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For Release: May 18, 2017

The Cleveland Orchestra announces its
At the Movies series for 2017-18 season

Three classic films to be shown at Severance Hall
with live music

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde features improvised organ music by Todd Wilson

North by Northwest Live and DISNEY IN CONCERT: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas feature The Cleveland Orchestra performing the film scores live

At the Movies series is sponsored by PNC Bank

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra announces a three-concert At the Movies series for the 2017-18 season.  Following the popularity of film screenings with live music during the past six seasons, the Orchestra continues the tradition with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, North by Northwest Live, and DISNEY IN CONCERT: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas.  All three movies will be projected on a giant screen above the Severance Hall stage, with music performed live.  At the Movies series subscriptions are available now for purchase through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, online at, or by calling Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 1-800-686-1141.

On Friday, October 27, just before Halloween, the classic 1920 silent horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore, will be presented with acclaimed organist Todd Wilson accompanying the film with improvised live music.  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is widely considered the first great American horror film. The Washington Post called Barrymore’s performance in the film “a masterpiece.”  It is the film that made him a movie star – finally achieving acclaim for his film work on a par with that of his stage appearances. The film is based on the 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

On Sunday, November 19, North by Northwest Live, the Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason, will be shown with the music score by Bernard Herrmann performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Kaufman.  Nominated for three Academy Awards, North by Northwest appears on many lists of the greatest films of all time, and in 1995 was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” 

To close the series, on Wednesday, December 20, The Cleveland Orchestra, led by Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran, performs Danny Elfman’s score to the 1993 animated fantasy musical film DISNEY IN CONCERT: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas, produced and conceived by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick. An additional concert showing, not part of the At the Movies series, will take place on Tuesday, December 19.

The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2017-18 At the Movies series is sponsored by PNC Bank. 

2017-18 At the Movies series Media Sponsor:



Severance Hall
October 27, 2017 – Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Todd Wilson, organ

Celebrate Halloween with a masterpiece of the silent film era! – with the accompaniment improvised live by acclaimed organist Todd Wilson.  A benevolent doctor and an aspiring scientist, Dr. Jekyll (John Barrymore) is tempted to explore the two sides of his personality – the good one and the evil one.  He faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.  Featuring Severance Hall’s mighty Norton Memorial Organ, considered one of the finest concert organs ever built.

The Cleveland Orchestra does not appear on this performance.

Shown with one intermission.

Sponsor:  PNC Bank


Severance Hall
November 19, 2017 – Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
North by Northwest Live
Hitchcock’s masterpiece accompanied live by Bernard Herrmann’s original score.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor

Gripping, suspenseful, and visually iconic, this late-period Hitchcock classic, featuring an exhilarating score by legendary Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, is one of the most popular spy thrillers of all time.  Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan.  He is pursued across America by a group of murderous agents and a mysterious blonde (Eva Marie Saint).  Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore.

Shown with one intermission.

Sponsor:  PNC Bank


Severance Hall
December 19, 2017 – Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

(additional presentation, not part of the subscription series)
December 20, 2017 – Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Tim Burton’s
The Nightmare before Christmas

The Cleveland Orchestra
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor

“This year, Christmas will be ours!”  Experience Tim Burton’s cult classic with the score by Danny Elfman performed live.  When Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's pumpkin king, accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role.  But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

Shown with one intermission.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.

Sponsor:  PNC Bank


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



Concerts take place at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. 

Subscriptions for the 2017-18 At the Movies series are on sale now, and start at $78 for a three-movie package, a savings of up to 20% off individual ticket prices.

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.


Photo collage: Roger Mastroianni and MGM/Photofest