Strike out the band: Cleveland Orchestra not coming to Bloomington

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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