Cleveland Orchestra suspends plans to perform in Severance Hall in Jan./Feb., moves programing to app

Posted on: December 11, 2020

A video of the Cleveland Orchestra’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert, led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, will be available on the orchestra’s Adella streaming app starting January 14, 2021.


“Due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Ohio and the prediction that the trend will continue in early 2021, the Cleveland Orchestra said Thursday it has suspended all plans to welcome limited audiences back to Severance Hall until early March,” writes Zachary Lewis in Thursday’s (12/10) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “This year, in lieu of the orchestra’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert, the orchestra will use its Adella streaming app to replay the live program from 2018. That year, music director Franz Welser-Möst conducted an array of gospel and traditional works [with] narrator James Pickens, Jr., bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus, under the direction of William Henry Caldwell…. The [free] concert will go live … Jan. 14, and remain available to all until … April 14…. The orchestra’s fifth ‘In Focus’ subscription series program … titled ‘Musical Patterns’ and filmed Dec. 4 and 5, will appear … Jan. 28 and remain available until April 28…. It will feature assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran conducting works by Glass, Pärt, Bach, and Adams, with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin and associate concertmaster Jung-Min Amy Lee as soloists. ‘Musical Patterns’ also will appear on the Adella app.”