The Cleveland Orchestra onstage at its home, Severance Hall.

In Friday’s (6/23) Cleveland Jewish News, Courtney Byrnes writes, “The Cleveland Orchestra will make its Israel debut Oct. 23 through Oct. 28, with three performances during its 54th international tour … The tour, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and supported by a $1 million matching gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, will include performances in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The visit aligns with Israel’s 75th anniversary and will make The Cleveland Orchestra the first American orchestra to visit Israel since 2018…. Prior to the performances in Israel, the orchestra will spend a week from Oct. 18 to Oct. 22 in Austria, with two performances in Vienna and Linz. The tour’s concert programs will include music by Mahler, Mozart and Prokofiev with baritone Simon Keenlyside performing songs by Mahler … While in Tel Aviv … the Orchestra’s musicians and staff will also work with local students, musicians and community members, facilitating cultural and educational exchange. It will include performances for school groups in Cleveland’s sister city of Beit Shean, workshops for young musicians, master classes and coaching with students from conservatories … and more.”