“South Florida can be a fickle place,” writes Zachary Lewis in Sunday’s (11/8) Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). “When it comes to the Cleveland Orchestra, however, the Magic City has proved remarkably faithful. On the eve of its 10th anniversary season in Miami, the orchestra is preparing to celebrate.… ‘The excitement didn’t go away,’ said Montserrat Balseiro, managing director of the orchestra’s Florida operation, now known as Cleveland Orchestra Miami…. Balseiro’s observation [is] supported by data such as attendance, ticket sales and gift-giving…. One clear sign of progress is [the] absence of the word ‘residency.’ … Instead, one hears terms such as ‘project’ and ‘presence.’ … In the decade since it burst onto the South Florida scene, the orchestra has forged ties all over the region…. The orchestra estimates it has appeared before at least 45,000 students.… In addition to four subscription programs under Giancarlo Guerrero and music director Franz Welser-Möst, the orchestra will present a gala, a reprise of the evening with soprano Renee Fleming held earlier this season in Cleveland.” Concerts in Miami this season take place on November 13 and 14; January 21 and 22; January 29 and 30; and March 17-19.
Posted November 9, 2015
Pictured: The Cleveland Orchestra rehearses at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts