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Under 18's Expansion

The Cleveland Orchestra welcomes more families and young people with a significant expansion of the “Under 18s Free” program at Severance Hall “Under 18s Free” in the 2013-14 season will include all family programming, and Cleveland Orchestra concerts on Fridays and Sundays 2013-14 Family Concert Series, PNC Musical Rainbows programs, and Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Chorus concerts announced Release date: August 12, 2013

CLEVELAND – Committed to welcoming more young people and families, The Cleveland Orchestra will significantly expand the “Under 18s Free” program in the 2013-14 season to include 46 concerts from September to May, an increase from 14 “Under 18s Free” concerts in 2012-13.  “Under 18s Free” tickets will be available for all family programming at Severance Hall, along with Cleveland Orchestra concerts on Fridays and Sundays.  The concerts include the Family Concert Series; PNC Musical Rainbows programs; Cleveland Orchestra Friday Matinee, Friday evening (including KeyBank Fridays@7), and Sunday afternoon concerts; and Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus concerts. 

“We’re dedicated to serving more people in our community.  The expansion of our ‘Under 18s Free’ program will provide access to more than three times as many performances for families and young people next season,” said Gary Hanson, the Orchestra’s Executive Director.

Since the launch of the Center for Future Audiences in 2010, 55,975 young people have attended concerts at the Blossom Music Festival and at Severance Hall.  “Under 18s Free”, Student Advantage, and Student Ambassadors programs are all part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences.  The Center, created with a lead endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation, was established to fund programs to develop new generations of audiences for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Northeastern Ohio.

2013-14 Family Concert Series
Three Family Concert Series will take place during the 2013-14 season, in October, April, and May.  The 2013-14 programs are:  “Tchaikovsky Discovers America” with Classical Kids Live, professional actors who utilize period costumes, props, and theatrical lightning to enhance fully staged productions; “The Mozart Experience” with Magic Circle Mime Co., a duo of mimes who unite the concert orchestra with far-out visual theater; and “The Composer is Dead,” a mystery designed to introduce young people to the instruments of the orchestra with text by Lemony Snicket and music by Nathaniel Stookey.  In addition to the performances, the Family Concert Series also includes free pre-concert activities, which begin one hour before each performance, and include Instrument Discovery, where children can individually try out instruments of all kinds.
      Family Concert Series are sponsored by The Giant Eagle Foundation.

2013-14 PNC Musical Rainbows programs
The Cleveland Orchestra’s PNC Musical Rainbows programs are a fun way for children ages 3-6 to learn about instruments of the orchestra, one at a time.  Energetic host Maryann Nagel leads the 30-minute programs, singing, clapping, and moving to the music with children while Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, and demonstrate their instruments. 
      The Cleveland Orchestra's PNC Musical Rainbows programs are sponsored by PNC and endowed by the Pysht Fund.

2013-14 Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus Concerts
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is a full symphonic ensemble comprised of approximately 100 young musicians drawn from 38 communities in 11 counties across Northern Ohio. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO) provides serious young music students of middle- through high- school age with a unique pre-professional orchestral training experience.

Youth Orchestra members are coached regularly by Cleveland Orchestra musicians.  Youth Orchestra members also have opportunities to meet and work with world-renowned guest artists and conductors appearing with The Cleveland Orchestra.  Newly appointed as Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor and COYO Music Director, Brett Mitchell makes his debut in the 2013-14 season.

The Youth Orchestra presents three concerts annually in Severance Hall and three or more community performances in the greater Cleveland area.  COYO performs annually with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, providing students of both ensembles experience with a broader repertoire. 

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus was founded in 1991 to raise awareness of choral music-making in the schools of northeastern Ohio and to encourage more students to continue their choral activities through college and into adulthood. The 120 members of the Youth Chorus are in grades 9 to 12 and represent some 40 schools and communities.  The director is Lisa Wong, and the assistant director is Daniel Singer.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is supported by generous grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and The Surdna Foundation.  The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is supported by the Edward & Ruth Wilkof Foundation.

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“Under 18s Free” Tickets are available for all Family Concert Series, PNC Musical Rainbows programs, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus Concerts, and Friday matinee, evening (including KeyBank Fridays@7),  and Sunday matinee Cleveland Orchestra Concerts
The “Under 18s Free” program offers free tickets (one per regular-priced adult paid admission) to young people ages 7-17. The free tickets for Severance Hall concerts eligible for this program must be purchased through the Severance Hall Ticket Office.  Holiday concerts and Celebrity Series concerts are excluded from the “Under 18s Free” offer.

2013-14 Family Concert Series at Severance Hall:

Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 3 p.m.
“Tchaikovsky Discovers America”
The Cleveland Orchestra
Classical Kids Live!

Music and drama are magically intertwined in this story-concert about the great composer's arrival in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891.  A surprise encounter with a young American girl reveals much about Tchaikovsky - his life in Russia, his love of music, and his fear of conducting.  Music is woven into drama as two actors recreate historical events from the composer's life against a backdrop of more than twenty-five excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s music, including passages from The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, the “1812” Overture, and more.

 

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3 p.m.
“The Mozart Experience”
The Cleveland Orchestra
Magic Circle Mime Co.

A mischievous street musician is caught playing the orchestra’s grand piano.  Much to her surprise, the conductor does not scold her but instead offers her the chance to "be Mozart" for this program about one of the most famous composers of all time.  The street musician and her prankster companion lead the audience on a musical adventure that reveals the story of Mozart’s life and his musical genius.   The program includes excerpts from some of the genius’s most famous works, including Eine kleine Nachtmusik, The Magic Flute, Overture to Don Giovanni, Symphony No. 41, and more.

 

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
“The Composer is Dead”
The Cleveland Orchestra
Words by Lemony Snicket, Music by Nathaniel Stookey
Nathaniel Stookey, narrator

There's dreadful news from Severance Hall—the composer is dead!

The musicians are most certainly guilty of something. Where were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously?  Everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. Join the Inspector as he interrogates all the unusual suspects in a concert based on the book by Lemony Snicket with the music of Nathaniel Stookey, which highlights the four families of instruments.

 

2013-14 PNC Musical Rainbows programs:

Friday, October 11 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, October 12 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The Triumphant Trumpet
Jack Sutte, trumpet
Maryann Nagel, narrator
Laura Silverman, piano

 

Friday, NOVEMBER 8 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, NOVEMBER 9 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The Funtastic Flute
George Pope, flute
Maryann Nagel, narrator
Laura Silverman, piano

 

Sunday, DECEMBER 1 at 12:30 p.m.
Music of Chanukah at The Temple - Tifereth Israel
Carolyn Gadiel Warner, violin and piano
Stephen Warner, violin
Kathryn Wolfe Sebo, cantor

 

Friday, DECEMBER 13 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, DECEMBER 14 at 11 a.m.
Christmas Brass Quintet
Jack Sutte, trumpet
Michael Miller, trumpet
Hans Clebsch, horn
Richard Stout, trombone
Kenneth Heinlein, tuba
Maryann Nagel, narrator

 

Friday, JANUARY 10 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, JANUARY 11 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The Cheerful Cello & Vibrant Violin
Bryan Dumm, cello
Molly Fung, violin
Laura Silverman, piano
Maryann Nagel, narrator

 

Friday, MARCH 7 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, MARCH 8 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The Cool Clarinet
Robert Woolfrey, clarinet
Maryann Nagel, narrator
Laura Silverman, piano

 

Friday, MAY 16 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, MAY 17 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.                                          
Heavenly Harps
Trina Struble, harp
Jody Guinn, harp
Maryann Nagel, narrator

 

2013-14 Friday and Sunday Cleveland Orchestra Concerts at Severance Hall:

Friday, SEPTEMBER 20 at 7 p.m.
Fabio Luisi, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano

KeyBank Fridays@7

BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”)
SCHUMANN  Symphony No. 1 (“Spring”)

 

Friday, SEPTEMBER 27 at 11 a.m.
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor – Severance Hall debut
Kirill Gerstein, piano

TCHAIKOVSKY  Piano Concerto No. 1
PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 3

Friday, SEPTEMBER 27 at 8 p.m.
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor – Severance Hall debut
Kirill Gerstein, piano

LIADOV  Eight Russian Folk Songs
TCHAIKOVSKY  Piano Concerto No. 1
PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 3

 

Sunday, OCTOBER 13 at 3 p.m.
Marek Janowski, conductor
Matthew Polenzani, tenor
Richard King, horn

FAURÉ  Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
BRITTEN  Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings – FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
FRANCK  Symphony in D minor

 

Friday, OCTOBER 18 at 11 a.m.
Jakub Hrůša, conductor
William Preucil, violin

DVOŘÁK  Violin Concerto
JANÁČEK  Taras Bulba

 

Friday, OCTOBER 25 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 4
SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 8

 

Friday, NOVEMBER 1 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

BEETHOVEN  “Leonore”Overture No. 3
BEETHOVEN  Grosse Fuge
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 5

 

Friday, NOVEMBER 29 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, DECEMBER 1 at 3 p.m.
Marin Alsop, conductor
David Fray, piano

BARBER  Essay No. 2
SCHUMANN  Piano Concerto
COPLAND  Symphony No. 3

 

Friday, DECEMBER 6 at 8 p.m.
Leon Fleisher, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

MENDELSSOHN  Overture: The Hebrides
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 3

 

Friday, JANUARY 10 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Julia Fischer, violin

BRAHMS  Academic Festival Overture
BRAHMS  Violin Concerto
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 2

 

Sunday, JANUARY 12 at 3 p.m.
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Julia Fischer, violin

BRAHMS  Tragic Overture
BRAHMS  Violin Concerto
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4

 

Friday, JANUARY 17 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Radu Lupu, piano

MOZART  Symphony No. 38 (“Prague”)
WIDMANN  Teufel Amor [U.S. PREMIERE]
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 4

 

Friday, FEBRUARY 7 at 11 a.m.
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Nikolaj Znaider, violin

SCHOENBERG  Transfigured Night
BARTÓK  Violin Concerto No. 2

 

Sunday, FEBRUARY 16 at 3 p.m.
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Women of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

RAVEL  Une Barque sur l’océan
RAVEL  Alborada del gracioso
RAVEL  Shéhérazade
DEBUSSY  Prelude à l’après-midi d’un faune
DEBUSSY  La Mer
DEBUSSY  Three Nocturnes

 

Friday, MARCH 7 at 7 p.m.
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano
Kate Royal, soprano – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano – Cleveland Orchestra debut
John Tessier, tenor
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus

KeyBank Fridays@7

RACHMANINOFF  Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
BRITTEN  Spring Symphony

 

Sunday, MARCH 30 at 3 p.m.
Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor

SCHUMANN  Symphony No. 4
SCHUMANN  Symphony No. 2

 

Friday, APRIL 4 at 8 p.m.
Mitsuko Uchida, piano and conductor
William Preucil, leader

MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 18
MOZART  Symphony No. 23
MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 19

 

Friday, APRIL 11 at 11 a.m.
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano – Severance Hall debut

PROKOFIEV  Classical Symphony
RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 3

Friday, APRIL 11 at 7 p.m.
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano – Severance Hall debut

KeyBank Fridays@7

PROKOFIEV  Classical Symphony
RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 3

 

Friday, MAY 2 at 7 p.m.
David Robertson, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Garrett Sorenson, tenor
John Relyea, bass-baritone
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

KeyBank Fridays@7

ROUSE  Rapture – FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
MOZART  Requiem

 

Sunday, MAY 4 at 3 p.m.
David Robertson, conductor
Mary Kay Fink, piccolo
Jessica Rivera, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Garrett Sorenson, tenor
John Relyea, bass-baritone
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

ROUSE  Rapture – FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
FRANK  Piccolo Concerto [WORLD PREMIERE COMMISSION]
MOZART  Requiem

 

Friday, MAY 30 at 11 a.m.
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra debut

STRAVINSKY  Scherzo fantastique
PROKOFIEV  Suite from Cinderella

 

2013-14 Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Concerts at Severance Hall:

Sunday, NOVEMBER 3 at 3 p.m.
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

SHOSTAKOVICH  Festive Overture
STRAVINSKY  Symphonies of Wind Instruments
KILAR  Orawa
MUSSORGSKY  Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Maurice Ravel)

 

Sunday, MARCH 9 at 6 p.m.
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
Brett Mitchell, conductor

BEETHOVEN  Overture to Fidelio
HINDEMITH Symphony: Mathis der Maler                                      
CORIGLIANO Fern Hill for Mixed Chorus, Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra 
MENDELSSOHN  Hymn (“Lass’, o Herr, Milch Hülfe finden”)

 

Friday, MAY 9 at 8 p.m.
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

TORKE  Bright Blue Music        
BERLIOZ  Symphonie fantastique

 

All programs and artists are subject to change.

 

TICKET INFORMATION
Individual tickets to performances go on sale on September 3.  For more information about the variety of subscription packages offered or for other questions, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141.

The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located on street level in the Smith Lobby.  The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building, on East Boulevard.  Severance Hall Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and, from September through May, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed Sundays and holidays except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office will be open three hours prior to each performance).