The Cleveland Orchestra announced on October 2 that its music director, Franz Welser-Most, has extended his contract until 2022, reaching beyond the Orchestra’s centennial season (2017-2018) and, at the end of 20 years, becoming its second longest-serving music director after George Szell.
The Orchestra noted that Welser-Möst is looking forward to increasing the institution’s emphasis on education and community engagement.
Describing the special qualities of the region, Welser-Möst said, “We have a highly sophisticated audience in Northeast Ohio…whose enthusiasm for their hometown orchestra is matched by their understanding of the work and support needed to maintain such an ensemble.”
Of the orchestra itself, Welser-Möst said, “I love the spirit of The Cleveland Orchestra, and there is no greater joy for me than collaborating with these musicians. Their collective dedication to excellence at every performance is inspiring and humbling.”