Cleveland Orchestra Schedules Local and International Performances to Celebrate Centennial
No orchestra has done more to foster an appreciation of classical music among Northeast Ohio’s youngest residents, including by creating the Center for Future Audiences. Today, more than 40,000 children per year attend concerts at Severance Hall, the orchestra’s home since 1931.
“With the great legacy that this orchestra has, part of it is that you don’t rest on your laurels,” says Welser-Möst. “When you look at an orchestra that has been recognized as the best in the country, you have to look for new challenges.”
Founded in 1918 by impresario Adella Prentiss Hughes and the Musical Arts Association, the Cleveland Orchestra quickly rose to prominence, playing its first concert at Carnegie Hall in 1922, and making its national radio broadcast debut the same year.
The orchestra has been nominated for 31 Grammy Awards and won eight. In 1963, Time magazine named it one of the top five orchestras in the United States, and the New York Times in 2015 called the orchestra “the finest in America.”