5 Awesome Facts about The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra is lauded as one of the best orchestras in the world, and lucky for us, their music is easy to experience all over NEO.

As the Cleveland Orchestra marks its centennial year, we wanted to share five interesting facts about the Orchestra that you might not have known: 

1. The Orchestra Can Be Found All Over the Region

Regionally, The Cleveland Orchestra divides its time between Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center. They also travel all over the world.

Severance Hall has stunned eyes and ears since it opened in Cleveland’s cultural mecca – University Circle, in 1931. Recipient of the Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the landmark features one of the finest concert hall organs ever built, the Norton Memorial Organ.


Photo Credit: © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

This year, the Cleveland Orchestra is celebrating Blossom Music Center’s 50th season with a special Blossom Music Festival of beautiful music in a bucolic setting. While Severance Hall offers an incredible indoor acoustic experience, the orchestra takes this outdoors in the warmer months. Head over to Summit County’s Blossom Busic Center for magnificent music under the stars.

Photo Credit: © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

2. The Orchestra is Age- Appropriate – And Sometimes even FREE for Children

The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to making its music accessible to families. The Orchestra’s “Under 18s Free” program extends free tickets to attendees under 18 years old for all concerts in the Blossom Music Festival, as well as select concerts at Severance Hall.

  • The Cleveland Orchestra offers family concerts, through the PNC Musical Rainbows shows, designed for ages 3-6 years old, and the American Greetings Family Concerts, designed for ages 7-12 years old.
  • The Orchestra also offers three free performances throughout the year, as part of its commitment to the community: the Star-Spangled Spectacular Concert in downtown Cleveland and the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert and the MLK Community Open House, both at Severance Hall.

The Orchestra performs for 60,000 local children each year for free, and it’s their goal that every child in Greater Cleveland to be reached by music. 

Photo Credit: © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

3. Only 6 of the Orchestra’s 100+ Musicians are from Ohio

The Cleveland Orchestra’s community of musicians come from all walks of life and all over the world. There are currently 101 members of the Cleveland Orchestra, which will increase to 103 members in the 2018-2019 season.

  • All of the musicians make Cleveland their permanent home. Six members of the current Orchestra were born or raised in Ohio and many members studied at music conservatories in Ohio, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
  • Members of the Orchestra come from countries all over the world to this church buildings, including Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, and more.

READ ALSO: The Cleveland Orchestra’s 100th Anniversary- A Century of Excellence. An Extraordinary Future

4. The Cleveland Orchestra Has the Lowest Operating Budget of all 7 other Orchestras of Its Size

The Cleveland Orchestra is a non-profit organization, sustained by community memberships and volunteers. From The Circle, the Young Professionals of the Cleveland Orchestra, to annual donors to Friends of the Cleveland Orchestra that volunteer their time, this iconic institution is sustained through community support.

Photo Credit: © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

5. Globally, ‘Cleveland‘ is Synonymous with Orchestra

According to Franz Welser-Möst, the orchestra’s conductor/ music director, it’s widely known that if you want to make the best music possible, one of the best places for musicians to live in Cleveland.  “The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918.  Over the ensuing decades, the Orch­estra quickly grew from a fine regional organization to being one of the most admired symphony orchestras in the world. (clevelandorchestra.com)” 

As the Cleveland Orchestra celebrates 100 years of making beautiful music in Cleveland, there are more reasons than ever to give them a standing ovation!


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