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The Bernstein Beat

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Jamie Bernstein, narrator


Conductor, composer, and educator Leonard Bernstein was one of the most beloved and influential Americans in 20th-century culture. His daughter, Jamie Bernstein, hosts this one-hour family concert introducing kids to her father's music, modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People's Concerts. Audiences are encouraged to learn more about Leonard Bernstein and his music exhibit, “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music,” at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage beginning this fall 2019.  “She resembles her dad – irrepressible, feisty and game for just about anything.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cleveland Orchestra's Family Concert Series
is supported by
the Weiss Family Foundation.

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FREE Pre-Concert Activities


Second and third grade students enrolled in The Cleveland Orchestra’s Crescendo violin program, who receive intensive music instruction twice per week, are here to perform for you and answer questions.

In addition to private and group lessons, students have performance opportunities throughout the year at Mound, Severance Hall, and in the Slavic Village Community.

INSTRUMENT DISCOVERY with Royalton Music Center (Smith Lobby, ground floor)

Kids can discover their “inner musician” by trying out orchestral instruments with the assistance of Royalton Music Center staff.  (

SING AND SWING (Smith Lobby, ground floor)

Even the littlest musicians can join the fun with Sing and Swing's Play Along Jam. Children can play an assortment of child friendly percussion instruments with their parents and the instructors from Sing and Swing (

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

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The Cleveland Orchestra Preservation Fund

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