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The Cleveland Orchestra announces three-concert “At the Movies” Celebrity Series for 2014-15 season

Three classic films to be shown at Severance Hall with live musical accompaniment

“Phantom of the Opera” features improvised organ accompaniment by Todd Wilson

“Disney Fantasia” and “Vertigo” feature The Cleveland Orchestra performing live

Celebrity Series is sponsored by PNC Bank

 For release:  July 17, 2014

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Orchestra announces a three-concert “At the Movies” Celebrity Series for the 2014-15 season.  With the popularity of film showings with live accompaniment the past three seasons, the Orchestra continues the tradition with “Phantom of the Opera,” “Disney’s Fantasia,” and “Vertigo.”  All three movies will be projected on a giant screen above the Severance Hall stage, with musical accompaniment performed live.  The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2014-15 Celebrity Series is sponsored by PNC Bank.

On Tuesday, October 28, one of the greatest horror films ever made, “Phantom of the Opera,” will be presented with acclaimed organist Todd Wilson accompanying the film with improvised live music.   On Thursday, December 11, families can discover classical music through Disney’s classic films with the music of the soundtracks performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Brett Mitchell.  To close the series on Friday, February 13, The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Brett Mitchell perform “Vertigo with its rich, seductive, and complex musical score.  “Vertigo” is considered one of the greatest achievements of the legendary partnership between director Alfred Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann.

“PNC Bank is proud to sponsor The Cleveland Orchestra's 2014-15 Celebrity Series,” says Paul Clark, regional president of PNC Bank.  “We are delighted for the opportunity to support these concerts so that the whole of the Northeast Ohio community can have the opportunity to experience three very special nights ‘at the movies’ partnered with such world-renowned musicians in the magnificence of Severance Hall.”

“The Orchestra’s Celebrity Series has been a tremendous success,” comments Ross Binnie, chief marketing officer of The Cleveland Orchestra, “and we are extraordinarily pleased to welcome PNC Bank as sponsor for these popular concerts.  This series is an essential part of our commitment to play more music for more people each and every year, and by presenting these great movies on the big screen with the excitement of live musical accompaniment, we provide yet another unique kind of concert excitement for our audiences in a way only The Cleveland Orchestra can.”

Launched in 2009-10 as a three-concert series featuring diverse popular programming with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Celebrity Series has consistently drawn sold-out houses.  Each season has varied in offerings, drawing from a broad range of musical styles and exploring different avenues of orchestral music, including classic movie scores as well as classic and popular jazz.

Series subscriptions are now available for purchase through the Severance Hall Ticket Office or online..

Subscribers to the “At the Movies” Celebrity Series can also choose to purchase tickets to two special Holiday Celebrity presentations in December:  “Vienna Boys Choir” on Tuesday, December 2, and “Natalie MacMaster: Christmas in Cape Breton” with The Cleveland Orchestra on Wednesday, December 17.  (Tickets to these Holiday presentations are only available now to series subscribers.)



Severance Hall
October 28 – Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Phantom of the Opera *
Todd Wilson, organ
Experience Halloween with one of the greatest horror films ever made.   Accompanying the film with improvised live music is acclaimed organist Todd Wilson.  In this classic 1925 movie about romance and murder, the love-obsessed Phantom (Lon Chaney Sr.) haunts the Paris Opera House in pursuit of Christine (Mary Philbin). The fully improvised accompaniment features Severance Hall’s mighty Norton Memorial Organ, considered one of the finest concert organs ever built. 

*Please note that The Cleveland Orchestra does not appear on this program.

Celebrity Series Sponsor:  PNC Bank

Severance Hall
December 11 – Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Disney Fantasia:  Live In Concert

The Cleveland Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

Millions of people have discovered classical music through Disney’s classic films.  Now, experience them as never before, with the music performed live by the exceptional musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra.  The program features selections from both Walt Disney’s original Fantasia (1940) and Disney Fantasia 2000, including “The Waltz of the Flowers” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, the iconic Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concert Library © Disney

Celebrity Series Sponsor:  PNC Bank

Severance Hall
February 13 – Friday at 8 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

Vertigo (1958), with its rich, seductive, and complex musical score, is perhaps the greatest achievement of the legendary partnership between director Alfred Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann.  Police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) is afflicted with vertigo during a rooftop chase in the film’s opening scene, resulting in the death of a fellow officer. An old college chum hires Scottie as a private investigator to follow his wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), who, he says, seems to be possessed by the spirit of a long-dead relative. Scottie becomes increasingly enamored of Madeleine, and observation turns to obsession, until deceitful truths are revealed with tragic consequences.

Celebrity Series Sponsor:  PNC Bank


Concerts take place at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. 

Subscriptions for the 2014-15 Celebrity Series are on sale now and start at $87 for a three-concert package.  Subscribers save approximately 20% off single ticket prices and receive seating priority over individual  ticket buyers.  Tickets to individual performances go on sale in mid-August and start at $30.  For more information, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141 or visit online at

The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located on street level in the Smith Lobby.  The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service 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.  From September through May, the Ticket Office is also open on 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 will be open three hours prior to each performance). 

For information about parking for Severance Hall concerts, click here.