Plain Dealer, Cleveland, March 11, 2008
by Donald Rosenberg
Cleveland Orchestra patrons treated to dinner during blizzard
The snowstorm that prompted the Cleveland Orchestra to cancel its concert Saturday at Severance Hall didn't stop about 40 fans from showing up.

They were rewarded for their perseverance with a complimentary dinner and parking and an impromptu recital in Reinberger Chamber Hall by the two noted vocalists who were scheduled to perform Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" that night with the orchestra and music director Franz Welser-Most.

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann and baritone Christopher Maltman sang arias and duets from operas by Rossini, Mozart, Verdi, Gounod and Puccini with pianist John Simmons, opera coach and assistant music director of the opera program at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The last time the orchestra cancelled a concert due to blizzard conditions was in January 1978.

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