2022-23 Classical Season Dawn's Early Light

Event Information

  • Dates: May 4-6, 2023 Tickets Available
  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Alisa Weilerstein, cello
  • Venue: Mandel Concert Hall Severance Music Center

Event Dates and Tickets

Thursday, May 4, 2023 7:30PM

Saturday, May 6, 2023 8:00PM


Saturday's concert will be livestreamed on medici.tv.

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About the Music


BARBER  Cello Concerto

PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 4 (revised 1947 version)

Cleveland-born cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins Music Director Franz Welser-Möst to perform Barber’s “lyric and romantic” Cello Concerto, a piece praised for its “Brahms-like grandeur.” Written while Barber was serving in the U.S. military during World War II, the concerto is bookended by the world premiere of Allison Loggins-Hull’s Can You See? and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 4 (revised 1947 version), a fascinating work that was premiered in Boston before Prokofiev reworked it upon return to the Soviet Union. 


Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello


Program Notes

Discover informative commentary and background information about the music, composers, and performing artists featured in this program.

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Prelude Concert

Honoring Black Composers

May 4 at 6:30 PM in Reinberger Chamber Hall
May 6 at 7:00 PM in Reinberger Chamber Hall

Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Music Center

Join Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra for a performance honoring black composers. Prelude concerts are curated by Cleveland Orchestra Composer Fellow Allison Loggins-Hull, whose symphonic work “Can You See?” premieres on the evening concert.


SIMON Warmth from Other Suns; I. Rays of Light 

Wei-Fang Gu, violin
Jeffrey Zehngut, violin
Eliesha Nelson, viola
David Alan Harrell, cello


NDODANA-BREEN  Three Tales of African Migration; Safika I and II

Isabel Trautwein, violin
Yun-Ting Lee, violin
William Bender, viola
Brian Thornton, cello
Daniel Overly, piano



Joshua Smith, flute
Amy Zoloto, clarinet
Jessica Lee, violin
Charles Bernard, cello
Thomas Sherwood, percussion
Daniel Overly, piano

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

Directions & Parking

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

Our 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 Music Center 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 traveling 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.