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Strike out the band: Cleveland Orchestra not coming to Bloomington

January 18, 2010


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.

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