Friday, April 11, 2008

The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus


No matter what anyone erroneously says about Cleveland - we have the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus and Severance Hall. Last night my mom and I heard one of my favorite works - Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. I've had the joy of singing this piece during one of the 15 summers I spent singing with the Blossom Festival Chorus - the summer Orchestra Chorus. It was an amazing experience sitting behind the world famous Cleveland Orchestra for all those years. A highlight was singing under the direction of Robert Shaw, probably the most famous choral director of the 20th century. Ironically, my mom had sung under his direction in Pittsburgh years before. Severance Hall was renovated several years ago. It is impossible to describe the beauty of this concert hall. Inside you feel like you are sitting inside of a diamond. It is the definition of the word luminescent. This picture won't do it justice - but here's an idea.


7 comments:

Edna said...

It is, indeed, luminescent!

chasing fireflies said...

what a stunning structure...

CJM-R said...

Agreed. Stunning.

happyone said...

Oh that is magnificent!! Truly beautiful!

I see you joined skywatch. Great photo!!

Mary said...

The Severance Concert Hall is beautiful. In my opinion, Cleveland is a wonderful city. I spent three weeks there (one week at a time) when I was a career stiff. I stayed in a reclaimed loft close to the stadium and downtown. The loft was awsome as was the location. I also enjoyed visiting the rainforest out at the Zoo. Yes, I have good memories of Cleveland.

Cheryl said...

This picture of the hall is stunning! So you're a singer. I didn't know that. I've always wished I had that talent.

bonnie said...

What magnificent architecture. I love having "seasons tickets" to the symphony. For years we went regularly with our neighbors. I always hated watching my husband fall asleep next to me, but it is often so soothing and even when you are sleeping you don't really miss the experience.