CLEVELAND – The awe inspiring cornice and name plaque of the magnificent edifice known as Severance Hall in University Circle. The mighty home of the Cleveland Orchestra has been called one of the best concert halls in the world.
Built in 1931 largely by the auspice of oil magnate John Long Severance with private and public financing, the hall is a massive example of Art Deco indulgence. It was designed by the prestigious firm of Walker and Weeks. In order that the orchestra digs be built, Western Reserve University, ceded land to the Orchestra foundation. The hall was constructed despite the country and city being in the horrific throws of the Great Depression.
The orchestra’s Winter season is performed here every year. The main concert hall can sit up to 2100 people, which is good as most performances quickly fill up fast with ferociously loyal Cleveland Orchestra concert lovers. The complex also includes the 400 seat Reinberger Chamber Hall. The Grand Foyer is among the most elaborate in the city, aside from Playhouse Square’s Palace and Allen theatres.
Severance Hall is also known far and wide for its excellent sound quality and acoustical finesse. It is a favorite of musicians around the world to display their prowess in. These musical long hairs flock year after year to play with the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra in the best concert hall in all the mid west.