2021-22 Classical Season New Beginnings
Dates: October 14-17, 2021 Tickets Available
Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Venue: Severance Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall
Event Dates and Tickets
Thursday, October 14, 2021 7:30PM
Sunday, October 17, 2021 3:00PM
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About the Music
STRAUSS Macbeth, Symphonic Poem after Shakespeare’s Drama
TOWER A New Day (for cello and orchestra)
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5
An evening to celebrate and begin a new season. The Cleveland Orchestra performs together again, onstage in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance for the first time since March 2020, presenting a special concert filled with sonority and meaning.
Cleveland favorite cellist Alisa Weilerstein offers a Cleveland Orchestra premiere by one of today’s most significant musical creators, American composer Joan Tower. The program begins with a chilling tone poem by Richard Strauss and ends with Prokofiev’s most popular symphony — conveying appreciation for the small, simple comforts of everyday life, composed in 1944 as World War II had finally turned in the Allies’ favor.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Pre-concert talk with:
Music Director, The Cleveland Orchestra
President & CEO, The Cleveland Orchestra
Concert Previews are free to all ticket holders. They're held prior to every Cleveland Orchestra subscription concert, beginning one hour before the performance in Reinberger Chamber Hall.
Physical program books, including large-print versions, will be available at the performance.
Distinguished Service Award
Joela Jones is the 2021 recipient of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Distinguished Service Award, recognizing her extraordinary artistic achievements, along with her contributions to the Orchestra and the Greater Cleveland community. The presentation of the award will occur this Thursday, October 14, 2021 (opening night of the 2021-22 season).
Celebrate Joela's history with us by listening to some of her most memorable performances, watch a short film on her life as a musician, and join us in Mandel Concert Hall this week for her final two performances as principal keyboard with The Cleveland Orchestra.
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.
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
*Currently, all concessions are accepting cash only.
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 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 and where to park, please visit our Directions & Parking page.
Health & Safety
The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for its musicians, patrons, staff, and volunteers. To ensure your experience with The Cleveland Orchestra is as safe as possible, we continue to consult with The Cleveland Clinic and local public health authorities for health and safety guidelines.
Any guests who are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms related to a cold or infectious disease are asked to stay home.
Proof of Vaccination or Negative PCR Test
Guests will be required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination of a World Health Organization (WHO) or U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved or authorized vaccine, with vaccination completed at least two weeks prior to the performance date. Alternatively, guests who cannot be vaccinated may provide proof of a negative PCR test that has been completed within 72 hours of performance date. Ticket holders will receive specific instructions on how to provide this information for entry in advance of the performance or event.
Proof of vaccination or negative PCR test result must be presented every time when entering Severance through one of the following methods:
- Touchless verification using the CLEAR App.
- By showing original vaccination card or a photograph of it on a cellphone, along with a valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID.
Face Mask Requirement
Every guest, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a face covering at all times and in all areas of Severance, 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 upon entry to Severance.
Children under the age of 12
Children under 12 who cannot be vaccinated must provide a proof of a negative PCR test that has been completed within 72 hours of performance date and wear a mask at all times at concerts and events at Severance.
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.
We are continuing to meet HV/AC air filtration and circulation system requirements, implement enhanced cleaning procedures, and provide hand sanitizer throughout Severance.
Below is a list of the features and services that The Cleveland Orchestra has made available in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance 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 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 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 Severance 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 Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert 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. 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 in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert 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.
Trained guide dogs and service animals are welcome at Severance. 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.
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.