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Program Books

Printed program books are handed out free of charge at most Cleveland Orchestra concerts. Books include information about the performance and performers, as well as program notes about the music, donor and sponsor recognition, and other information about the Orchestra’s current and upcoming activities.


The Cleveland Orchestra’s program books are funded through advertising. For more information and rates for advertising in our book, please contact LPC Publishing at 216-721-1800.

About the Music

Printed commentary in Cleveland Orchestra program books are intended to inform listeners about the composers’ lives and the historical background of the works performed at every subscription concert. These program notes are written to encourage open-minded listening to new works and provide fresh insights for hearing familiar pieces. Program notes are usually available in advance through this website's online Event Calendar.

To access program notes online, hover over a concert date on the mini-calendar above, choose "More Info" on your selected concert, and click on the “About the Music” or "Program Book" tab.

Click to read a sample program note.

Inks and Recycling

Most of The Cleveland Orchestra's program books each season are printed on paper that includes 50% recycled post-consumer content.  The number of program books printed each week is based on expected ticket sales.  All unused program books are recycled through an ongoing collections system that recycles many office materials and waste from throughout Severance Hall and at each summer's Blossom Music Festival.

The program books are printed using EcoSmart certified inks, containing twice the vegetable-based materials and one-tenth the petroleum oil content of standard inks, and producing one-tenth of the volatile organic compounds.

2013-14 Program Books

Click link below to view and read the program book for any of the following classical subscription weeks:

Week 1 – September 19, 20, 21
Beethoven's Emperor Concerto

Week 2 – September 26, 27
Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto

Week 3October 10, 12, 13
Franck's Symphony in D minor

Week 4October 17, 18, 19
Jakub Hrůša Conducts Haydn, Dvořák, and Janáček

Week 5October 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Fate and Freedom:  Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich

Week 6October 31, November 1, 2
Franz Welser-Möst Conducts Beethoven and Messiaen

Week 7November 29, 30, December 1
Marin Alsop Conducts Barber, Schumann, and Copland

Week 8December 5, 6, 7
Beethoven's Piano Concertos 2 and 3

Week 9January 9, 10, 11, 12
Julia Fischer Plays Brahms

Week 10January 16, 17,18
Mozart, Widmann, and Beethoven

Week 11February 6, 7, 8
Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Elgar

Week 12February 13, 14, 15, 16
Mahler and Brahms 
Celebrity Series: Casablanca

Week 13February 13, 14, 15, 16
Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody / Britten's Spring Symphony

Week 14March 27, 29, 30
Dohnányi Conducts Schumann

Week 15April 3, 4, 5
Mitsuko Uchida's Mozart

Week 16April 10, 11, 12
Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff

Week 17 April 17, 19
Dvořák and Tchaikovsky

Week 18 April 24, 26
Beethoven's First Piano Concerto

Week 19 May 1, 2, 3, 4
Mozart's Requiem

Week 20 May 8, 10
Grieg Piano Concerto

Week 22 May 17, 20, 22, 24
Opera:  The Cunning Little Vixen

Week 22 May 29, 30, 31
Prokofiev's Cinderella

To view some books from earlier seasons, visit our online
Program Book Archive.