The Cleveland Orchestra tells stories in Severance Hall without using a single word.
This spring the orchestra wraps up its 101st season under the baton of music director Franz Welser-Möst.
“I love getting to know all the groups — from students to music fans traveling from near and far — who visit Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center to experience a Cleveland Orchestra concert,” said Jackie Nachman, Cleveland Orchestra sales manager. “I love helping plan group visits, ensuring their time with us is a memorable one. The Cleveland Orchestra is a world-class orchestra and Severance Hall is considered to be one of the best concert halls in the country and world for its stunning architecture and acoustics. Our team strives to make the entire guest experience match that same level of excellence which The Cleveland Orchestra produces each time they perform.”
Groups of 10 or more receive special pricing, priority seating, free motorcoach parking and coupons for 10 percent-off at the Cleveland Orchestra store for the group.
Other group amenities at Severance Hall include concert previews, dining and private receptions, and tours of the facility.
Severance Hall opened in 1931 as the orchestra’s home. The building is named for Cleveland philanthropist John L. Severance and his wife, Elisabeth, who initially pledged $1 million for its construction. Elisabeth died unexpectedly early in the design process, and John Severance made additional contributions toward the building in her memory.
Tours reveal a combination of design styles, including art deco, Egyptian revival, classicism and modernism.
The stage of the main concert hall has been redesigned twice, both times to improve the acoustics, and the second time to improve the architectural marriage with the auditorium.
Lotus flower designs — Elisabeth Severance’s favorite flower — are found throughout the building.
Tours last from 45 minutes to an hour.
For more information on The Cleveland Orchestra, call 216-231-7493 or visit clevelandorchestra.com.