Bartók on Stage
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Bartók on Stage

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The Cleveland Orchestra
conducted by Franz Welser-Möst
The Joffrey Ballet
Ashley Wheater, artistic director
choreography and stage direction by Yuri Possokhov
set, lighting, and projection design by Alexander V. Nichols
costume design by
Mark Zappone
and featuring
Mikhail Petrenko, bass
Katarina Dalayman, soprano
Members 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 Glance
BARTÓK - The Miraculous Mandarin
BARTÓK - 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 Foundation
and a grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts.

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About the Music


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

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Pre-Concert Talk

Free Concert Preview: 
"Folksongs and Freud"
with guest speaker Michael Strasser,
     professor of musicology,

    Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music

Smith Lobby on the ground floor of Severance Hall

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.

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Severance Restaurant

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. 

View the spring menu 

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.

Reservations are advised, especially for pre-concert dinner service.

For Severance Restaurant reservations, 
please call 216-231-7373 anytime,
or reserve online:

    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.

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Parking  is extremely limited. These convenient nearby parking options are available for most concerts at Severance Hall:

CWRU Campus Center Garage (adjacent to Severance Hall)
Purchase passes through the Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Office at 216-231-1111 or below the Buy Tickets button above. Prepaid parking rate: $15, Special-Event rate: $11

CWRU Lot 1 on Euclid Avenue (across from Severance Hall)
Special-event rate: $11

Lot 13A on Adelbert Road Special-event rate: $11

Convenient overflow parking locations:

Cleveland Botanical Garden Parking Garage
Special-event rate: up to $11

Lot 54 on Ford Drive
Special-event rate: $7

Metered street parking along East Boulevard 

Call Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 for more information. 

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