Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, Cleveland

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Severance Hall is a concert hall located in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. The hall has been the home of the Cleveland Orchestra since its opening on February 5, 1931. Severance Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Wade Park District.
Prior to the construction of Severance Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra first performed in the much smaller Grays Armory in downtown Cleveland, and then moved two miles east to the Masonic Auditorium for concerts throughout the 1920s. However, both buildings were used by other groups and for a variety of different kinds of presentations. Most famously, the Orchestra twice had to arrange alternative concert locations from Grays Armory on short notice due to a scheduling conflict with a poultry exhibition. The Orchestra's administration came to recognize the advantages that having its own hall could bring to the ensemble's performances through consistent availability of such a hall for rehearsals, radio broadcasts, and other musical purposes.
After much encouragement from the orchestra's founder Adella Prentiss Hughes and its then Music Director Nikolai Sokoloff, plans for Severance Hall materialized using land offered from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University) at $1 per year and funds from public fundraising and local philanthropists. The conceiver and biggest funder of the project was industrial magnate and philanthropist John Long Severance (8 May 1863 - 16 January 1936), who donated $1 million towards development and named the hall after his recently deceased wife Elisabeth Dewitt Severance. Despite the economic difficulties of the Great Depression, construction began in 1929 and finished in 1931. To visit Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall on your holiday in Cleveland, and find out what else Cleveland has to offer, use our Cleveland.
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  • One of the most beautiful concert halls I have ever seen and home of one of the best orchestras in the world! Surreal experience and venue. Absolute must, especially on a concert night. 
    One of the most beautiful concert halls I have ever seen and home of one of the best orchestras in the world! Surreal experience and venue. Absolute must, especially on a concert night.  more »
  • Gorgeous art deco inspired concert hall with the fantastic acoustics! A night out is a wonderful feast for the eyes & ears. The seats can be a bit small for some,but overall padded & comfortable... 
    Gorgeous art deco inspired concert hall with the fantastic acoustics! A night out is a wonderful feast for the eyes & ears. The seats can be a bit small for some,but overall padded & comfortable...  more »
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  • Loved the architectural details and decor-beautiful. We received a warm welcome. It was clean. Everything was done in an orderly fashion. Security was great. The performance and music were outstanding. We loved it!
  • Beautiful place to listen to beautiful music played by a wonderful orchestra, as well as other shows the venue puts on. Restrooms are pretty pathetic. One of the only places a male has to wait in a 5 minute line to utilize. I know the place is old but sometimes progress and revitalizing modern conveniences is a good thing. Upper concession - 1 person manning a drink stand during intermission is just dumb, and I'm guessing those in charge of Severance are not dumb people. Have someone else lend a hand, have premade drinks, limit options, train for optimized use of credit machines. Anything really would improve the line that can't be cleared during an intermission. Complaints aside it's always an amazing experience. Wear depends and don't bother with concession and it's even more amazing.

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