Summers@Severance: Beethoven's Fateful Fifth
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Summers@Severance: Beethoven's Fateful Fifth

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor


A warm summer evening… a sublime night of music…
And a fresh approach to Friday nights!

An after-work treat: Escape the summer heat with three summer concert experiences we’ve hand-crafted for you – then let the gentle summer breezes wash over you as you relax outdoors on the beautiful Front Terrace of Severance Hall with great drinks and great company.

Special “happy hour” pricing will be offered in the hour prior to the concert, so arrive early – and linger afterwards, too!

At a Glance
BEETHOVEN - Overture to Egmont
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 1
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 5

The Cleveland Orchestra's
Summers@Severance series

is sponsored by Thompson Hine LLP.


5:30 p.m. Pre-Concert Starters

Arrive early for a pre-concert happy hour with cocktails and appetizers

7 p.m. Summers@Severance:  BEETHOVEN'S FATEFUL FIFTH
“Fate knocking at the door.”
 This symphony opens with perhaps the four most famous notes in all of music.  Revolutionary in its time, it is now perhaps the best known piece of music in history. 

8:30 p.m. After-Party on the Outdoor Terrace

Stay into the evening and enjoy refreshing cocktails and lite bites on the beautiful outdoor terrace. Severance Hall stays open for the evening, with DJ Brad Petty spinning soft house and electronica.

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Program Book

Information and background about the music are printed in program books distributed free-of-charge at most Cleveland Orchestra concerts. The program notes are usually available on-line ahead of time (see links below).

On-Line FlipBook
Click or tap here to read this week's program book as an online flipbook, best viewed on a desktop or tablet computer.
(Summer@Severance 2017:  July 14 and 28, August 18)

Mobile-Friendly ExpressBook (
Or click or tap here to read about the concert on your phone with our mobile-friendly ExpressBook, available the week of the concert.

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Severance Restaurant at Severance Hall is operated by Marigold Catering and features contemporary American cuisine in an elegant setting.  The restaurant is perfect for a quick bite before the concert, a leisurely dinner, post-concert dessert and drinks, or even a custom-catered reception for a special event.  Severance Restaurant is open for all Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and Cleveland Pops Orchestra concerts. 

Click here to view the special dininng options for this concert

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A variety of parking options are available for concerts at Severance Hall, including guaranteed pre-paid parking passes (purchased through the Ticket Office or via this website) for many but not all events.

The Case Western Reserve University Campus Center Garage is located directly adjacent to Severance Hall (parking entrance is off East Boulevard), with stair and elevator access to Severance Hall.  Event parking in the Campus Center Garage can be purchased for $11 per vehicle when space permits. However, the garage often fills up well before concert time and only patrons who purchase pre-paid parking passes are ensured a parking space. 

close croppedPre-Paid Parking for the Campus Center Garage can be purchased for many concerts in advance for $15 per concert by calling the Ticket Office or through this website.  Pre-paid parking guarantees you a space, but availability of pre-paid parking passes is limited.  

If you are purchasing online via this website, you will have the opportunity after selecting your concert tickets to add pre-paid parking (if pre-paid parking is available for your performance) to your order.  Please note that each pre-paid parking pass is for a specific date and concert).

If you have already purchased concert tickets, you can still purchase pre-paid parking online by locating the car icon at the top righthand side of this page.  The text with the icon will show you whether pre-paid parking is availble.  Click on the link.

Parking can also be purchased through the Ticket Office by calling 216-231-1111.

Limited additional event parking is available in the Case Western Reserve University Lot 1 off Euclid Avenue across from Severance Hall, or at the University Circle Lot 13A on Adelbert Road, and at the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking garage on East Boulevard.  Space at these lots may be particularly limited during weekday daytime hours.  Some on-street parking is also available, but often fills up well before curtain time.

For a printable map of parking areas surrounding Severance Hall, click here.

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