2022-23 Classical Season Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony
Dates: April 6-8, 2023 Tickets Available
Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Rafael Payare, conductor
Venue: Mandel Concert Hall Severance Music Center
Event Dates and Tickets
Thursday, April 6, 2023 7:30PM
Friday, April 7, 2023 7:30PM
Saturday, April 8, 2023 8:00PM
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About the Music
BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5
In 1937 at the height of the Stalinist purges, Shostakovich was in disgrace — an outcast who feared for his life. (He slept in the stairwell outside his apartment so that his family might be spared if he were arrested.) In these darkest moments, he somehow found the courage to write his Fifth Symphony, publishing it with the ironic subtitle “A Soviet Artist’s Reply to Just Criticism.” Its unsettling opening movement captures the shifting, uncertain mood of the time, and leads to an exultant finale proclaiming that all is heroic, bright, and beautiful. The work was both critical and political salvation for the composer.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Rafael Payare, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Severance Music Center
Severance is Cleveland’s musical home for symphonic music and other presentations, including the 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
Concessions are available at the following times:
- 2 hours prior to concert start: Opus Lounge, Lotus Club, and Smith Lobby, Lotus Club+
- 1 hour prior to concert start: Grand Foyer, Dress Circle, and Box Lobby, Box Lobby, and Ginn Suite+
- Intermission: Grand Foyer, Dress Circle, Box, Ginn Suite, Lotus Club+, Ginn Suite+
- Post-Concert: Opus Lounge
+ Lotus Club and Ginn Suite access are Donor family benefits! Learn more about how you can elevate your Pre-Concert and Intermission experience here.
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 information about getting to Severance and where to park, please visit our Directions & Parking 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.