SEVERANCE HALL

self-medicating with Russian masters

 

C O N S O L E D  

 

January 2015

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I originally bought a ticket to hear the amazing Cleveland Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and the work of other Russian masters as a reward for reaching a personal goal. Well as the timing of these things sometimes works out, the music also served as a balm at a time when I needed one.

Music can be calming, energizing, moving… so many things. Yes. At the same time, Severance Hall is, to me, one of the most beautiful buildings in town, with an interior full of Art Deco details, silvers, golds, blues, marble. Like being in a beautiful, acoustically marvelous cocoon.

Severance Hall, across the street from Wade Lagoon in University Circle, has been the home of the Cleveland Orchestra since it opened in February 1931. Philanthropists John and Elisabeth Severance donated $1 million towards the development of the hall, and the project was completed despite the Great Depression and the unexpected passing of Mrs. Severance. And there we come full circle—to loss, and the soothing power of Severance Hall and the orchestra.

With so many options, I have to ask, plain and simple, what’s your favorite feature or element in Severance Hall?

Severance Hall Texture

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