Orchestra 19 explores the popular orchestral, military and harmonie works of the 19th century. O19 will utilize professional musicians of AFM Local 4 using period or appropriate instruments and technique. O19 will share the unique instruments and interpretation with audiences, students, and the community to give a fresh experience to this popular repertoire.


Music of the 19th century is among the most popular, beloved, and performed music in the “classical” repertoire.  Orchestra 19 will be a new American – and new Cleveland – vehicle for the performance and enjoyment of this repertoire.  The ensemble will explore the instruments and performance practices of the 19th century, focusing on the balance and timbres of the period, not to attempt authenticity, but for a 21st century audience to enjoy anew.  O19, with its own inventory of wind instruments from the period, providing performance opportunities to highly qualified Northeast Ohio musicians, both those who’ve invested in their own period instruments and those wishing to explore this music from a fresh perspective.

With John Rautenberg, Associate Principal Flute (retired), Cleveland Orchestra

With John Rautenberg, Associate Principal Flute (retired), Cleveland Orchestra

Orchestra 19 gave its premiere performance on October 14, 2016 featuring John Rautenberg on traverse flute and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. O19 gave its second performance on October 14, 2017 with a concert featuring the wind serenades of Strauss, Dvorak, Hartmann and Gounod.

The orchestra is currently filing 501(c)(3) non-profit paperwork in preparation for a season launch in 2019. In the mean time, your tax-exempt donations will gladly be accepted at the following address:

Orchestra 19
c/o American Federation of Musicians - Local 4
3631 Perkins Avenue
Suite 4c North
Cleveland, OH 44114-4705