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Friday Morning: Strauss's A Hero's Life

Overview

Strauss wrote, with great irony, “since Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ is so unpopular with our conductors today and hence rarely performed, I am filling the void with a tone poem on a similar theme.”  He was mocked by the critics for making himself the hero of this work: “a monstrous act of egotism,” according to one.  Strauss was particularly delighted that the critics recognized themselves as the “Hero’s Adversaries.”  Still, Ein Heldenleben is a delightful musical portrait, virtuosic and tuneful.

At a Glance
WEBERN - Six Pieces for Orchestra (1928 revision)
RICHARD STRAUSS - Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero's Life”)

   
This concert is sponsored by Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc.

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Pre-Concert Talks

Free Concert Preview:
"Keys and Colors”
with speaker Rose Breckenridge, lecturer and administrator,
     Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Groups

Location:
Concert Hall at Severance Hall

Concert Previews are free to all ticketholders.  Previews are held prior to every Cleveland Orchestra subscription concert, beginning 1 hour before the performance.  This series is funded by a generous endowment gift from Dorothy Humel Hovorka.

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About the Music

   
Information and 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 (see links 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 Weeks 17 and 18; published on March 13.)

Mobile-Friendly ExpressBook (www.ExpressProgramBook.com)
Or click or tap here to read about the concert on your phone with our mobile-friendly ExpressBook, available the week of the concert.

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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.

Check out our Second Century spring menu!

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

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.  

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:

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TABLE

    
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.

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Parking

Friday Morning Matinee Parking

Parking for Friday Morning Matinees is extremely limited. For your convenience, bus service is available from these locations:

Shuttle bus service is available from the parking lot at Cedar Hill Baptist Church (12601 Cedar Road, Cleveland Hts.).
Round-trip shuttle service rate: $5 per person. 

Round-trip bus transportation, supported in part by Friends of The Cleveland Orchestra (formerly Women's Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra), is available from these four locations:  Beachwood, Brecksville, Fairlawn, and Westlake

Round-trip bus service rate: $15 per person ($60 for Friday Morning Series).

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

 

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