Strike out the band: Cleveland Orchestra not coming to Bloomington

January 18, 2010
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1/19 update: The Cleveland Orchestra reports that, while most residency events have been postponed at IU, the company's Music Director is in Bloomington working with students.


A long-planned residency by the Cleveland Orchestra at Indiana University Bloomington won't be happening this week, thanks to a walk-out by the famed company's musicians. The January 18-20 visit was to include a public concert, master classes, an orchestra management seminar and more. Here's what was planned.

Touring symphonies are rare these days--and such longer, educational residencies even rarer. Press materials from IU state that this would have been the first "world-renowned orchestra to visit Bloomington since 1991."

The loss is a big one for IU, although the New York Times reports that cancelled concerts at IU and elsewhere will be rescheduled.

Your thoughts?

  • Really?
    Too bad for IU and Bloomington. Hopefully they can get this excellent opportunity rescheduled.

    Lou said touring symphonies are rare these days - someone should tell Carmel this fact.
  • Heard Story on NPR Yesterday
    Heard the story of the Cleveland Orchestra on NPR driving home yesterday. Apparently the orchestra played a free concert for MLK on the weekend and then went on strike at midnight.

    Apparently, the orchestra and its staff took a pay cut last year and the only ones not to were the musicians. The orchestra's management is seeking a one-year 5% reduction, yet the union is balking at the idea.

    I think it will interesting to see how this plays out, particularly in a town hurt hard by the recession. I'm not sure the public will look too kindly to the situation. Not to mention, the NPR story revealed the average salary is in the low six-figures and that concert attendance has been decreasing.
  • Problem solved
    Shame the Cleveland Orchestra didn't get to go to Bloomington (and shame on them for that) - but they actually agreed to a new contract this afternoon and all is well... Hopefully they'll make it to IU soon.

    As for Cleveland - where I live and write this from - the town hasn't been hurt as hard by the recession as one might think... there was no great boom here in recent years - so no real bust... Factory jobs left years ago. Healthcare (Cleveland Clinic) is booming like pretty much no other place in the US... just steps from the Orchestra's home. Plus, the Cleveland Orchestra still has a $100 million endowment... pretty big as things go... despite, as everywhere this past year, an attendance decrease.. They'll be fine.

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