Franz Welser-Most

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.

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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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, September 23: 

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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.
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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.

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The Cleveland Orchestra

Opera has been going more high tech in recent years to create an immersive experience and bring in new audiences. The Cleveland Orchestra next week stages an intricate production of "Pelléas and Mélisande."

For this week’s Shuffle, Plain Dealer classical music critic Zach Lewis says the orchestra is taking a much different approach to opera: 

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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.”