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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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Several of Cleveland’s most well-known arts institutions are adapting operations to connect with people during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cleveland hip-hop artist and mental health advocate Archie Green is taking his message to new audiences. His project, My Violin Weighs A Ton, aims to bridge the gap between the inner city and classical music.

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.

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Attendance was up and the deficit was down for the Cleveland Orchestra in 2018. The Orchestra has outlined how it needs to improve in coming seasons. 

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The Cleveland Orchestra has fired two of its star musicians following accusations of sexual misconduct — including with multiple students — that have come to light in recent months. The two men are William Preucil, the Orchestra’s concertmaster and lead violinist, and Massimo La Rosa, its principal trombonist.

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has suspended Massimo La Rosa, head of the school's trombone department, pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving La Rosa.

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The Cleveland Orchestra and Baldwin Wallace University officially launched a joint residency program at the college’s annual Arts Innovation Summit. A panel of experts discussed challenges facing orchestras across the country.

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For the second time in as many months, the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra has suspended one of its musicians amid an ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

On Saturday, the Cleveland Orchestra suspended its principal trombone player, Massimo La Rosa.

Without giving specifics, an orchestra spokesman said the suspension was part of an ongoing investigation, one that stemmed from allegations involving another one of its musicians, violinist and Concertmaster William Preucil.

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People who live near Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls may soon have some relief from traffic caused by concerts with a new city-issued car pass.

Blossom had previously issued passes that would hang from rearview mirrors, alerting deputies that they should let nearby residents proceed around traffic to get home.

Susie Vanaman lives just a few yards from the Northampton Road entrance, and says the old passes don’t always work that way.

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The Cleveland Orchestra hired a law firm to investigate allegations of sexual assault by its star violinist, William Preucil.

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Musicians have certain nightclubs and concert halls where they love to play. Sometimes it’s the look, the feel and the history. But what’s even more essential is the sound. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia finds out more in this week’s “Shuffle.”

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ROGER MASTROIANNI / CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

The Cleveland Orchestra's concertmaster, William Preucil, is no longer a teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Preucil resigned this weekend, two days after the Washington Post published a story detailing sexual assault allegations against him. 

Preucil tendered his resignation from the music school one day after the Cleveland Orchestra suspended him pending an investigation.

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ROGER MASTROIANNI / CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

The Cleveland Orchestra is suspending its concertmaster, William Preucil, a day after the Washington Post published a story in which the renowned violinist is accused of sexually assaulting his student in 1998. 

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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.

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

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