We are sad to announce that CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra is canceling the “Beethoven in Jeans” concert series planned for May 7-10. While we would have loved to share this program with our audiences, the current public health situation and uncertainty over when public gatherings may become safe again have made it clear to us that this is the correct course of action. The health of our audiences and musicians is paramount, and we hope that all of you take the actions required to keep yourselves and your families safe.
CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra regretfully announces that we are postponing our 2020-21 Main Series of orchestral concerts. In the place of the Main Series we are expanding the Chamber Series and the Clurie Bennis Children’s Outreach Series.
This was a difficult decision, as the Main Series has always been the core of CityMusic’s work, providing unparalleled access to professional chamber orchestra performances in our local partner neighborhoods. Because these concerts are offered free of charge it is essential that we draw large audiences and collect free will donations to help fund the programs. With ongoing uncertainty about the spread of COVID-19 and the questionable advisability of large gatherings in the foreseeable future, unfortunately CityMusic is not able to assume the risk of planning for orchestra concerts that may not occur or may be only sparsely attended due to health concerns.
We have therefore decided to devote our limited resources going forward to our two other programs, the Chamber Series and the Clurie Bennis Children’s Outreach Series. These programs occur on a smaller scale, allowing us to be more nimble and make use of limited funding while still optimizing access to high-quality programming for local Cleveland residents.
The Chamber Series will be performed at Praxis Fiber Workshop in Collinwood and at the Fire Museum, located on the downtown Cleveland side of the Lorain Carnegie Bridge. Six free programs will be performed a both of these locations from October 2020 to May 2021.
The Clurie Bennis Children’s Outreach Series features unique and engaging cultural stories told through a mixture of music, puppetry, dance and visual arts. The series is performed at schools and libraries where children lack exposure to music and arts education opportunities.
We are incredibly grateful for the support that we have received this season and throughout the years from faithful audience members, business leaders and Cleveland’s wonderful local foundations. We could not have come this far without the support of our community, and we hope that you will continue to support CityMusic as we navigate a new chapter in a more uncertain world. Above all we hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy.
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