The Cleveland Orchestraconducted by Franz Welser-Möst andThe Joffrey BalletAshley Wheater, artistic directorwithchoreography and stage direction by Yuri Possokhovset, lighting, and projection design by Alexander V. Nicholscostume design by Mark Zapponeand featuringMikhail Petrenko, bassKatarina Dalayman, sopranoMembers of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Two highly expressionistic thrillers masterfully staged in partnership with The Joffrey Ballet. Both pieces focus on the tragic, dark passions between men and women.
The Miraculous Mandarin is a sumptuous, erotic ballet telling a fantastical tale of a girl forced to act as a decoy by thugs, luring a wealthy mandarin to his tragic fate. Bartók’s ballet is equally as gripping and powerful — and as controversial — as when it first premiered.
Bluebeard's Castle is based on folk legends and infused with folk melodies. Bartók’s only opera depicts Duke Bluebeard and his young bride Judith entering a vast dark hall of his castle. Vowing to bring sunlight and joy into the castle, Judith insists on opening seven locked doors, but instead makes a series of terrifying discoveries that seals her own fate.
At a GlanceBARTÓK - The Miraculous MandarinBARTÓK - Bluebeard’s Castle
Bluebeard's Castle is sung in Hungarian with projected English supertitles.
Sunday’s concert is co-sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company.
Made possible in part with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundationand a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Commentary and historical background about the music are printed in program books distributed free-of-charge at most Cleveland Orchestra concerts. The program notes are usually available on-line ahead of time.
Click here to read the program book for this concert.(Subscription Week 16: Bartók on Stage Doublebill)
Free Concert Preview: "Folksongs and Freud"with guest speaker Michael Strasser, professor of musicology, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music
Location:Smith Lobby on the ground floor of Severance Hall
Time:Please note that this special opera Concert Preview will begin 90 minutes before the start of each concert: 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 10
Concert Previews are free to all ticketholders. Previews are held prior to every Cleveland Orchestra subscription concert. This series is funded by a generous endowment gift from Dorothy Humel Hovorka.
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.
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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. For Friday Morning concerts, post-concert 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.
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CONCERT REFRESHMENTS 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.
Parking is extremely limited. These convenient nearby parking options are available for most concerts at Severance Hall:
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Cleveland Botanical Garden Parking GarageSpecial-event rate: up to $11
Lot 54 on Ford DriveSpecial-event rate: $7
Metered street parking along East Boulevard
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