Please note that this concert is SOLD OUT.
At a Glance
Silent films are back — this year’s Oscar for “Best Picture“ was awarded to a silent film! Now, for one night only, you can experience the classic silent film era the way it was meant to be: on a BIG screen with a LIVE performance of the orchestra score.
Experience the emotion of this touching story in which everyone’s favorite “Tramp” (Charlie Chaplin) befriends a blind flower girl and a drunken millionaire with hilarious and heartbreaking results. City Lights
is the perfect marriage of music and film, filled with comedy, romance, and heartache — and ranked as theAmerican Film Institute’s 11th Greatest Movie of All Time
. The original music was composed by Chaplin and arranged and orchestrated by Arthur Johnsoton and Alfred Newman, and restored in 2004 by Timothy Brock.
To watch a trailer about City Lights
, click here
Or to watch a more extended film clip, click here
The classic silent romantic comedy
City Lights will
be shown on the big screen with live performance
of the music score by The Cleveland Orchestra.
Co-Promotion and Discount Offer
To promote this showing of Charlie Chapin’s City Lights
at Severance Hall, The Cleveland Orchestra is partnering with the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
. Cinematheque members save 50% on Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights
tickets for the March 31 concert when they show their Cinematheque membership card at the Severance Hall Ticket Office. Cineamatheque's “Artists of the Silent Screen” series runs from January 7 through February 26. (During the series, the Cinematheque is showing Chaplin’s 1925 silent film The Gold Rush
on February 25 and 26.) Cleveland Orchestra patrons save $2 on their $9 tickets for Cinematheque films during the month of April when they show their City Lights
ticket stub at the Cinematheque ticket counter at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Cleveland International Film Festival
Partnership and Discount Offer
The Cleveland Orchestra is proud to be a Community Partner for the 36th Cleveland International Film Festival
(March 22 to April 1). Use the discount code CLEORC when purchasing tickets online or in-person and save $2.00 on your ticket purchase to see any Festival film screening. And don’t forget to check the Orchestra's sponsored film: Andrew Bird: Fever Year
City Lights © Roy Export S.A.S.
Music for City Lights copyright © Roy Export
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A group of civic dignitaries are assembled for the unveiling of a monument representing “Peace and Prosperity.” The veil falls — to reveal, cradled in the arms of “Prosperity,” the wretched figure of the Tramp. After getting hooked by his trousers on the sword held aloft by a recumbent statue, he flees from the angry assembly.
Later in the day, after a series of mishaps with police, insolent newsboys and a trapdoor in the pavement, the Tramp comes upon a blind flower-seller. He is moved by her pathos and beauty, while the chance slamming of a car door leads her to believe he must be a rich man.
That evening, the Tramp dissuades an erratic and alcoholic millionaire from suicide. This new acquaintance proves an affectionate and generous friend when drunk, but distant and hostile in his sober moods the morning after. Finding the flower girl absent from her place on the street corner, the Tramp visits the poor room where she lives. He learns that she is ill, but that a costly operation in Switzerland could restore her sight. In an effort to raise the money for the unpaid rent on her apartment, he works as a street cleaner and as a prizefighter.
Luckily, the Tramp again encounters the millionaire, who gives him the money he needs. He is able to pass it onto the girl before he is accused of robbing the millionaire — once again sober and forgetful — and is thrown into jail.
Months later, the Tramp is released and by chance passes the elegant flower shop in which the now-cured flower girl is established, always hoping to meet her benefactor, whom she supposes to be rich and handsome. She is amused by the passing vagrant, takes pity on him, and gives him a flower and a coin. Pressing them into his hand, she recognises him by touch. The two gaze enigmatically into each other’s eyes.
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).
CAMPUS CENTER GARAGE
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 $10 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.
Pre-Paid Parking for the Campus Center Garage can be purchased in advance for $14 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 your tickets via this website, there is an opportunity after you have put seats into the checkout cart when you can select the “Find Parking” button.
Alternatively, if you have already purchased tickets, you can purchase pre-paid parking online through the concert Event Calendar. Above the calendar, check the box “for ticket holders who wish to purchase tickets only” under Select a Type of Event. The calendar will then show available parking.
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,