2021-22 Classical Season A new season,
A new beginning

The Cleveland Orchestra welcomes you to Mandel Concert Hall at Severance for more exciting in-person concerts, including opera.

  • Masks and vaccination against Covid-19 are strongly recommended for all guests. Learn More.
  • 2021-22 Classical Season Presenting Sponsor: The J.M. Smucker Co.

Concert Schedule

New Beginnings

Oct 14-17

The Cleveland Orchestra performs together again, onstage in Mandel Concert Hall at Severance for the first time since March 2020, presenting a special concert filled with sonority and meaning.

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Alicia Weilerstein

Walker and Korngold

Oct 21-23

Franz Welser-Möst leads an evening of discovery in works penned by two American legends.

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Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra

Brahms's Requiem

Oct 28

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus reunites after an unprecedented year apart for a special performance of Brahms’s A German Requiem, accompanied by two pianos.

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Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Kanneh-Mason Plays Elgar

Nov 4-7

One of the most gifted young artists onstage today, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason catapulted to international fame with his performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Pictures at an Exhibition

Nov 11 (Cancelled: Nov 13 & 14)

Ravel’s brilliant orchestration of Mussorgsky’s suite of virtuoso pieces for solo piano is one of the great orchestral showpieces.

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Tom Borrow, piano

French Perspectives

Nov 26-27

Popular sister piano duo returns to perform work by American composer and guitarist Bryce Dessner, who has won Grammy Awards both as a classical composer and with his band The National.

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Katie & Mariella Labèque

Levit Plays Brahms

Jan 6-8

Igor Levit, called “one of the essential artists of our time” (The New York Times), brings his probing curiosity, extraordinary musicianship, and immeasurable empathy to Brahms’s towering Second Piano Concerto.

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Igor Levit

Mozart and Dvoƙák

Jan 13-15

Franz Welser-Möst leads the Orchestra in a concert that opens with a charming work with a sentimental connection: the Linz symphony, is named after his hometown.

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Franz Welser-Möst

Jeremy Denk Plays Adams

Feb 4-6 (Date Change: Feb 4)

John Adams's works stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes.

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Blomstedt Conducts Beethoven's Fifth

Feb 10-12

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony opens with perhaps the four most famous notes in all of music. Revolutionary in its time, it is now one of the best-known pieces of music in history.

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Herbert Blomstedt

Mahler's Titan

Feb 17-19

Mahler wrote, “A symphony should be like the world, it should embrace everything,” and his first symphony is just that.

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Stéphane Denève

Mitsuko Uchida Returns

Feb 24-26

Mitsuko Uchida, long-time friend, collaborator, and audience favorite, performs Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto, one of the most important works that came out of his time in America.

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Mitsuko Uchida

Lilacs and Silver Roses

Mar 3-5

Soprano Latonia Moore adds to her appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2022, performing George Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning Lilacs on a program that also includes works by Strauss and Haydn.

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Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Padmore Sings Beethoven and Schubert

Mar 6

Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear these two quintessential interpreters of song in the intimacy of Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance.

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Mitsuko Uchida

Sibelius's Fifth Symphony

Mar 10-12

Similar to Walton, Sibelius also was influenced by the natural world around him, and the Fifth is evocative of the grandeur and isolation of his native Finland.

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Mandel Concert Hall interior

Symphonic Mozart

Mar 24-27

This popular symphony by Mozart and his piano concerto, which is symphonic in style and scope, both composed at the height of his popularity and at the center of musical life in Vienna.

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Dame Jane Glover

Ax Plays Chopin

Apr 7-10

Always a favorite of Cleveland audiences, Emmanuel Ax returns to perform Chopin’s brilliant and virtuosic concerto.

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Emanuel Ax

Tetzlaff Plays Beethoven

Apr 14-16

Known for his musical integrity, technical assurance, and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff is recognized as one of the most exciting and sought after violinists on the classical music scene.

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Christian Tetzlaff

Znaider Plays Sibelius

Apr 21-23

Sibelius loved the violin, writing “when I play, I am filled with a strange feeling; it is as though the insides of the music opened up to me.”

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Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

Evgeny Kissin Solo Piano Recital

Apr 24

Acclaimed pianist Evgeny Kissin returns to perform a solo recital at Severance Music Center’s Mandel Concert Hall for the first time in nearly 25 years, featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin.

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Evgeny Kissin

Tchaikovsky Favorites

Apr 28 - May 1

Eminent conductor Michael Tilson Thomas returns to conduct a program of concert favorites.

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Michael Tilson Thomas

Schubert's Ninth

May 12, 14, & 20

Schubert’s ninth symphony, called “The Great”, is a genuine symphonic masterpiece … there is mastery in the compositional technique, subtle and fine shadings of color, brilliant Romantic melodies.

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Franz Welser-Möst
Otello in Concert
May 21, 26, & 29

Jealousy, betrayal, and murder… from the opening tempest scene to the spine-tingling finish, Giuseppe Verdi's thrilling operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy crackles with theatrical electricity.

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Breaking Convention: Program I

May 27

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra and soprano Latonia Moore through the works of Reinvere, Gubaidulina, and Walker.

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Breaking Convention: Program II

May 28

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra and organist Iveta Apkalna through the works of Ives, Shostakovich, Gubaidulina, Glass, Walker, and Barber.

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Iveta Apkalna