Cleveland Orchestra's extension of Miami connections is nothing for local-based fans to fear
Posted February 05, 2012 in Articles
Author: Zachary Lewis, Plain Dealer Reporter
Fear is what's spreading as the Cleveland Orchestra expands in Miami. But the more appropriate emotion here would be gladness.
For while the orchestra's plans in South Florida evoke memories of a certain ballet troupe -- or even a certain NBA star -- lost to a warmer, flashier city, the Miami residency constitutes a completely different situation.
In this case, growth elsewhere is actually good news, even to local listeners, who stand to benefit in the long run from a more stable, inspired institution.
"Turning our back on Cleveland is an idea I cannot even grasp," said music director Franz Welser-Most in a recent interview at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. "It seems impossible."