2023-24 Education Series The Composer's Toolbox

Event Information

  • Dates: February 20-23, 2024 Register Now!
  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Daniel Reith, conductor
  • Venue: Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall

About the Music

MOZART  Overture to Don Giovanni

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR  La tarentelle frétillante from Petite suite de concert

MISSY MAZZOLI  Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)

GRIEG  Morning from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

SHOSTAKOVICH  First Movement from Symphony No. 9

RAVEL  Conversations of Beauty and the Beast from Mother Goose

BRITTEN  The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

 (repertoire subject to change)

Cleveland Orchestra Education Concerts have introduced more than 4.5 million students to live orchestral music since the orchestra was founded in 1918. 

The Composer's Toolbox

In this concert middle school students will discover the funda­mental tools or elements of music that are part of every composer’s toolbox. Melody, harmony, rhythm, form, dynamics, tempo, timbre, and orchestration are just some of the tools composers use to bring their musical ideas to life. Students will hear works by Mozart, Grieg, Coleridge-Taylor, and Missy Mazzoli, as well as Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, an epic piece that showcases all the instruments of the orchestra and the many tools in the composer’s toolbox.

The Orchestra is committed to deepening and expanding our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at every level of our work, to become an organization that better reflects the community it serves. Our Education programs reflect this focus, with repertoire drawn from many countries and cultures that celebrates the artistry of composers and musicians who represent diversity in all its forms.

All concerts will be offered free of charge to students and teachers, and bus subsidies will be available to defray transportation costs for Title 1 schools.


Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Daniel Reith, conductor

All programs and artists are subject to change.

Severance Hall, exterior of front entrance.

Severance Music Center

Severance Music Center is Cleveland’s musical home for symphonic music and other presentations. We are strongly committed to making everyone feel welcome.

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Health & Safety

The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for its musicians, staff, volunteers, and patrons, including students. 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.

Health & Safety protocols for Cleveland Orchestra Education Concerts in March and May 2022 will be announced closer to the concert dates, given the existing uncertainties, especially regarding children under 12.

Any guests who are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms related to a cold or infectious disease are asked to stay home.

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Accessibility Services

Below is a list of the features and services that the Cleveland Orchestra has made available at Severance Hall for this concert.


Wheelchair Access & Seating

The venue's seating has reserved special areas for those attending with the use of a wheelchair. Please indicate any special needs when completing Education Concert Online Reservation Form. Ushers are available to assist at each concert.

The Euclid Avenue entrance to Severance Hall is best suited for wheelchair entry, with a convenient drop-off area designated at the curb.


Assistance for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Infrared Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available without charge for most performances in the Concert Hall at Severance Hall. Please request one in advance online in the space provided on the Education Concert Online Reservation Form to indicate special needs, or contact the Education Office at 216-231-7349, or House Manager’s office. Head Ushers can explain how to use the ALD.

Interpretive services may be available for certain events at Severance Hall.  Prior arrangements should be made four weeks in advance. Appropriate seat locations may be necessary. 


Service Animals

Trained guide dogs and service animals are welcome in Severance Hall. Please indicate any special needs when completing Education Concert Online Reservation Form. If you have any questions, please contact the contact the Education Office at 216-231-7349, 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.