Cleveland Orchestra adding to stay in Miami

Posted on: February 6, 2012

In Sunday’s (2/5) Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Zachary Lewis writes, “Fear is what’s spreading as the Cleveland Orchestra expands in Miami. But the more appropriate emotion here would be gladness. For while the orchestra’s plans in South Florida evoke memories of a certain ballet troupe—or even a certain NBA star—lost to a warmer, flashier city, the Miami residency constitutes a completely different situation. In this case, growth elsewhere is actually good news, even to local listeners, who stand to benefit in the long run from a more stable, inspired institution. … Most concerning to Cleveland-based fans is word that the orchestra soon may be spending four weeks a year in Miami instead of three. Enough, said Bruce Coppock, managing director of the Miami residency, to label its programs a ‘season’ and justify the title ‘Cleveland Orchestra Miami.’ … What impact a fourth full week in Miami would have on the schedule at Severance Hall isn’t yet certain, but the additional time is likely to come in early December, when guest conductors usually lead the last subscription program of the year. … [Music Director Franz] Welser-Möst said more time in Miami will simply mean less time in Europe—specifically, in cities where the orchestra is not already in residence. Run-out concerts to domestic locations might also fall by the wayside.”

Posted February 6, 2012