2021-22 Classical Season Pictures at an Exhibition

Event Information

  • Dates: November 11-14, 2021 Nov. 13 & 14 Concerts Cancelled

  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Thierry Fischer, conductor

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

Event Dates and Tickets

Thursday, November 11, 2021 7:30PM

Saturday, November 13, 2021 8:00PM

Sunday, November 14, 2021 3:00PM

The Cleveland Orchestra regrets having to cancel its November 13 & 14 performances of Pictures at an Exhibition.

These cancellations were due to a positive COVID case in the Orchestra, and is in accordance with our COVID protocols developed in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic to protect our musicians, staff, volunteers, and audience members.

Ticket holders will be provided with a "Response Form" link via email to donate tickets as a tax deductible contribution or request a full refund to the original form of payment. They may also exchange tickets for a future concert on clevelandorchestra.com or by contacting the Ticket Office at 216-231-1111 or boxoffice@clevelandorchestra.com.

Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. We expect the phones will be busy over the next several days as a result of theses cancellations. Ticket Office staff will return messages as soon as possible and will be happy to take care of ticket exchanges, donations or refunds for this concert over the coming week. The public’s understanding and patience is appreciated.


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.


About the Music

MESSIAEN  Les Offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings)

RAVEL  Piano Concerto in G major

MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL  Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)

Ravel’s brilliant orchestration of Mussorgsky’s suite of virtuoso pieces for solo piano is one of the great orchestral showpieces. Mussorgsky was deeply affected by the death of his friend, the painter Viktor Hartmann, and conceived of the suite as a musical memorial with each movement depicting one of the artist’s fanciful works, featuring such diverse subject matter as chicks in their shells, a medieval castle, an ox cart, and a French market. The concert is rounded out with Ravel’s jazz and Mozart-inspired masterpiece of a concerto.

Previously announced conductor Semyon Bychkov regrets having to cancel his engagement in Cleveland. Thierry Fischer has graciously agreed to conduct the evenings’ concerts. Dvořák’s In Nature’s Realm and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 will be replaced by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel) and Messiaen’s Les Offrandes oubliées.


Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Thierry Fischer, conductor
Tom Borrow, piano


Program Book

Physical program books, including large-print versions, will be available at the performance.

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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.



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.

Directions & Parking

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 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.


Service Animals

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.


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.