Listening to a concert given by the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra is one of the best things you can do while visiting Cleveland. One of the finest, most sought-after music ensembles in the world, the Cleveland Orchestra features excellent concerts throughout the year at its usual performance space, Severance Hall, which is located Cleveland’s University Circle District. During the summer time, the orchestra gives concerts farther east at Blossom Music Center.
Currently under the leadership of music director Franz Welser-Most, the Cleveland Orchestra has enjoyed important residencies in the United States and Europe, has put out several CDs and radio broadcasts. The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the “Big Five” orchestras, the others being those of New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston. It isdearly loved by fans in Cleveland and around the world. Featured in many of the Cleveland Orchestra’s concerts, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus is world-renowned and goes on tour every year. Sometimes the orchestra and chorus collaborate with the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus, a fantastic chorus of pre-highschool children.
Not only are the orchestra and choruses spectacular, but Severance Hall is also a wonder. Built for the Cleveland Orchestra in 1931, Severance Hall is the location for the majority of the orchestra’s concerts. The construction of the orchestra was made possible due to donations given by industrial magnate and philanthropist, John Severance. Devastated by the death of his wife, Severance named the hall after her. In fact, the walls of the hall were designed according to the pattern on her wedding dress. Most who come to listen to the orchestra also enjoy admiring the architecture concert hall and the other rooms of Severance Hall.
Severance Restaurant, located on the street level of Severance Hall, is a great place to have a leisurely dinner before a concert. The restaurant offers American cuisine and views of the Wade Lagoon and Fine Arts Garden of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The restaurant is popular, so be sure to make a reservation.
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