PHOTO | Roger Mastroianni / The Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra anniversary concert to be broadcast across PBS in 2019

By Marissa Nichol

The Cleveland Orchestra is accustomed to performing before audiences at home and abroad, but a recently announced partnership involving an upcoming concert is poised to extend its reach even further.

In association with ideastream, “Great Performances,” a leading performing arts TV series, will record the orchestra’s 100th Anniversary Gala Concert on Sept. 29 at Severance Hall in Cleveland for an exclusive U.S. broadcast scheduled to air on PBS in 2019.

“ideastream has a long and storied history of partnering with The Cleveland Orchestra to share the outstanding work of Cleveland’s musical ambassadors through television, radio and digital platforms,” said Kevin Martin, president and CEO of ideastream, in a news release. “We are grateful to the donors of the ideastream Campaign for Community. Their investments make possible this new collaboration with ‘Great Performances,’ which will give local, national and international audiences a chance to hear ‘The Cleveland Sound’ as The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its 100th birthday.”

For the Anniversary Gala, Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Möst will lead a program featuring pianist Lang Lang as soloist. The program will offer works of more than a century of Viennese musical traditions with Lang’s performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24.

“As The Cleveland Orchestra is about to celebrate its 100th birthday in December 2018, this special television broadcast of our Anniversary Gala concert represents a great opportunity to showcase the Orchestra and its unique partnership with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst,” said Cleveland Orchestra executive director André Gremillet in a news release. “We are delighted to share with the world some of the superb musical experiences we are so proud to offer our Cleveland audience every week in our beautiful Severance Hall.”

The annual gala provides essential funding for The Cleveland Orchestra’s education and community programs that share music with people throughout Northeast Ohio.

Individual concert tickets are available now starting at $51 for subscribers and will be available to the general public in August. For more details and ticket information, visit cv

Lead image: PHOTO | Roger Mastroianni / The Cleveland Orchestra