Seasonal Special Happenings

Party Like a Hero at Severance Hall

When: Fri., Jan. 14 2011

Head over to Severance Hall tonight after work for 2011's first installment of the popular Fridays@7 series. It's a full evening of food, drink, and exceptional entertainment, all designed with a modern audience in mind. Tonight's edition begins at 5 p.m., with food and drink for sale in the Severance Hall lobbies. At 6 p.m., the Afro-Latin ensemble Mango Blue delivers an acoustic preview of their 8:15 concert. At 7 p.m., Franz Welser-Möst leads the Cleveland Orchestra in an intermission-free performance of Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser and Richard Strauss' A Hero's Life. When that wraps up, the night really gets its groove on, with N.Y.C.-based Mango Blue laying down a full-tilt musical extravaganza filled with jazz, funk, R&B, and Caribbean roots rhythms. Fun, fast-paced, and full of surprises, it's a chill start to a winter's weekend. Tix are $36 to $92; call 216-231-1111 or visit clevelandorchestra.com to order. Severance Hall is at 11001 Euclid Ave. in University Circle. — Cicora

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