Special Exhibition The Magic Lens: A Photographic Journey by Chuck Stewart

Event Information

  • Dates: April 11, 2024 April 11, 2024 – May 26, 2024
  • Who: Chuck Stewart Photographer
  • Venue: Severance Music Center The Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer

The exhibition will be available from April 11 - May 26, 2024 in the Grand Foyer of Severance Music Center.

About the Event

Hosted in Severance Music Center’s Grand Foyer, this exhibition invites visitors to explore the world of Mozart's masterpiece in a new evocative light — through Chuck Stewart's camera lens. The Magic Lens: A Photographic Journey by Chuck Stewart is a visual symphony, harmonizing three themes: the power of sound, presence, and purpose, providing a fresh perspective on the enduring appeal of The Magic Flute. Viewers will be able to immerse themselves in the rich literal and metaphorical pictorial journeys of Stewart, navigating life's labyrinth with his magical flute — his camera. 

Chuck Stewart (1927–2017) was one of the most prolific photographers of the 20th century. With more than 800,000 images in his archive, Stewart has left an indelible mark on documentary photography and photojournalism traditions. Born in Henrietta, Texas, he discovered his passion for photography at an early age when his mother gifted him a 616 Box-Brownie camera for his 13th birthday. His career was subsequently born and spanned the last seven decades. Stewart’s works have graced the covers of more than 2,000 album covers including Nina Simone’s Little Girl Blue and Gil Scott Heron’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, and have garnered recognition from esteemed institutions including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Harvard University, and the British Museum. 

“It’s probably easier to ask me whom haven’t I photographed than to tell you who I have. But if there’s a historic moment in American music, social or cultural history that you’re curious about, chances are I was there or have photographs of somebody who was.” — Chuck Stewart 

About the Festival

Since its premiere in 1791, Mozart’s The Magic Flute has charmed audiences with its enchanting story and entrancing score. But beneath its magic bells, ominous serpents, vengeful queens, and mystical quests lies a carefully attuned study of power.

Reason, embodied by Enlightenment ideals that the Freemasons embraced, duals with superstition; science and wisdom vie with ignorance; and light combats darkness. Rising above them all, the power of love — for a companion, a child, a community, or humankind — has the unique ability to transcend these divides.

The second Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival delves into these competing forces — as they play out in Mozart’s beloved opera, as well as across nature, society, and within the state of humanity itself. Anchored by a new staged production of The Magic Flute featuring The Cleveland Orchestra, Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, and a cast of renowned singers, the festival will include a fascinating array of performances, conversations, and exhibitions. Over the course of two extended weekends from May 15 to May 26, 2024, community partners from across the Greater Cleveland area and luminaries from around the globe will come together to examine and debate many of the power structures embedded in our world today.


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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, Reinberger Chamber Hall, and the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer. 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.