The Cleveland Orchestra announced Monday that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the orchestra will not have ticketed, live audiences in Severance Hall in Cleveland from March to June as originally planned. The decision was made in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic to ensure the health and safety of musicians, staff, volunteers and guests.
“Until recently, we had been optimistic that we could welcome audiences back to live performances at the beginning of March. However, with uncertainty around case numbers, the introduction of new virus variants and extended vaccination schedules, we have concluded that we must make different plans for the months ahead,” President and CEO André Gremillet said in a release.
The orchestra’s “In Focus” broadcasts will continue to stream online at Adella.live and the Adella app. Details about new broadcast episodes of the streamed concerts for April through June, created from performances filmed at Severance Hall without audiences, will be announced later this winter and spring.
The streamed episodes are offered free to subscribers for the 2020-21 season and donors of $300 or more. “In Focus” broadcasts for March are “Carmen-Suite” March 11 and Lyrical Cello March 25.
In some good news, the orchestra said it will announce a 10-concert season at Blossom Music Center for July and August.
“Looking ahead, in the coming weeks, we plan to announce a concert season at Blossom Music Center this summer. Ten concerts in July and August will feature the Cleveland Orchestra onstage and be open for limited capacity, socially distanced audiences,” Gremillet said.
Later in the spring, the orchestra also plans to announce an in-person 2021-22 season at Severance Hall, which will begin in the fall.
Subscribers and ticket-buyers for the originally planned concerts from March through June, including “John Williams Conducts,” originally scheduled for April 26, may donate their tickets back to the orchestra, apply their balance to a 2021-22 subscription or receive a refund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-231-2111.
Williams is expected to be rescheduled to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra at a later date. Original ticket holders will be given a priority presale opportunity to buy tickets to a rescheduled concert.