Chicago Symphony loses a superfan

Chicago Symphony loses a superfan


norman lebrecht

April 21, 2021

The death has been announced of Lawrence Klevan, co-founder of New Music Chicago. He was 67.

His friend Michael Longon posts:

He was a living encyclopedia of classical music, joyful and generous with his mazel tovs, and easily the most hardcore superfan of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra I met in my time there.
Lawrence subscribed to the exact same seat in the back row of the tippy top section of Symphony Hall for over 40 years and he LOVED IT. If I had my druthers, the CSO should put a plaque with his name on that seat.


  • Stickles says:

    Sad news. Condolences to his family. As a fellow cliff dweller at the Orchestra Hall, I saw him every time I attended a concert. His presence will be missed.

    • John Kelly says:

      You both know where the best sound is in Orchestra Hall…………and as Stokowski once remarked “you meet a better class of person in those seats”!

  • Chilynne says:

    Ah, Mr. Klevan was also a superfan at UChicago Presents. Always at Mandel Hall and such an enthusiastic concert-goer! He will be missed.

  • Ken Olsen says:

    This is so terrible to hear! Lawrence introduced himself to me soon after I joined the CSO in 2005, and I’ve enjoyed chatting with him and seeing him almost every week for the past 16 years (well 15 after COVID). He was a genuine, warm human and I’m so sad to hear this news. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    Such a sweet person. Yes, for those of us music lovers here in Chicago, he will be missed.

  • mike says:

    vaccine death? It is 2 am in Chicago and my neighbor was just wheeled out on a stretcher. so sad…he had the vaccine and then a blood clot

    • Saxon says:

      If you are high risk then it is sensible to get the vaccine since the risks from Covid will be much higher than the risk of a blood clot.

  • Francis Fullam says:

    Lawrence had such passion for many kinds of music. We first bonded over the Byrds…..then he moved up and on to classical. A very gentle soul.