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Strike Up the Orchestras . . . and All that Jazz

Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland is the smallest of the cities that claim as their own one of the traditional “Big Five” orchestras. The others are Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. And Severance Hall, where the orchestra performs, is among the most beautiful concert halls in the world. You really owe it to yourself to attend a concert. 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland; 216.231.7300

Akron Symphony Orchestra

Widely recognized for musical excellence and performance versatility, the orchestra’s program includes its Pop and Classic Series, Gospel Meets Symphony, and Concerts for Kids performances. 92 North Main Street, Akron; 330.535.8131 

Canton Symphony Orchestra

This 75-member orchestra is one of the most highly respected small-budget symphony orchestras in the United States. Tickets can be had for as little as $13. Bravo! 2331 17th Street NW, Canton; 330.452.2094

BLU Jazz+

Designed from the ground up to showcase live jazz in its many variations, BLU Jazz+ has a retro, yet modern feel that captures the intimacy of NYC jazz clubs while offering the style of a modern venue.  Check out the jazz photography and memorabilia gallery, and sample the small-plate specialties and tapas. 47 East Market Street, Akron; 330.252.1190

Music Box Supper Club

This two-story concert venue, restaurant, and private events destination is on the West Bank of the Flats and features national touring musicians and local talent nearly every night of the week and riverfront dining in the Rusty Anchor restaurant Wed.-Sun., starting at 4pm with happy hour.  1148 Main Avenue, Cleveland; 877.246.8206