January 21, 2002 at 7:06 PM EST - Updated July 2 at 9:46 PM
CLEVELAND (AP) - Gov. Bob Taft and Cleveland's new mayor, Jane Campbell, shared the stage to honor Christoph von Dohnanyi, the Cleveland Orchestra's departing music director.
"This is the first time I have ever given a key to the city," Campbell said when she handed one to von Dohnanyi at a gala concert tribute, the first such event toasting a music director in the orchestra's 83-year history.
Campbell handed the key to von Dohnanyi before the intermission of the Strauss-Beethoven concert he conducted Saturday night.
He ends his 20-year tenure as music director June 1, but will then lead the orchestra on a European tour.
The event was expected to gross about $500,000 for the orchestra. More than 2,100 tickets, all the seats in Severance Hall, were sold. Just before the concert, there was a lineup for standing-room tickets.
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