Special Guest Event Stories of Peace, Protest, and Reflection

Event Information

  • Dates: May 2, 2022 Tickets Available
  • Who: Kent School of Music
  • Venue: Mandel Concert Hall Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall

Event Dates and Tickets

Monday, May 2, 2022 7:00PM

Face masks are required for guests attending this concert. Please see our Health & Safety guidelines below for more info.


About the Performance

For the first time in over a decade, the Glauser School of Music returns to Severance for a concert commemorating the tragic Kent State University shootings of May 4, 1970. It will feature ensembles from across the School of Music performing a diverse array of genres from Classical and Jazz to Gospel and World Music. Acclaimed clarinetist David Shifrin—who came to Kent State to attend the Kent Blossom Music Festival shortly after the shootings in 1970—is a featured guest soloist. Multimedia, dance and spoken word will help bring the stories to life. 

David Gillingham | With Heart and Voice
Performers: Kent Wind Ensemble, Kent State Symphony Band, & Kent State Youth Winds

Bobby Selvaggio | I Have a Dream
Performers: Kent State Jazz Studies Instrumental Ensembles and Vocalists, Kent State University Orchestra and Guest Spoken Word Artist Orlando Watson 

Khmer Phothisat with Sung Text
Performers: Kent State Thai Ensemble

Scott Davenport & David Cote | Selections from Blind Injustice

  • “I used to be That Guy” 
  • “Getting the Job Done”
  • “The Wonder of Forensics”

Performers: Kent State Opera Theatre, Choir, Vocal Soloists, Duo Pianos, Brass and Percussion

Frederic Rzewski | Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
Performers: Alena Miskinis and William Baughman, pianos, and Dancers

Davido | FEM
Performers: African Ensemble and Steel Band with Asé Xpressions

Brief Intermission

Francisco Perez | Citadel of the Stars
Performers: Kent State Percussion Ensemble

Adam Roberts | Sometime There Is a Day
Performers: New Music Ensemble

Aaron Copland | Clarinet Concerto
Performers: Guest Soloist David Shifrin and the Kent State University Orchestra

Spiritual | Let There Be Peace on Earth
Performers: Kent State Gospel Choir and Cleveland School of the Arts Singers

Johannes Brahms | “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen”

  • From Ein deutsches Requiem (German Requiem)

Performers: Kent State University Orchestra and Kent State Choirs

Marc Kaplan and Colin Britt | “Be the Change” from the Justice Choir Songbook
Arranged and conducted by Kent State alumnus Bryon Black II
Performers: Kent State University Combined Choirs, Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, African Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble

Severance Hall, exterior of front entrance.

Severance Music Center

Severance Music Center is Cleveland’s home for symphonic music and other presentations, including Jack, Joseph, and Morton 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 is temporarily closed.

Concessions* are available at the following times:

  • 2 hours prior to concert start: Opus Lounge, Lotus Club, and Smith Lobby
  • 1 hour prior to concert start: Grand Foyer, Dress Circle, and Box Lobby
  • Intermission: Grand Foyer, Dress Circle, Box, Ginn Suite
  • Post Concert: Opus Lounge

*All concessions are cashless. 

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The most convenient parking option is Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) Lot 29 Campus Center Garage. The garage is located directly adjacent to Severance Music Center off East Boulevard, and provides stair and elevator access to the hall.

Availability is limited, and pre-paid parking passes for the garage can be added for select performances during checkout.

For more infomation about getting to Severance Music Center and where to park, please visit our Directions & Parking page.

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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. For up to date information, please bookmark this page and visit before you attend your next performance.

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.

Update as of March 18, 2022

As of March 18, guests will no longer be required wear a mask or show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test. Masks and vaccination against Covid-19 are strongly recommended for all guests attending performances at Severance Music Center.

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 are 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. These seating options are available during your seat selection across seating price levels. Ushers are available to assist, especially in the event of a General Admission concert.

There is barrier-free entry to Severance Hall with automatic sliding doors at our garage entrance on Lower Level One in the CWRU Campus Center Garage. There is an elevator for wheelchair access in the center of the garage for travelling from Lower Level Two (the lowest level) to Lower Level One (the level of our arrival entrance). The Euclid Avenue entrance to Severance Hall is best suited for wheelchair entry, with a convenient drop-off area designated at the curb.


Companion Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair companion seating is available for purchase online and through The Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services. Look for a "C" shape on the seating map when making your selection.


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 or by calling the House Manager’s office. You will be asked to provide a driver’s license or ID card upon arrival, which will be held until the return of the device.  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. TTY line access is available at the public pay phone in the Security Office located at the garage entrance.


Assistance for the Blind or Persons with Low Vision

Large Print Programs are available for most Cleveland Orchestra performances at Severance Hall.  These are available at the Coat Room locations or from Head Ushers on each level of the Concert Hall, and at Concert Previews.

For select vocal performances, Braille texts may be available on request with 2 weeks’ notice.


Service Animals

Trained guide dogs and service animals are welcome in Severance Hall. If you have any questions, please contact the Ticket Office 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.