Cleveland Orchestra slashes 2018 Arsht residency with no explanation to Miami
Despite previous denials that it was planning to shut down its Miami residency, the Cleveland Orchestra is cutting its 2018 Arsht Center concerts in half with no explanation given to the media or to its Miami audiences.
The orchestra, which is playing its final Arsht concerts of this season tonight and tomorrow, will perform just two programs in an abbreviated 2018 season. Music director Franz Welser-Möst will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on January 26 and 27 and an all-Beethoven program February 2 and 3 (Symphonies Nos. 5 and 8 and the Coriolan Overture).
Rumors have been swirling for months that Cleveland Orchestra is on the verge of shuttering its Arsht residency due to its expense and a decline in Miami financial support. Last December, the orchestra announced a $2.4 million budget deficit, and it has reportedly lost the support of several deep-pocket Miami donors.
When asked about those reports several weeks ago, the Cleveland Orchestra’s director of public relations Justin Holden denied any knowledge about the orchestra reducing its Miami commitment and said that they are preparing their future seasons “as usual.”
The Cleveland Orchestra’s brief press release about its 2018 Miami season contains no statement or explanation about why the orchestra has shortened its season or even any acknowledgement that it is doing so. Nor is there any indication about the future of the residency beyond next season–only canned platitudinous statements about the success of the orchestra’s Miami residency by Welser-Most, Cleveland Orchestra executive director André Gremillet and Arsht vice-president of programming Liz Wallace.
Neither the Cleveland Orchestra nor the Arsht Center responded to requests for a statement about the status of the orchestra’s Miami residency or the reason why the season has been cut in half. “I don’t have anything to add,” said Holden, the orchestra’s director of public relations.
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