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The Cleveland Orchestra postpones IU residency, concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 19, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Cleveland Orchestra has postponed most of the Indiana University residency scheduled to begin this evening (Jan. 19), which would have culminated in a public concert on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 8:00 p.m. at the IU Auditorium.

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The concert and many residency activities have been postponed due to a work stoppage by the musicians of the orchestra. While most of the educational activities will not be taking place, the planned IU Philharmonic reading with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will proceed as scheduled at the Musical Arts Center at 4 p.m. today (Jan. 19), lasting until 6:00 p.m. This event is open and free to the public.

An "artWORKS" arts administration seminar is also planned for students in the Jacobs School of Music and Arts Administration students in SPEA and will be led by Cleveland Orchestra General Manager Gary Ginstling.

"It is unfortunate that The Cleveland Orchestra will not be making its scheduled visit to Bloomington this week for what would have been an extraordinary multidisciplinary IU residency and historic concert at IU Auditorium," said IU Auditorium Director Doug Booher. "Hopefully, the musicians and management will soon find common ground, so that the IU and Bloomington communities can experience their immense talent."

Representatives of the musicians and orchestra management continue negotiations. Within the next 48 hours, additional information will be provided regarding a rescheduled performance date and/or how ticketholders can obtain a refund.

"We are grateful to the musicians and the management for their extensive efforts towards the Indiana University residency," said Gwyn Richards, dean of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. "We send them our best wishes for productive discussions in the days ahead that will result in a lasting resolution, and we look forward to realizing their residency in Bloomington in the near future."