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Cleveland Orchestra Announces Complete Program for October 1 Gala Evening and Concert Featuring Works by Beethoven, Aaron Copland, and John Harbison

Concert features Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and Pianist Emanuel Ax at Severance Hall

Gala Evening is Chaired by Norma Lerner, with Corporate Chair Beth Mooney and Co-Chair Nancy W. McCann

Cleveland Orchestra Gala supports the Orchestra’s education programs for the community

Release Date:  June 21, 2016

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra announces the complete program for its previously announced annual Gala concert and benefit evening on Saturday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Severance Hall. John Harbison’s Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra and Aaron Copland’s Suite from Billy the Kid complete the program. Pianist Emanuel Ax joins Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Chaired by Norma Lerner, with KeyBank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Beth Mooney as Corporate Chair and Nancy W. McCann as Co-Chair, the annual Gala supports educational services that the Orchestra provides for the Northeast Ohio community. The Gala evening begins with cocktails in Severance Hall’s Smith Lobby at 6:00 p.m.; the concert performance begins at 7:00 p.m., and is followed by an elegant dinner in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer and Smith Lobby of Severance Hall, catered by Doug Katz.

Emanuel Ax has been a frequent collaborator with The Cleveland Orchestra; his first performance with the Orchestra was 40 years ago, in January 1976. Over the years, he has joined the Orchestra in more than 100 concerts at Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center, Carnegie Hall, and on tour in Europe. He most recently appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2012 at the Blossom Music Festival, in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22.

About the Program
In addition to Beethoven’s powerful and dramatic Piano Concerto No. 2, the program continues with music by two American composers: John Harbison’s Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra and Aaron Copland’s Suite from Billy the Kid. Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Harbison’s Remembering Gatsby was completed in 1985 and commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which gave the first performance under the direction of Robert Shaw. The Cleveland Orchestra has performed Remembering Gatsby at just two previous concerts, in 2002 and 2008. The Orchestra first performed Copland’s Suite from the ballet Billy the Kid, which includes cowboy tunes and American folk songs, in 1943, under the direction of then music director Artur Rodzinski. 

Ticket Information
Gala tickets are $1,500, $1,000, and $500, including valet parking, cocktails, and premium concert and dinner seating. Concert-only tickets range from $49 to $92 and currently are available to Orchestra Subscribers and Donors only. Individual concert tickets will be available to the general public in mid-August. For more information, call 216-231-7535 or visit

Young Professionals Gala Tickets
This year, in addition to a formal plated dinner taking place throughout the hall, The Cleveland Orchestra’s Gala includes an exclusive black-tie event for young professionals. Members of The Circle, the young professionals of The Cleveland Orchestra, can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $125/single and $175/couple. Non-Circle members can purchase tickets for $150/single and $250/couple. A Young Professionals Gala ticket includes valet parking, pre-concert reception, concert seating, and post-concert dinner in Severance Restaurant, catered by Fire. Those interested in attending the Young Professionals event may call 216-231-7558 or email

For biographical information about The Cleveland Orchestra, Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, and pianist Emanuel Ax, please see this link:


Cleveland Orchestra Gala Reception, Concert, and Dinner
Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Emanuel Ax, pianist

BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 2
HARBISON  Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra
COPLAND  Suite from Billy the Kid

Gala tickets: $1,500, $1,000, and $500. Please call 216-231-7535.

Individual concert-only tickets will be available to the general public in mid-August.