Cleveland Orchestra Announces 2013 Holiday Festival - Natalie Cole & More, 12/1-22
The Cleveland Orchestra announces its 2013 Holiday Festival, scheduled for December 1-22. This season's Festival begins with two PNC Holiday Musical Rainbows programs, offered for families with children ages three and up - "Music of Chanukah" and "Christmas Brass Quintet," featuring members of the Orchestra and guests. The "Music of Chanukah" program will be presented once at The Temple-Tifereth Israel on December 1, and the "Christmas Brass Quintet" in two performances at Severance Hall onDecember 13 and 14.
Multiple Grammy Award-winner Natalie Cole will appear with The Cleveland Orchestra on December 11. The daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole, Ms. Cole is famed for her interpretation of classic American songs and R&B hits such as "Unforgettable" and "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)." Natalie Cole and The Cleveland Orchestra join in a program that features a selection of favorites and Holiday hits from her award-winning albums. Ms. Cole's career spans more than 30 years, during which she has sold millions of records, won nine Grammy Awards, and has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Touched by an Angel andGrey's Anatomy. Natalie Cole has just released a new album featuring timeless Latin hits, titled Natalie Cole En Español.
The Cleveland Orchestra and Choruses join forces for nine concerts of traditional Christmas favorites at Severance Hall between December 13 and 22. These seasonal programs will include "The Twelve Days of Christmas," the "Hallelujah" Chorus from Handel's Messiah, and "Sleigh Ride," among other favorites, plus sing-alongs and a very special guest. Families can arrive early for the2:30 p.m. Christmas Concerts on December 14, 15, 21, and 22 to have Lunch with Santa in Severance Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Call 216-231-7373, or visit clevelandorchestra.com for reservations.
In addition to the traditional series of Christmas Concerts by The Cleveland Orchestra and Choruses, the Holiday Festival will include a one-night-only showing of the film Home Alone. This holiday favorite will be presented on a large screen above the stage at Severance Hall on December 18. The Cleveland Orchestra performs the musical score to the movie. This performance marks the first time that a symphony orchestra performs the musical score live for a screening of the film.
Severance Restaurant is open for each of the Holiday Festival concerts in Severance Hall, as listed in the calendar that follows this release. Reservations can be made at clevelandorchestra.com or OpenTable.com.
An updated calendar for all December 2013 holiday concerts presented by The Cleveland Orchestra follows. Individual tickets for all holiday events are now on sale. Information on purchasing tickets is provided below.
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
The Cleveland Orchestra Store offers many special gift items for the holidays, including the latest Cleveland Orchestra CD and DVD recordings along with an extensive discography from years past, music boxes and decorative glassware, music-themed holiday ornaments, stationery, books, and Cleveland Orchestra and Severance Hall logo apparel. Gifts for children of all ages include picture books and CDs that playfully introduce classical music and the orchestra to the next generation of concert-goers. The Store is openTuesday through Friday during regular Store hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and before, during, and after concerts. The Store phone number is 216-231-7478. The Store may be visited online at clevelandorchestra.com.