Social Good Spotlight: OPUS 216 and Classical Revolution Cleveland

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Welcome to Sangfroid Strategy’s new series spotlighting Northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations doing the hard work to adapt their programming and continue to deliver their social good during these uncertain times. Here we asked nonprofits to share positive and innovative ways they are adapting their programming to align with the need for social distancing, while still delivering a benefit to their constituents. Unsurprisingly, all of these groups have had to move business online, cut costs and find new ways to connect with their patrons and donors. Still, they’re all managing to survive and thrive.

OPUS 216 and Classical Revolution Cleveland

Like nearly every musical group in Northeast Ohio, all of Classical Revolution Cleveland and OPUS 216’s scheduled concerts were canceled or postponed amid coronavirus concerns. But that doesn’t mean the organizations’ director Ariel Clayton Karas has given up on reaching out to the community.

“I’ve begun offering private concerts via Zoom, and have actively reached out to Cleveland Clinic and other healthcare/senior living facilities to create remote programs for patients/caregivers,” the violinist tells Sangfroid Strategy.

This last weekend’s set of Zoom concerts were reportedly an immense success, but the hard work isn’t done. 

Classical Revolution Cleveland, which usually hosts a monthly show at Happy Dog, among many other out-of-the-norm-for-classical-music locales, works to bring classical music to the masses, while OPUS 216 is a local classical music ensemble.

Many of the musicians in these groups overlap and many are currently without work. Yet, in a recent Facebook post, Classical Revolution Cleveland, shared a video of their quarantine version of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” for free, just to lift people’s spirits.  “We are all in this together, and we know Cleveland’s music community will thrive again soon, and our time to share music we love will return,” the post read.

Visit their website or their Facebook page to stay connected, and contact for more information about setting up a Zoom concert.

Do you have a story about how a local nonprofit had adapted their programming to continue to spread benefit to our community? Submit your story today!

Sangfroid Strategy helps organizations learn from where they’ve been, figure out where they want to go, and map out what they need to do to get there. We are experts when it comes to helping organizations build resiliency and move through difficult times and navigate complex situations. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation.

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