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Beethoven’s Eroica

Concert Details

Never underestimate the impact of Beethoven’s “Heroic” Symphony.  When it premiered, the audience was startled by its length, by its originality, and by the revolutionary way in which the composer was bending musical rules without breaking them.  This was the true start of Beethoven’s genius — no one had ever heard anything like it before.  The composer originally titled the piece “Bonaparte” out of admiration for the French hero, but when Napoleon declared himself emperor, Beethoven flew into a rage and re-titled it simply “Eroica,” meaning “Heroic.”

At a Glance
SHOSTAKOVICH - Violin Concerto No. 1
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)

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Pre-Concert Talks

Free Concert Preview:
"Autocrats, the Arts, and Music-Minus-One"
with guest speaker Timothy Cutler,
    Cleveland Institute of Music

Location:
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
Check back here to read the program book for these concerts as an online flipbook, best viewed on a desktop or tablet computer.  (2019-20 Weeks 6-7; to be published on November 6.)

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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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:

Reserve Your Table

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Parking

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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