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Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concert

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor
and the

Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Jamie Farr, narrator
and guest choruses:

  • Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus
    • (December 15, 16, 22, 23 matinees)
  • Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Chamber Ensemble
    • (December 20, 22, 23 evenings)
  • Wooster Chorus from The College of Wooster
    • (December 14, 15)
  • University of Akron Chamber Choir
    • (December 16)


At a Glance
Celebrate the holiday season with The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus in these annual offerings of music for the Christmas Season, including sing-alongs, guest choruses, and more.  New this year, Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H's Max Klinger) makes a guest appearance.  All in the festive yuletide splendor of Severance Hall.

The Cleveland Orchestra's 2018 Christmas Concerts

     are sponsored by Dollar Bank.

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About the Concert

Information about the music and performers is printed in program books distributed free-of-charge at most Cleveland Orchestra concerts. The program notes are usually available on-line ahead of time (see link below).

On-Line FlipBook
Click or tap here to read the program book for these concerts as an online flipbook, best viewed on a desktop or tablet computer.  (2018-19 Season Holiday Festival Book, Dec 6-9, Dec 14-16, and Dec 20-23; published on December 5.)

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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.

The restaurant is located on the street level of Severance Hall along East Boulevard. 


Enjoy a special holiday lunch with Santa at Severance Restaurant, immediately before our matinee performances of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Christmas Concerts on December 15, 16, 22, and 23. You can view our special menu by following this link.

Pre-Concert Dining
Pre-concert dinner service begins up to three hours before each Cleveland Orchestra evening concert.  Post-concert lunch service is offered for Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concerts after matinee performances

Post-Concert Offerings
NEW! Opus Lounge — Located in Lerner Lobby on the ground floor, Opus Lounge is a perfect choice for meeting friends before and after concerts. The voguish speakeasy Lounge offers signature Cleveland Orchestra cocktails, wine, beer, and small plates. Featuring comfortable and stylish Art Deco décor, the Opus Lounge is presented in partnership with VNTG Home, Cleveland Lighting, and Marshall Carpet One.

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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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) for many but not all events.

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 $11 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. 

close croppedPre-Paid Parking for the Campus Center Garage can be purchased for many concerts in advance for $15 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 online via this website, you will have the opportunity after selecting your concert tickets to add pre-paid parking (if pre-paid parking is available for your performance) to your order.  Please note that each pre-paid parking pass is for a specific date and concert).

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.

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