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Beethoven's Seventh

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Klaus Mäkelä, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Concert Details

Its premiere in 1813, at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau during the Napoleonic Wars, was among the most applauded concerts of Beethoven’s life — a Viennese newspaper account said, “The symphony brought forth applause which rose to the point of ecstasy.”  It is still loved today for its energy and beauty, and its lilting dance rhythms are some of Beethoven’s most delightful moments. 

[Popular culture note:  the second movement of this symphony brings magic to the soundtrack of the movie The King’s Speech, and was used in an episode of Seinfeld.]

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 was first performed by The Cleveland Orchestra 100 years ago, on November 2, 1919, under the baton of Nikolai Sokoloff.

At a Glance
MESSIAEN - Les Offrandes oubliées [The Forgotten Offerings]
PROKOFIEV - Violin Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 7

PROGRAM UPDATE:  Jaap van Zweden, who was to have conducted this weekend’s concerts, has had to cancel his appearances due to a family medical matter.  Klaus Mäkelä is stepping in to conduct.  The program remains the same, except for a change in the opening piece to the Messiaen work listed above.  For more information and details, please see printed program book insert.

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Pre-Concert Talks

Free Concert Preview:
"Beethoven's Seventh"
with guest speaker Rabbi Roger C. Klein,
    The Temple Tifereth-Israel

Reinberger Chamber Hall in 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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Program Books

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.  (2019-20 Weeks 3-4-5; published on October 9.)

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Food & Drink

From the elegant Severance Restaurant to our varied concessions and stylish Opus Lounge, Severance Hall can effortlessly transform your concert experience into an evening with The Cleveland Orchestra.

For our current menus and information on our various offerings, visit our Dining section.

To make a reservation at Severance Restaurant,
please call 216-231-7373 anytime, or reserve online:

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There are a number of parking options around Severance Hall, the most convenient one being Case Western Reserve University's Campus Center Garage (entrance off East Blvd.).

Pre-Paid Parking (Campus Center Garage)
Parking passes can be purchased in advance during the online ticketing process, through most concert pages (see under "Buy Tickets," above, for availability), or by calling the Ticket Office (216-231-1111). Availability is limited, and parking passes are only valid for specific dates and concerts.

For additional parking options in the University Circle area surrounding Severance Hall,  view this printable map.

For more parking tips and information, see our section on Directions & Parking.

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