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Friday, October 2, 2009

Cleveland Orchestra debuts Fridays@7 series at Severance Hall on October 9

CLEVELAND Music Director Franz Welser-Mst will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in its first Fridays@7 concert at Severance Hall on Friday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m. The program features Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67, preceded by his Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Opus 58, with Mitsuko Uchida as soloist.

The new Fridays@7 series offers early-evening programs that are about 75 minutes long, performed straight through, followed by informal performances of music curated by Cleveland percussionist Jamey Haddad. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with bars open to serve drinks and light food. Each concert begins at 7 p.m. and runs without intermission. After the concert, audience members can move to the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer just outside the Concert Hall and sample interesting cuisine, enjoy cocktails, and mingle with musicians while listening to world music.

On October 9, the featured group performing after the concert is Cyro Baptista's Beat the Donkey, an eight-person world-beat group that takes its name from the Brazilian expression "Pau Na Mula," meaning "Let's go, let's do it!"

Additional Fridays@7 programs this season:

November 20: Cello and Space with Alisa Weilerstein and guest conductor Jonathan Nott

January 8, 2010: Tragedy to Triumph, with guest conductor Jaap van Zweden leading Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4

February 19, 2010: Musical Obsession, with Music Director Franz Welser-Mst conducting orchestral excerpts of music by Richard Wagner

April 30, 2010: Royal Drums & Trumpets, with baroque specialist Bernard Labadie guest-conducting Handel's Water Music

TICKET PRICES: Orchestra: $71, $47; Dress Circle: $93, $55; Balcony: $71, $55, $31.
The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along East Boulevard. Single tickets for all concerts in the 2009-10 season are now on sale.
Severance Hall Ticket Office Hours:
M-F 9-6
Sat. 10-6
Closed Sundays and major holidays, except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office opens three hours prior to the performance start time.
To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (Cleveland) or 800-686-1141 during the regular ticket office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestra's website at The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings.

For evening subscription concerts at Severance Hall, parking can be purchased for $10 per vehicle, when space permits, in the Campus Center Garage (the underground garage located directly behind Severance Hall). Pre-paid parking for the Campus Center Garage can be purchased in advance through the Ticket Office at the cost of $14 per concert (this includes City of Cleveland parking tax and handling fee). The pre-paid parking ensures patrons a parking space, but availability of these pre-paid parking passes is limited.
For further information, or to order pre-paid parking, patrons should call the Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Office during regular office hours at (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141. Pre-paid parking passes are also available through The Cleveland Orchestra's website at

Friday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m.
Severance Hall
Fridays@7 Concert

New Fridays@7 concerts are performed without intermission, last approximately 75 minutes, and are followed by food, drinks, mingling with musicians, and live performances of world music.


BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Ticket Prices: $31-$93 Call (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at

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