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The Cleveland Orchestra announces concert programs celebrating the holiday season

Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual Christmas Concerts are a local tradition, and Severance Hall is a dazzling wintertime destination for families and friends across northeast Ohio.

On Friday, December 13, this year’s series of a dozen concerts conducted by Richard Kaufman begins amidst the holiday splendor of Severance Hall, featuring The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Chamber Ensemble, Blossom Festival Chorus, and three guest choruses — Wooster Chorus from The College of Wooster, Cleveland State University Chorale, and Ursuline College Choir.  See the calendar listing below for full program details.

These festive concerts will feature a selection of holiday favorites, including O Come All Ye Faithful, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and Silent Night.  See the calendar listing below for dates and times.

This season, the Orchestra is also presenting the classic holiday film "It’s a Wonderful Life" in concert on Thursday, December 12.  Conducted by the Orchestra’s assistant conductor, Vinay Parameswaran, the beloved film will be shown on the big screen while the orchestra performs the score live.
For the youngest members of your family, the PNC Music Explorers series includes two matinee performances by the Christmas Brass Quintet on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14, featuring members of The Cleveland Orchestra.  The quintet will entice young audience members (ages 3–6) to sing and clap along with a beloved selection of holiday tunes.  Children under 18 are free for these concerts with purchase of an adult ticket.
Ticket Information
Tickets are available online at or by calling the Cleveland Orchestra ticket office at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141.  Christmas concerts are expected to sell out, so purchasing tickets early is encouraged.
The Severance Hall ticket office is located on street level in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute parking are along the west side of the building, on East Boulevard.  Severance Hall ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Closed Sundays and holidays except for those days with performances, when the ticket office opens three hours before each concert.)
Dining at Severance Hall: Lunch with Santa Claus
Concertgoers attending matinee performances of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Christmas Concerts on December 14, 15, 21, and 22 can enjoy a special holiday lunch with Santa Claus at Severance Restaurant before the performance.  For reservations, call Severance Restaurant at 216-231-7373.

Severance Hall
Friday, December 13, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 19, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 20, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 22, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 22, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.