“The Cleveland Orchestra has returned home to Severance, prepared to put on its first performance at the historic Euclid Avenue venue in more than 18 months,” writes Anne Nickoloff in Wednesday’s (10/14) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “At a rehearsal Wednesday morning, conductor Franz Welser-Möst carefully reviewed selections from the group’s upcoming program, ‘New Beginnings.’ … Outside the performance hall, venue staffers were busy readying Severance…. The orchestra’s return to Severance follows a successful summer at Blossom Music Center and a virtual performance series called ‘In Focus’ through its Adella streaming app. The orchestra has an expansive schedule of shows slated at Severance for its upcoming autumn, winter and spring seasons…. This season also marks … major updates … in the form of the orchestra’s COVID-19 policy. Face masks … will now be required inside Severance Music Center. Attendees will also be required to show a COVID-19 vaccination card or a recent negative PCR test … ‘New Beginnings’ is a powerful punch of a program—a fitting return, featuring the dramatic symphonic poem ‘Macbeth’ by Strauss and the Prokofiev’s intense Symphony No. 5. Renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein will offer a solo on the Cleveland Orchestra’s premiere of Joan Tower’s ‘A New Day.’ ”