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The Cleveland Orchestra announces 2017-18 American Greetings Family Concert and PNC Musical Rainbow series

Under 18s Free continues for both series

Release: April 25, 2017   /   Revised:  July 14, 2017

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra announces its 2017-18 American Greetings Family Concert series, for children ages 7 and older, and PNC Musical Rainbow series, for children ages 3 to 6.  Both concert series are designed to introduce young people to classical music, and feature performances by Cleveland Orchestra musicians with special guest artists. Subscriptions for both series are now available by visiting the Severance Hall Ticket Office, clevelandorchestra.com, and by calling 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141.  Tickets to individual performances go on sale in late summer. 

2017-18 American Greetings Family Concert Series
Three Cleveland Orchestra Family Concerts will take place during The Cleveland Orchestra’s 100th season in 2017-18, in October, February, and March.  The concerts will be performed on Sundays at 3:00 p.m.  The series also includes free, pre-concert activities, which begin one hour before each performance, and include Instrument Discovery, where children can try various orchestral instruments and discover their inner musician.

On Sunday, October 29, the audience is encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween best for an afternoon of deliciously frightening musical fun, Halloween Spooktacular, a program filled with magic Tricks and musical Treats in celebration of Halloween.  A costume contest for audience members will take place begins at 1:00 p.m., orchestra musicians will be dressed up, and Severance Hall will be decorated for the holiday as well.

On Sunday, February 11, the award-winning production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs is back by popular demand, following the lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the musical “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Through touching correspondence dramatically underscored by excerpts from more than 20 of the composer’s most beloved works, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the torment of his deafness, and the beauty of the music he gave to the world.

On Sunday, April 2, the program features Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a musical story based on Arabian folk tales from One Thousand and One Nights. The Cleveland Orchestra is joined by Enchantment Theatre Company and their signature blend of puppetry and mime in this family-friendly portrayal of a bossy Sultan who is bewitched by the magical tales of his wife Scheherazade.  The concert also includes Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture and other classical favorites.


2017-18 PNC Musical Rainbow Series
The Cleveland Orchestra’s PNC Musical Rainbow programs are a fun way for children to learn about instruments of the orchestra, one at a time.  Energetic host Maryann Nagel leads singing, clapping, and moving to the music while Cleveland Orchestra musicians and guests perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, and demonstrate their instruments in these 30-minute programs, just right for children 3-6 years old.  PNC Musical Rainbow concerts take place in Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall, unless otherwise indicated.

  • The Vibrant Violin will be presented on October 27 and 28, with retired Cleveland Orchestra violinist Yoko Moore.
  • The Happy Horn will be presented on February 23 and 24, with Cleveland Orchestra horn player Hans Clebsch. 
  • The Brilliant Bass will be presented on March 9 and 10, with Cleveland Orchestra bass player Henry Peyrebrune.
  • The Fabulous Flute will be presented on April 20 and 21, with Cleveland Orchestra assistant principal flute Marisela Sager.
  • The final Musical Rainbow in the series is Powerful Percussion, presented on May 4 and 5, with Cleveland Orchestra percussionist Thomas Sherwood.
  • In addition to the five-concert PNC Musical Rainbow series, the 2017-18 season also includes special PNC Holiday Musical Rainbow programs, focusing on the music and traditions of the holidays. It includes the Christmas Brass Quintet, featuring members of the brass section of the Orchestra, and will be presented on December 8 and 9 in the Concert Hall at Severance Hall.

The Cleveland Orchestra's Musical Rainbow concerts are endowed by the Pysht Fund.


Cleveland Orchestra education concerts are part of a broad array of educational programs designed to foster a love of music and a lifetime of participation in the musical arts.  For more information, contact The Cleveland Orchestra’s Department of Education and Community Programs at 216-231-7355 or visit https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/education-and-community/overview/


Under 18s Free
The Cleveland Orchestra’s “Under 18s Free” program offers free tickets (one per regular-priced adult paid admission) to young people, 17 and under, for American Greetings Family Concerts and PNC Musical Rainbow Concerts. “Under 18s Free” tickets are not available for Box seating.

“Under 18s Free” is a program 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 Northeast Ohio.  “Under 18s Free” continues to develop young audiences by making attending Orchestra concerts affordable for families, offering free tickets to young people, 17 and under, for select Severance Hall concerts. For more information on Under 18s Free and other Center for Future Audiences ticketing programs, please visit: https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/support-and-volunteers/center-for-future-audiences/.

TICKET and PERFORMANCE PARKING INFORMATION
A three-concert subscription package for the 2017-18 American Greetings Family Concert series is available now through Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services. Subscribers save up to 33% off the price of individual concert tickets and are guaranteed the same reserved seats for all three concerts.  Subscription prices are $30 or $60 for all three concerts.  Full boxes (8 seats) are available for $450 for all three concerts. 

Five-concert subscriptions for the PNC Musical Rainbow series are now on sale.  Subscriptions are $25 for the 5-concert series, a savings of nearly 30% off the price of individual tickets.  Two subscription series times are available:  Friday at 10:00 a.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.  Individual tickets to the Christmas Brass Quintet concerts are priced at $7 and may be added to a PNC Musical Rainbow series subscription.

Tickets to individual performances go on sale in late summer.

For more information about the American Greetings Family Concert series and PNC Musical Rainbow programs or to subscribe, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or visit clevelandorchestra.com.

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.  From September through May, the Ticket Office is also open on 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). 

For information about parking for Severance Hall concerts, click here.

All programs, artists, and prices are subject to change.

Education and Community Engagement
The Cleveland Orchestra has a long and proud history of sharing the joys and benefits of music with people throughout Northeast Ohio.  Franz Welser-Mӧst leads the Orchestra into its second century with a renewed commitment to music education and community engagement, based on his belief that every child should be touched by music, that the arts are critical to a well-rounded education, and that learning never ends (lifelong learning).  Over 40,000 young people attend Cleveland Orchestra concerts each year via programs funded by the Center for Future Audiences, making up 20% of The Cleveland Orchestra audience.


2017-18 AMERICAN GREETINGS FAMILY CONCERT SERIES CALENDAR LISTINGS


Severance Hall
October 29, 2017 – Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
Carl Topilow, conductor

An afternoon of deliciously frightening musical fun! Hold onto your witches’ hats for an afternoon of bewitching music. Come dressed in your Halloween best for a costume contest for audience members (the Orchestra and Severance Hall will be dressed up too).

Sponsor: American Greetings Corporation

 

Severance Hall
February 11, 2018 – Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS
The Cleveland Orchestra
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
with special guests Classical Kids Live!

An eccentric boarder arrives, and turns the life of ten-year-old Christoph upside down! But his feelings for this “Mr. Beethoven” change from anger to admiration as he comes to understand the beauty of his music – and the torment of his deafness. The whole family will love this moving concert – it’s a perfect introduction to the orchestra featuring more than 20 of this universally-loved composer’s most famous works.

Sponsor: American Greetings Corporation

 

Severance Hall
March 11, 2018 – Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

SCHEHERAZADE!
The Cleveland Orchestra
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
with special guests Enchantment Theatre Company

Join Scheherazade, our storyteller heroine, and her cast of fabulous characters as they sail on Sinbad’s ship to exotic lands, battle a giant dragon with the Kalandar Prince, and discover Aladdin’s lamp and the surprises hidden inside. The concert also includes Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee!

Sponsor: American Greetings Corporation
    


2017-18 PNC MUSICAL RAINBOW SERIES CALENDAR LISTINGS

(30-minute programs for children ages 3 to 6 and their families)

Musical Rainbow programs are a fun way for children to learn about instruments of the orchestra, one at a time.  Energetic host Maryann Nagel leads singing, clapping, and moving to the music while musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and guests perform short solo selections and kid-friendly tunes, and demonstrate what their instrument can do.

 

Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall
October 27, 2017 – Friday at 10:00 a.m.
October 28, 2017 – Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

THE VIBRANT VIOLIN

Yoko Moore, violin
Maryann Nagel, host
Laura Silverman, piano

Sponsor: PNC Bank


Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall
February 23, 2018 – Friday at 10:00 a.m.
February 24, 2018 – Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

THE HAPPY HORN

Hans Clebsch, horn
Maryann Nagel, host
Angelin Chang, piano

Sponsor: PNC Bank


Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall
March 9, 2018 – Friday at 10:00 a.m.
March 10, 2018 – Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

THE BRILLIANT BASS

Henry Peyrebrune, bass
Maryann Nagel, host
Laura Silverman, piano

Sponsor: PNC Bank


Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall
April 20, 2018 – Friday at 10:00 a.m.
April 21, 2018 – Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

THE FABULOUS FLUTE

Marisela Sager, flute
Maryann Nagel, host
Laura Silverman, piano

Sponsor: PNC Bank


Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall
May 4, 2018 – Friday at 10:00 a.m.
May 5, 2018 – Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

POWERFUL PERCUSSION

Thomas Sherwood, percussion
Maryann Nagel, host

Sponsor: PNC Bank


PNC HOLIDAY MUSICAL RAINBOW

For young people and their families

Cleveland Orchestra members and guests perform short selections celebrating the music of the season.

Concert Hall at Severance Hall
December 8, 2017 – Friday at 10:00 a.m.
December 9, 2017 – Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

CHRISTMAS BRASS QUINTET
Michael Miller, trumpet
Jack Sutte, trumpet
Hans Clebsch, horn
Richard Stout, trombone
Kenneth Heinlein, tuba

Maryann Nagel, host

Sponsor: PNC Bank

 

·         In addition to the five-concert PNC Musical Rainbow series, the 2017-18 season also includes special PNC Holiday Musical Rainbow programs, focusing on the music and traditions of the holidays. It includes the Christmas Brass Quintet, featuring members of the brass section of the Orchestra, and will be presented on December 8 and 9 in the Concert Hall at Severance Hall.

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