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Cleveland Orchestra announces new “Summers@Severance” series 2014

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The Cleveland Orchestra will be expanding its summer offerings with three Friday night concerts

The new series of classical concerts to add to the resurgent vitality of University Circle and Uptown neighborhoods

The “Summers@Severance” concerts are sponsored by Thompson Hine LPP as part of an initiative to expand concert offerings

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a new series of concerts titled “Summers@ Severance” that are to be performed on three Fridays in August at Severance Hall. The concerts will take place on August 1, 15 and 29, 2014 with each concert beginning at 7:00 p.m. This is the first time in decades that the Orchestra has presented a series of ticketed summer concerts in Cleveland and is designed to expand the Orchestra’s summer offerings while showcasing The Cleveland Orchestra as an integral part of the University Circle neighborhood throughout the year.

“With the renewed vitality and ongoing success of University Circle and Uptown as a thriving urban neighborhood, we believe that The Cleveland Orchestra can be an active part of that growth and excitement throughout the year,” said Gary Hanson, the Orchestra’s executive director, in announcing the new series. “The Cleveland Orchestra has branched out in recent years. We are experimenting with different kinds of programming, and want to continue developing new series to serve Northeast Ohio. Summers@Severance expands beyond the Orchestra’s annual Blossom Music Festival concerts, giving classical concertgoers more options and more music.”

The “Summers@Severance” programs are being created in the hopes of creating popular orchestral programming at an accessible time for families while taking advantage of the exceptional acoustics of Severance Hall. Each performance will be presented in collaboration with important Cleveland institutions as the Orchestra strives to be an integral part of life in Northeast Ohio.

“The Cleveland Orchestra is a major cornerstone of the University Circle neighborhood,” commented Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc. “We are extraordinarily excited to have the Orchestra opening its doors for Summers@Severance. These concerts will join together with a wide array of summertime activities and festivities, from the fun of Wade Oval Wednesdays to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s MIX event mingling, from Parade the Circle to special exhibits at museums and more unusual performances of theater and music with Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and to the new visual arts scene at MOCA and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Great arts make great neighborhoods.”

The August 15 concert will be taking place during the Cleveland hosting of the 2014 Gay Games which will be running from August 9 through 16, 2014 and will be one of the several official cultural events tied to the Games.

The August 29 concert will be partnered with area colleges and universities as a special kick-off to the fall semester as well as the Orchestra’s ongoing program to draw young people to the concerts through the year.

“As long-time supporters, we are delighted to be sponsoring The Cleveland Orchestra’s ongoing work in building new audiences and providing opportunities for younger audiences to connect with the Orchestra,” said Deborah Read, managing partner of Cleveland-based law firm Thompson Hine LLP, the corporate sponsor for the Summers@Severance series. “The Orchestra is having significant success developing new programming that has greater appeal to particular audiences, and we are pleased to be supporting this success. Music is uplifting and inspiring for all audiences — and no one plays it better than The Cleveland Orchestra.”

“A concert is both a musical and social experience,” said Hanson. “Inspired by the popular success of our KeyBank Fridays@7 and Celebrity Series, we want to offer concertgoers an entire evening — of music together with a relaxing and inviting time to spend with friends. We are inviting everyone to linger after the concert on these beautiful summer evenings to enjoy the outdoors with fellow concertgoers on the Front Terrace of Severance Hall. What can be better than discussing a great concert over a glass of wine or a beer, on a beautiful evening with friends?”

The Front Terrace of Severance Hall will be open before and after each concert, with beverage service and seating areas. Special “happy hour” drink prices will be offered in the hour prior to each concert, with attendees encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the outdoors.

Ticket Information

Series tickets (all three concerts as a package) for the Summers@Severance series are now on sale through the Ticket Office or online atclevelandorchestra.com. Individual tickets go on sale beginning Monday, June 9. For more information about purchasing tickets, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or visitclevelandorchestra.com.

The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located on street level inside the Smith Lobby. The Ticket Office entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are on the west side of the building, along East Boulevard. Severance Hall Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and, from September through May, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed Sundays and holidays except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office is open three hours prior to a performance).

Summers@Severance 2014 Schedule

Sponsored by Thompson Hine LLP

“Summer Romance”
Friday, August 1, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Severance Hall
The Cleveland Orchestra
Johannes Debus, conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Ravel – Pavane for a Dead Princess
Ravel – Piano Concerto in G major
Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances

“The Beethoven Experience”
Friday, August 15, 2014
7:00 p.m. at Severance Hall
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jahja Ling, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
Blossom Festival Chorus
Beethoven – Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
Beethoven – Symphony No. 4
Beethoven – Choral Fantasy (for orchestra, chorus, and piano)
“Franz and Brahms”

Friday, August 29, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Severance Hall
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Joshua Smith, flute
Widmann – Lied
Widmann – Flûte en suite (for flute and orchestra)
Brahms – Symphony No. 1

All programs, artists and prices are subject to change

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