2018-19 Severance Season

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  • Strauss's Ariadne preview image
    Opera: Strauss's Ariadne

    January 13, 17 & 19
    Serious opera and slapstick comedy collide … but the shows must go on! The annual opera presentation is always one of the season's most anticipated events.

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  • Strauss and Mozart preview image
    Strauss and Mozart

    January 18
    Featuring Mozart's Divertimento No. 15 and Strauss's The Happy Workshop (a chamber symphony for wind instruments).

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  • Ohlsson Plays Busoni preview image
    Ohlsson Plays Busoni

    February 7 & 9
    “…the most stunning example of sustained virtuosity I’ve ever witnessed.” – Richard Dyer, Boston Globe. Also including Haydn's Symphony No. 100 ("Military").

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  • Romantic Mozart preview image
    Romantic Mozart

    February 14 - 17
    A concert perfect for Valentine's weekend, including Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik and more.

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  • Beethoven's Pastoral preview image
    Beethoven's Pastoral

    February 21 - 23
    Beethoven's Sixth, paired with Mendelssohn's Third Symphony ("Scottish").

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  • Stravinsky's Petrouchka preview image
    Stravinsky's Petrouchka

    February 28 & March 2
    Plus Debussy's Rêve, from Première Suite d'Orchestre, and Eötvös's Seven (For violin and orchestra).

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  • Tchaikovsky's Fifth preview image
    Tchaikovsky's Fifth

    March 14 - 17
    Also including Haydn's Symphony No. 34 and Deutsch's Okeanos (concerto for organ and orchestra).

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  • Strauss's A Hero's Life preview image
    Strauss's A Hero's Life

    March 21 - 23
    Plus Schubert's Symphony No. 4 ("Tragic") and Webern's Six Pieces for Orchestra.

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  • Debussy and Scriabin preview image
    Debussy & Scriabin

    April 25 - 27
    Featuring Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Scriabin's The Poem of Ecstasy, Higdon's blue cathedral and MacMillan's Piano Concerto No. 3 ("Mysteries of Light").

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  • Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto preview image
    Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

    May 2 - 5
    Also including Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 ("The Year 1905").

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  • Smetana's Má Vlast preview image
    Smetana's Má Vlast

    May 9 - 11
    Three tone poems from Smetana's Má Vlast: VyŠehrad, The Moldau, and Šárka - plus Martinů's Concerto for Two Pianos and more.

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  • Mitsuko Uchida Plays Bartók preview image
    Mitsuko Uchida Plays Bartók

    May 16 - 18
    Featuring Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Schubert's Mass No. 6.

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  • Keenlyside Sings Sibelius preview image
    Keenlyside Sings Sibelius

    May 23 - 25
    Featuring selected songs from Sibelius, Strauss's Aus Italien [From Italy], and Excerpts from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites.

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  • Gershwin's An American In Paris preview image
    Movie Feature:
    Gershwin's An American In Paris

    May 30 - June 1
    Experience this 1951 classic musical film featuring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron live on the big screen at Severance Hall with the score played live by The Cleveland Orchestra.

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