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The Cleveland Orchestra announces its "At the Movies" series for 2015-16 season

Three classic films to be shown at Severance Hall with live music

The Hunchback of Notre Dame features improvised organ music by Todd Wilson

Back to the Future and Bride of Frankenstein feature The Cleveland Orchestra performing the film scores live

"At the Movies" series is sponsored by PNC Bank

Release:  September 3, 2015

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra announces a three-concert At the Movies series for the 2015-16 season.  Following the popularity of film showings with live music the past four seasons, the Orchestra continues the tradition with The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Back to the Future, and Bride of Frankenstein.  All three movies will be projected on a giant screen above the Severance Hall stage, with music performed live.  A fourth movie, Home Alone, with the film score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra, may be added to a subscription at a discounted price, or purchased individually. The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2015-16 At the Movies series is sponsored by PNC Bank.  Subscriptions and individual tickets for the series are now available online at clevelandorchestra,com or by calling Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 1-800-686-1141.

On Friday, October 30, the day before Halloween, one of the greatest horror films ever made, the classic 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney Sr. as Quasimodo, will be presented with acclaimed organist Todd Wilson accompanying the film with improvised live music.   On Thursday, December 10, Back to the Future, the 1985 comic science fiction film that starred Michael J. Fox, will be shown with the music of the soundtrack performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Brett Mitchell.  To close the series, on Tuesday, April 26, The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Richard Kaufman perform the musical score to the classic 1935 horror film Bride of Frankenstein, which starred Elsa Lanchester.

Subscribers to the At the Movies series can also choose to purchase tickets to the special Holiday Festival At the Movies presentation of Home Alone (Wednesday, December 16) at a 20% savings off the individual ticket prices.  The score to the film will be performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra.  

At the Movies series subscriptions are available for purchase through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, or online at  Individual tickets are also on sale.



Severance Hall
October 30 – Friday at 8 p.m.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Todd Wilson, organ

Celebrate Halloween with this classic 1923 silent film … with the accompaniment improvised live by acclaimed organist Todd Wilson.  Quasimodo (Lon Chaney Sr.), an inarticulate, deformed human being who is the bell ringer of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, sacrifices his life to save Esmeralda (Patsy Ruth Miller), a Gypsy girl who once befriended him, from the hunchback's evil master.  The fully improvised accompaniment features Severance Hall’s mighty Norton Memorial Organ, considered one of the finest concert organs ever built.

Please note that The Cleveland Orchestra does not appear on this program.

Shown with one 20-minute intermission.

Sponsor:  PNC Bank

Severance Hall
December 10 – Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Back to the Future

The Cleveland Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

Power up your DeLorean … recharge your flux capacitor … and get ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of an unforgettable movie classic as you’ve never seen and heard it before!  Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) finds himself transported back to 1955 where he struggles to change the destiny of his parents (Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover) and rescue an eccentric friend (Christopher Lloyd), all while trying to ensure he has a future to get back to.  Alan Silvestri’s dazzling musical score includes approximately fifteen minutes of brand new music, all performed by The Cleveland Orchestra.

Back to the Future ™ & © Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture.
All Rights reserved.

Shown with one 20-minute intermission.

Sponsor:  PNC Bank

Severance Hall
April 26 – Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Bride of Frankenstein

The Cleveland Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor

She's Alive!!!  The 1935 classic horror film with legendary film composer Franz Waxman's evocative score played live by The Cleveland Orchestra.  Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and Dr. Pretorius go back into their laboratory, exhume more bodies, and convert a female corpse (Elsa Lanchester) into a bride for the Monster (Boris Karloff).

Shown without intermission.

Sponsor:  PNC Bank


Severance Hall
December 16 – Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Home Alone

The Cleveland Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
    Lisa Wong, director

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’s delightful score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra.  Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.  Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

Home Alone © 1990 Twentieth Century Fox. 
All rights reserved.

Shown with one 20-minute intermission.

Sponsor: PNC Bank


Concerts take place at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. 

Subscriptions for the 2015-16 At the Movies series are on sale now, and start at $78 for a three-movie package, a savings of up to 20% off individual ticket prices.  Subscribers to the At the Movies series can add tickets to the special holiday showing of Home Alone to their series at a savings of 20%.  Tickets to single showings are also on sale, and start at $30.  For more information, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or visit online at

The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located on street level in the Smith Lobby.  The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building, on East Boulevard.  Severance Hall Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  From September through May, the Ticket Office is also open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed Sundays and holidays except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office will be open three hours prior to each performance). 

For information about parking for Severance Hall concerts, click here.

Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.  Film still courtesy of Photofest Inc.