Cleveland Orchestra

photo of Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra

A record 257 arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County will share nearly $12-million-worth of funding from a cigarette tax this coming year.  Who gets what was announced in a public meeting last night.  But not everybody is celebrating. Those tax revenues are on a steady downward trend.

The Cleveland Orchestra is getting about a 26 percent cut in funding due to dwindling cigarette sales.  Speaking for the Musical Arts Association which governs the Orchestra, David Hooker said the cut took his organization by surprise.

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 28th:

Pelléas and Mélisande
The Cleveland Orchestra

Opera has been going more high tech in recent years to create an immersive experience and bring in new audiences. The Cleveland Orchestra next week stages an intricate production of "Pelléas and Mélisande."

For this week’s Shuffle, Plain Dealer classical music critic Zach Lewis says the orchestra is taking a much different approach to opera: 

Moffitt with drummers

The Cleveland Orchestra lifts the baton this weekend on the finale of a summer-long cultural collaboration.

“The Cleveland Orchestra at Home in Hough” has brought the inner-city neighborhood a series of workshops, summer camps and classical concerts. In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports that the neighborhood residency includes Hough’s own talented residents.