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Haydn’s The Seasons

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Golda Schultz, soprano
Maximilian Schmitt, tenor
Alexander Dobson, bass-baritone
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus


Haydn’s oratorio "The Seasons" embraces the joy of human life and the best that each season offers — rich with evocations of the natural world, festive wine parties, hunting expeditions, and peasant dances, as well as imitations of nature, including thunderstorms and croaking frogs. Legend has it that Beethoven was in attendance at the premiere, and the young composer was so overcome by its power that he knelt in homage to Haydn.

NOTE  for January 20 (Saturday) performance:
On the advice of his physician, baritone Christian Van Horn is unable to sing this evening's concert.  We are grateful to Canadian-born baritone Alexander Dobson for stepping in on short notice to sing Haydn's
The Seasons, which is being presented in its entirety this evening.

NOTE for January 18 (Thursday) performance:
Both the tenor and baritone soloists are unable to sing this performance due to illness.  The concert will feature a shortened concert, with selections from Haydn's
The Seasons presented with commentary by Franz Welser-Möst.  Saturday's concert will be presented in full.

NOTE as of January 10:
The originally-announced baritone soloist for these performances, Thomas Hampson, was advised by his doctor to cancel his appearances due to illness. We are grateful to Christian Van Horn for agreeing to step in to sing this role.

At a Glance
HAYDN - The Seasons

Sung in German with projected English supertitles.

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Pre-Concert Talks

Free Concert Preview: 
"Seasons of Nature, Seasons of Life"
with Rose Breckenridge, 
     Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Groups administrator and lecturer

Severance Hall

Concert Previews are free to all ticketholders.  Previews are held prior to Cleveland Orchestra subscription concerts, beginning 1 hour before the performance.  This series is funded by a generous endowment gift from Dorothy Humel Hovorka.

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About the Music

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Severance Restaurant

Severance Restaurant at Severance Hall is operated by Marigold Catering and features contemporary American cuisine in an elegant setting.  The restaurant is perfect for a quick bite or leisurely dinner before the concert, or post-concert offerings on select evenings.

The restaurant is located on the street level of Severance Hall along East Boulevard. 

Pre-Concert Dining
       Pre-concert dinner service begins up to three hours before each Cleveland Orchestra evening concert.  Pre-concert luncheon service is offered before Cleveland Orchestra matinee concerts on Sunday afternoons.  

Post-Concert Offerings
      The Severance Restaurant is open for post-concert dining and desserts, with our full-service bar.  On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

Reservations are advised, especially for pre-concert dinner service.

For Severance Restaurant reservations, 
please call 216-231-7373 anytime,
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Before concerts and at intermissions, Severance Hall offers wine, beer, cocktails, other beverages, desserts and light refreshments at lobby bars in the Smith Lobby on the street level, in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer, and in the Kulas Dress Circle Lobby.

Pre-Order Intermission Drinks
     Intermission drinks can be ordered prior to the start of the performance at any bar location at Severance Hall.  Pre-order and pay, and your drink will be waiting for you at intermission.


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A variety of parking options are available for concerts at Severance Hall, including guaranteed pre-paid parking passes (purchased through the Ticket Office or via this website) for many but not all events.

The Case Western Reserve University Campus Center Garage is located directly adjacent to Severance Hall (parking entrance is off East Boulevard), with stair and elevator access to Severance Hall.  Event parking in the Campus Center Garage can be purchased for $11 per vehicle when space permits. However, the garage often fills up well before concert time and only patrons who purchase pre-paid parking passes are ensured a parking space. 

close croppedPre-Paid Parking for the Campus Center Garage can be purchased for many concerts in advance for $15 per concert by calling the Ticket Office or through this website.  Pre-paid parking guarantees you a space, but availability of pre-paid parking passes is limited.  

If you are purchasing online via this website, you will have the opportunity after selecting your concert tickets to add pre-paid parking (if pre-paid parking is available for your performance) to your order.  Please note that each pre-paid parking pass is for a specific date and concert).

If you have already purchased concert tickets, you can still purchase pre-paid parking online by locating the car icon at the top righthand side of this page.  The text with the icon will show you whether pre-paid parking is availble.  Click on the link.

Parking can also be purchased through the Ticket Office by calling 216-231-1111.

Limited additional event parking is available in the Case Western Reserve University Lot 1 off Euclid Avenue across from Severance Hall, or at the University Circle Lot 13A on Adelbert Road, and at the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking garage on East Boulevard.  Space at these lots may be particularly limited during weekday daytime hours.  Some on-street parking is also available, but often fills up well before curtain time.

For a printable map of parking areas surrounding Severance Hall, click here.

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