2022 Family Concert Series Family Concert: The Chevalier

Event Information

  • Dates: May 7, 2022 Tickets Available

  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Vinay Parameswaran, conductor

  • Venue: Mandel Concert Hall Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall

Event Dates and Tickets

Proof of vaccination (w/ booster) or negative test, and face masks, are required for guests attending this concert. Please see our Health & Safety guidelines below.


This concert is intended for children ages 12+

About the Music

All Music by Joseph Bologne:

Symphony No.2 in D major

Violin Concerto No.1 in D major — II. Adagio

Symphony in G major No.1 — III. Allegro assai
  Violin Sonata No.2 in A major

String Quartet No.4 in C minor — I. Allegro moderato

L’amant anonyme: Ballet No.1

Violin Concerto in A major, No.2 —- I. Allegro moderato

Symphony Concertante in G major — II. Rondeau & cadenza

Violin Concerto No.9 in G major — III. Rondeau

Written and directed by Bill Barclay, artistic director of Concert Theatre Works

Son of a slave and French aristocrat, Joseph Bologne has reached the top of his game – music teacher to Marie Antoinette and Europe’s fencer to beat. But when a bedridden Mozart is carried into his kitchen, he attracts the attention of a secret police force returning people of color to slavery. As Paris hurtles toward Revolution, Bologne is forced to choose between his creative freedom and the crusade for equality. Can he sacrifice his bow for his sword?

Features the music and true story of 18th century Black composer Joseph Bologne, son of a slave and French aristocrat who fought prejudice during a time of revolution. Four actors and a violin soloist join The Cleveland Orchestra to tell Bologne’s incredible story alongside his finest works for orchestra.


Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Brendon Elliott, violin


Instrument Discovery Zone

Every Cleveland Orchestra Family Concert features engaging pre-concert activities, including our Instrument Discovery zone, which offers hands-on opportunities for children to try playing various orchestral instruments. The Instrument Discovery program and various other free pre-concert events begin one hour before each Orchestra performance.

Severance Hall, exterior of front entrance.


Severance is Cleveland’s musical home for symphonic music and other presentations, including Mandel Concert Hall and Reinberger Chamber Hall. We are strongly committed to making everyone feel welcome. The doors to Severance open three hours prior to most performances.

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Food & Beverage Services at Cleveland Orchestra Concerts

Severance Restaurant and concessions are temporarily unavailable. Please check back for future availability.


Health & Safety

The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to creating a comfortable, enjoyable and safe environment for our guests, musicians, volunteers and staff.

In partnership with The Cleveland Clinic, we have adopted safety protocols to ensure your visit to Severance Music Center is safe and enjoyable. These protocols are in effect now, and will be reviewed regularly to follow the latest public health recommendations as we welcome you back to in-person concerts.

Anyone feeling ill or experiencing symptoms related to a cold or infectious disease is asked to take care of their health and protect others by staying home.


Proof of Vaccination (with booster) or Negative Test

As of January 3, 2022, Guests will be required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (two doses, plus a booster, per CDC guidelines) of a World Health Organization (WHO) or U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved or authorized vaccine, with the primary dose of vaccination completed at least two weeks prior to the performance date, upon arrival at Severance Music Center. Guests who are unable to be vaccinated or have not received their booster dose will be required to provide proof of a negative Covid test.

Audience members ages 3 and older who cannot be vaccinated may provide proof of a negative test result received from a completed lab-certified antigen COVID-19 test within 24 hours prior to entering Severance, or a negative test result received from a completed PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering Severance.

For more information regarding COVID vaccines and booster shots, please visit the CDC website.

  • Touchless verification using the CLEAR App. Guests are encouraged to consider using the free CLEAR app on their mobile devices to help expedite the entry process. To learn more, go to clearme.com.
  • A physical vaccination card or a photo of a vaccination card, along with a valid photo ID.
  • Proof of a negative test, along with a valid photo ID. For children under the age of 12 or those who cannot be vaccinated or individuals who are unable to be vaccinated, proof of a negative test result received from a completed lab-certified antigen COVID-19 test within 24 hours prior to entering Severance, or a negative test result received from a completed PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering Severance. The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Home Test (the version requiring a virtual appointment) is an acceptable option.

All guests the age of 18 or above must present a valid photo ID with their proof of vaccination or a negative test.

Early arrival is recommended and patrons should have this information ready to present as they enter Severance, as it will be checked before concert tickets are scanned.


Face Masks Required

Guest are required to wear face coverings at all times and in all areas of Severance Music Center, including while seated during the performance. Face coverings should be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth, and meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not permitted. Patrons arriving without appropriate face coverings will be provided a disposable face mask.  Patrons who do not wear masks properly at Severance during a performance will be asked to leave.


Enhanced Cleaning Procedures

High-touch areas, including countertops, door handles and elevators, are cleaned and sanitized regularly. In addition, seating areas and corresponding lobbies are disinfected with CDC-approved aerosol sprays after each performance. Hand sanitizer stations are provided throughout Severance.


Enhanced Ventilation

Severance has updated its HVAC filtration and circulation systems to meet the guidelines of local public health authorities and recommendations from the Cleveland Clinic.


Ticket Wallet App (Paperless Tickets)

After purchasing tickets, guests are encouraged to access the free Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Wallet app to gain instant, secure, and paperless access to their reserved concert tickets. For more information, visit our Ticket Wallet page.

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Accessibility Services

Below is a list of the features and services that the Cleveland Orchestra has made available at Severance Hall for this concert.


Wheelchair Access & Seating

The venue's seating has reserved special areas for those attending with the use of a wheelchair. Please indicate any special needs when completing Education Concert Online Reservation Form. Ushers are available to assist at each concert.

The Euclid Avenue entrance to Severance Hall is best suited for wheelchair entry, with a convenient drop-off area designated at the curb.


Assistance for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Infrared Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available without charge for most performances in the Concert Hall at Severance Hall. Please request one in advance online in the space provided on the Education Concert Online Reservation Form to indicate special needs, or contact the Education Office at 216-231-7349, or House Manager’s office. Head Ushers can explain how to use the ALD.

Interpretive services may be available for certain events at Severance Hall.  Prior arrangements should be made four weeks in advance. Appropriate seat locations may be necessary. 


Service Animals

Trained guide dogs and service animals are welcome in Severance Hall. Please indicate any special needs when completing Education Concert Online Reservation Form. If you have any questions, please contact the contact the Education Office at 216-231-7349, or the House Manager.



All Smith Lobby restrooms are fully accessible. In addition, private family-accessible restrooms are located in the Smith Lobby and off the Dress Circle Lobby.


Additional Information

The Cleveland Orchestra is strongly committed to making our facilities and performances accessible to all patrons. For more information regarding all of our accessibility services, please visit our Accessibility page.