2021-22 Classical Season Breaking Convention: Program I
Dates: May 27, 2022 Tickets Available
Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Venue: Mandel Concert Hall Severance Music Center
Event Dates and Tickets
Friday, May 27, 2022 7:30PM
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Face masks are required for guests attending this concert. Please see our Health & Safety guidelines below for more info.
About the Music
REINVERE Norilsk, the Daffodils
WALKER Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra
GUBAIDULINA Light of the End
Inspired by the themes of Verdi's Otello, the two Breaking Convention programs highlight composers who have courageously charted their own artistic paths with little allegiance to convention. Incorporating influences from Black spirituals, Shakespeare, Indian Vedas, Whitman, and Wordsworth, these works showcase music's unique power to transcend boundaries.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Nicole Cabell*, soprano
*Soprano Latonia Moore has withdrawn from the Friday, May 27 performance of George Walker’s Lilacs due to illness. Soprano Nicole Cabell has graciously stepped in to perform in her place.
Physical program books, including large-print versions, will be available at the performance.
Honoring Black Composers
Friday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Music Center
Join Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra in a prelude concert entitled “Honoring Black Composers.” The program showcases music by African American Classical composers, past and present, including some Ohio natives! Composers include Dolores White, H. Leslie Adams, Brian Raphael Nabors, William Grant Still, George Walker, and Melika Fitzhugh. These performances will run for 30 minutes as a prelude for the evening concerts in Reinberger Chamber Hall. The prelude concerts are free with limited availability.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.