Why? Music!

We all know that CLE boasts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and an internationally-renowned orchestra.  But, music is an answer to “Why Cleveland?” for a lot more reasons than that.  So, as I explore CLE’s music scene, I’ll give you even more reasons to answer “music” (among other things) next time someone asks you, “Why Cleveland?”

Last night, CLEguy and I went to see Burning River Brass at Severance Hall.  Pre-concert, we dined at Sergio’s in University Circle.

For me, an evening out is about the entire experience and Sergio’s got the evening started on just the right note.  This is the perfect spot for a pre-concert meal.  The dining room is small and intimate, the service is friendly and unhurried, and the Italian food is to die for!  I had the Woods Hole sea scallops and CLEguy had the penne Brasato.  We highly recommend both, paired with a nice bottle of Italian Zinfandel.  Oh, and a hot fudge sundae for dessert.  We lingered over our meal and our wine and then were only a couple minutes from Severance Hall.  Perfect!

As a CLE fanatic, I am embarrassed to admit I had never been to Severance Hall.  But, better late than never, so if you haven’t been either, put it on your CLE to-do list.  The venue itself is beautiful, with striking marble columns and sweeping staircases.

Severance Hall lobby, pre-concert

And then there was the concert itself.  Burning River Brass put on an almost two-hour show of traditional and contemporary Christmas music.  It was a perfect kick-off to the Christmas weekend ahead.

Burning River Brass playing festively

Burning River Brass started in CLE, but their musicians are from all over the country, including New York City, Seattle, and New Orleans.  It’s pretty cool that CLE can attract such talented musicians.  I also have a soft spot for anyone who takes a piece of Cleveland history and turns it into a nod to how far we’ve come.  We’ll always be the city of the burning river, but we’re so much more than that, too.  Burning River Brass is just another example of the culture and development of CLE.  And, of course, a reason why you can answer “music” to the question “Why Cleveland?”

All in all, a beautiful evening in my favorite city at my favorite time of year.  Wishing you the happiest of holidays.  I’ll catch you on the flip side (and I’m done with the music puns).

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