstated the start dates for the coming summer season for the Cleveland Orchestera. 

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced that Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will not be leading the opening concerts of the Orchestra’s summer season.

Peter van Dijk sits in an original Eames chair at his home in Cleveland.
Mark Arehart / WKSU

Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, is celebrating its 50th season this year. On this week’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Mark Arehart sits down with Peter van Dijk, the architect who designed Blossom.

I meet Peter van Dijk at his home in Cleveland. Several walls are filled with sketches he’s made throughout a life that can really only be described as fascinating.

photo of Amelia and Brandon Sommerville

For the seventh year in a row, the Cleveland Orchestra this fall will welcome kids under 18 to Severance Hall for free on some nights. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on how that’s changed the makeup of the orchestra’s audience – and how it could change the audience in the future.

photo of Franz Welser-Most conducting the Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season will be busy and challenging. In this week's Shuffle, classical music critic Zach Lewis says there's a lot to like, but there are also many uncertainties:

photo of Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra is turning 100 years old, and it’s planning concerts, tours, and educational programs to celebrate.

One of the season’s highlights will be a series of educational concerts and a two-week Beethoven festival, which will include all nine Beethoven symphonies. It’s being called The Prometheus Project.

According to Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from heaven to bring enlightenment to humanity. The myth inspired Beethoven’s only ballet, “The Creatures of Prometheus.”

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Roger Mastroianni / The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom

The Cleveland Orchestra has kicked off its Blossom season, and WKSU’s Vivian Goodman recently sat down with the orchestra’s artistic administrator Ilya Gidalevich for a preview of what’s yet to come. 

Music Director Franz Welser-Most led the orchestra last weekend in Beethoven's Heroic Symphony, but there is much more classical and popular music on tap through Labor Day weekend at the Cleveland Orchestra's summer home. 

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A world premiere tonight at the Cleveland Play House will feature live music by the Cleveland Orchestra.

The joint production is part of a festival of new plays and one of the few ever written for a combined effort by a theater group and a symphony  orchestra. In this week’s State of the Arts WKSU’s Vivian Goodman has a preview of “The Good Peaches.”   

A Remembrance of Pierre Boulez

Jan 7, 2016
Boulez leading Cleveland Orchestra

 Boulez made his American orchestra debut in Cleveland at the invitation of George Szell in March of 1965.

Four years later, Szell made him the orchestra’s first principal guest conductor, and after Szell’s death in 1970 Boulez served for two seasons in Severance Hall as musical advisor.

Last season, in celebration of Boulez’s 90th birthday, the Cleveland Orchestra presented a video about him, and Music Director Franz Welser Most paid tribute.

“Pierre Boulez is one of the most influential musical figures in the 20th century, definitely.”