Franz Welser-Möst made a striking claim recently on Slipped Disc: we have the youngest audience in the US – 20% is under the age of 25.
The Cleveland Orchestra has now published its end-of-year results,substantiating that assertion.
The results show average attendance at Severance Hall rose six percent in 2018 to 83 percent capacity. Among the seats sold, 18 percent went to college students or under-18s.
Tens of thousands more under-18s attended education concerts.
Financially, the orchestra reduced its deficit by two-thirds but still turned in an overspend of $1.3 million on a budget of $53 million.