Preservation Hall Jazz Band, PSYCHO and More Set for Cleveland Orchestra's 2013-14 Celebrity Series, Beg. Tonight


The Cleveland Orchestra announces its acclaimed Celebrity Series for the 2013-14 season at Severance Hall, featuring iconic jazz and popular artists, and film scores of cinematic classics which will be shown on a large screen above the stage.

The New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band opens the Series (without orchestra) in a performance at Severance Hall tonight, October 27. Multiple Grammy award-winner Natalie Cole will appear with The Cleveland Orchestra on December 11. Two films with live orchestral accompaniment complete the season's Celebrity Series: on Valentine's Day, February 14, the classic romantic movie Casablanca, and on April 22, the thriller Psycho will be presented on a giant screen with the Orchestra performing the score.

Launched as a three-concert series during the 2009-10 season, the Celebrity Series drew sold-out houses for each performance. For the 2013-14 season, the Series offers four concerts, to present a broad range of musical styles, exploring avenues of orchestral music including classic movie scores as well as classic and popular jazz.


The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, based in the French Quarter of New Orleans, appears at Severance Hall (without orchestra) on October 27 in a program that features vintage sounds of New Orleans jazz. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was founded in 1961 at the venerable music venue from which it derives its name, and has been touring the world since 1963. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been called by the New York Times "a multigenerational mix with appeal to a range of musical constituencies, not just aficionados of traditional jazz." The group was last presented at the Blossom Music Festival in 2012.

Superstar Natalie Cole, the daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole, is famed for her interpretation of classic American songs and R&B hits such as "Unforgettable" and "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)." On December 11, she joins The Cleveland Orchestra in a program that features a selection of favorites from her award-winning albums. Ms. Cole's career spans over 30 years in which she has sold millions of records, won nine Grammy awards, and has appeared in numerous films and television shows such as "Touched by an Angel" and "Grey's Anatomy."

For Valentine's Day on February 14, The Cleveland Orchestra performs the famed soundtrack to the romantic masterpiece Casablanca, which will be shown on a giant screen above the stage in Severance Hall. This 1942 American classic tells the dramatic story of a man torn between love and virtue, and features historic performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. Max Steiner's Oscar-nominated score includes well-known ballads like "As Time Goes By," "Perfidia" and "It Had to Be You."

Alfred Hitchcock's horror and suspense film Psycho will be shown on April 22. The Cleveland Orchestra will play the powerful score, famous for its piercing violin theme and spine-tingling music. Hitchcock himself acknowledged, "33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music." Directed in 1960, the film led to four Oscar nominations, and features one of the most iconic scenes in film history - the famous "shower scene."