Cleveland Orchestra Announces Series of Family Concerts and Music Explorers


The Cleveland Orchestra announced its 2022-23 Family Concert and Music Explorers series on Tuesday. From October through April, these concerts and interactive events will bring seven kid-friendly performances to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall and Reinberger Chamber Hall at the Severance Music Center.

The Family Concert Series, featuring the Cleveland Orchestra, has been a tradition of memory for Northeast Ohio families for more than 50 years, while the Music Explorers Series, which showcases musicians individual conductors and their instruments, is an interactive experience for young children. The 2022-23 Family Concert Series is supported by Anne H. Jenkins and Tom H. Jenkins.

The Cleveland Orchestra kicks off the series with the Halloween Spooktacular on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Severance Music Center. Back by popular demand, this event is an afternoon of magic tricks and musical treats, like Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’, the enchanting Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Harry Potter highlights. Come dressed in your best Halloween attire for the pre-concert costume contest. The musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra will also be dressed up.

The Cleveland Orchestra is teaming up with the Cleveland Ballet and other local dance ensembles for Gotta Dance! Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. The party starts one hour before the concert with interactive activities in the Smith Lobby. Then, enjoy dazzling performances of music and dance, including Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

The series concludes with Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. A combination of animated film and live music performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, this program follows a magical sprite on a journey to discover how sound is made to bring instrument families together. Philharmonia Fantastique is the creation of composer Mason Bates, Oscar-winning director and sound designer Gary Rydstrom and animator Jim Capobianco. More information here.

The Music Explorers Series is a great way for kids and families to learn about orchestral instruments. Programs feature musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra, special guests and an engaging host who encourages the audience to sing along, clap and move to the music. Each half-hour adventure features brief musical selections and instrument demonstrations created to inspire and entertain young children ages 3-6. These performances will take place from October 2022 to April 2023 on select Fridays and Saturdays, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively, at Severance Music Centre.

The Victorious Viola will be presented on October 21 and 22, with Cleveland Orchestra violist Lisa Boyko at Reinberger Chamber Hall.

The Christmas Brass Quintet will be presented on December 16 and 17 with Cleveland Orchestra musicians Michael Miller and Lyle Steelman on trumpet, Hans Clebsch on horn, Rick Stout on trombone, who are joined by Kenneth Heinlein on tuba, in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall.

The Cool Clarinet will be presented on February 17 and 18, with Cleveland Orchestra clarinetist Robert Woolfrey at the Reinberger Chamber Hall.

The Velvet Violin will be performed April 28 and 29 at Reinberger Chamber Hall with Cleveland Orchestra violinist Miho Hashizume and students from Mound STEM School in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, where they will be guided by musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra as part of the Crescendo program.

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Free Under-18 Program offers free tickets (one per regular-priced paying adult admission) to young people 17 and under, to the family concert series supported by the Weiss Family Foundation. Under 18 Free tickets are not available for the boxes.

Under 18s Free is a program of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences. The Center, established through a senior endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation, was established to fund programs to encourage new generations of audiences for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in northeast Ohio . Under 18s Free continues to develop young audiences by making Orchestra concerts affordable for families, offering free tickets to youth 17 and under for select Severance Music Center performances. Learn more about Under 18s Free and other Center for Future Audiences ticketing programs here.

Tickets to Music Explorers programs are free for students and teachers through the Jane B. Nord Concert Access Fund. Call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111, email [email protected] or visit For more information on parking for Severance Music Center concerts, click here.

The Cleveland Orchestra’s commitment to education and community service was central to the Orchestra’s founding in 1918 and has never been greater. Over the past 100 years, the Cleveland Orchestra has introduced more than four million young people to symphonic music through live concert experiences. Today, with the support of many generous individual, foundation, corporate and government financial partners, the Orchestra’s educational and community programs reach thousands of youth and adults each year, helping to foster a relationship with life with music. Music Director Franz Welser-Mӧst’s commitment to music education and community involvement is based on his belief that every child’s life should include music. He continues to emphasize that the arts are essential to a complete education and that learning is a lifelong pursuit and journey.

As we look to the future, we strive to be the Orchestra of Cleveland, engaging our diverse citizens and building community through music, breaking down barriers to participation, advocating for and helping to facilitate equitable access to comprehensive music education in schools, encouraging the next generation of musicians and members of the public, and harnessing the life-changing power of music to make the world a better place through new initiatives developed for impact even bigger. For more information, please visit these links: educational, community and learning resources.


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