The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates 100th year with jam-packed weekend performances

Posted at 6:33 AM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 10:39:40-04

The Cleveland Orchestra has been educating and dazzling the people of Cleveland since 1918.

Over the last 100 years, people have flocked to Severance Hall to hear, what The New York Times called ‘America’s Best Orchestra.'

Going into their 100th season this year, the orchestra has planned to usher into their new era by rededicating themselves to the community, financially and by educating the cities next generation of composers and musicians.

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Their sixteen-year collaboration with acclaimed conductor Franz Welser-Möst continues, and under his direction, the orchestra aims to keep appealing to a newer audience of music fans.

Between the concerts at Severance Hall and those held at Blossom Music Center, the Cleveland Orchestra has seemingly mastered becoming accessible for everyone, regardless of where they live in northeast Ohio.

This accessibility is something that is very important to Andre Gremillet, executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra.

“We believe that this orchestra speaks to everyone, is meaningful to everyone in different ways and it doesn't matter if you know that music well or not it will speak to you’, said Gremillet. 

To kick off their centennial the orchestra will have two major performances this weekend. One will be an education concert for Cleveland Public School students that is in partnership with the Cleveland School of the Arts. ‘Beethoven & Prometheus: A Hero’s Journey’, was the conceptualized idea from Welser-Möst and is a long time project finally coming to life.

On Saturday night, the centennial season officially opens up with The Cunning Little Vixen. First premiering two years ago back in 2014, The Cunning Little Vixen has an innovative set display that involves animation and continues to captivate audiences. Tickets are still on sale, the show begins Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.