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Cleveland Orchestra holds first public concert at Severance Music Center since March 2020

The opening night performance will mark the start of the Cleveland Orchestra’s 104th season.

CLEVELAND — For the first time in 19 months, the Cleveland Orchestra played in front of an audience at Severance Music Center Thursday night. 

The October 14 show opened the Cleveland Orchestra's 2021-22 season with a performance featuring Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. It will be the first public concert at Severance since March of 2020.

The Cleveland Orchestra has put COVID-19 protocols into place for their performances at Severance Music Center. Those in attendance must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test and also wear a face covering. The health and safety guidelines are asked to be reviewed before coming to Severance, and they can be found here.

Following a $50 million grant from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Cleveland Orchestra now calls its main performance space the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall. Severance Hall, the orchestra’s home since 1931 and named after John L. Severance, is now Severance Music Center.  

The grant is the largest gift in the orchestra's history. 

In a release, the Cleveland Orchestra said $31.5 million will be dedicated to its endowment, the orchestra’s financial foundation and supporting an opera and humanities festival. Other funds in the grant will go toward supporting and expanding the orchestra’s programs and partnerships. 

Click here for a list of future performances by the Cleveland Orchestra and how you can purchase tickets.

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