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The Cleveland Orchestra announces 2014 Blossom Music Festival

Published: February 18, 2014 2:24 PM
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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra has announced the 2014 Blossom Music Festival season.  The Festival comprises 18 concerts – including 15 by The Cleveland Orchestra, two Blossom Festival Band concerts, and one concert by the Blossom Festival Orchestra – at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Valley National Park from July 3 – August 31. 

For the 41st consecutive year, the Blossom season begins with traditional Salute to America concerts by the Blossom Festival Band.    Highlights of the season include the Festival opening concert featuring Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the return of conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a concert featuring Yo-Yo Ma as soloist in the Elgar Cello Concerto, a performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana, “A Beatles Tribute: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Their U.S. Arrival,” and two different programs to close the season on Labor Day weekend, beginning with “Family Funfest at Blossom” featuring the Blossom Festival Orchestra performing tunes from The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Frozen, and other movie favorites, plus family-friendly pre-concert activities, and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting The Cleveland Orchestra in the final program of the season, a European Festivals Tour send-off concert.  The tour performances will be announced at a later date.
In addition to Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, conductors returning to Blossom are Johannes Debus, Jack Everly, Andrew Grams, Richard Kaufman, Michael Krajewski, Jahja Ling, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Bramwell Tovey.  Asher Fisch, Matthew Halls, and John Storgårds make their Cleveland Orchestra debuts.  Jeffrey Kahane, who has appeared with the Orchestra numerous times as piano soloist, makes his Cleveland Orchestra conducting debut.  Conductor Jaap van Zweden and Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell make their Blossom Music Festival debuts. Returning guest soloists include pianist Stephen Hough, soprano Kristen Plumley, violinist Karen Gomyo, and vocalists Ben Crawford, Whitney Claire Kaufman, and Ted Keegan.  Debut artists include soprano Nadine Sierra, mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, baritone Brian Mulligan, pianist Francesco Piemontesi, and violinists Renaud Capuçon and Isabelle Faust.  Tenor Christopher Pfund, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and narrator Pat Sajak make their Blossom Music Festival debuts.
A wide variety of popular music will be featured at Blossom this summer, including a “Sci-Fi Spectacular” program with music from the major science fiction TV shows and movies, under the direction of Jack Everly.  Broadway stars will take the stage in a Broadway Standing Ovations program, also led by Jack Everly.  Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman conducts Hollywood under the Stars, a blockbuster tribute to music from many favorite movies.
Franz Welser-Möst Conducts
Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Orchestra’s closing night concert at Blossom on Sunday, August 31, with a European Festivals Tour send-off performance featuring Brahms’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 along with Jörg Widmann’s Con brio: Concert Overture for Orchestra.
Orchestral Masterworks
The Orchestra takes the spotlight at Blossom in performances of great orchestral masterpieces from the classical, romantic, and twentieth-century eras.  Jaap van Zweden conducts Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony and the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Renaud Capuçon as soloist in his Cleveland Orchestra debut. Asher Fisch makes his debut in a program including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust, also making her debut.  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducts Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 marking the debut of soloist Francesco Piemontesi.  John Storgårds makes his debut in a program including Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2.  Jeffrey Kahane leads a program including Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”).  Franz Welser-Möst conducts Brahms’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4.    
Cleveland Orchestra musicians appearing as soloist at Blossom this season include:  Principal Trumpet Michael Sachs in “With Malice Toward None” from Lincoln and First Associate Concertmaster Peter Otto in Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 1.
A Beatles Tribute
A Beatles Tribute:  Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Their U.S. Arrival relives the greatest hits of the Beatles when The Cleveland Orchestra is joined by the hit tribute band Classical Mystery Tour to perform the original orchestrations of favorites including “Penny Lane,” “Yesterday,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “With a Little Help From My Friends,” among many others.
Blossom Festival Band
In a tradition now entering its fifth decade, the Blossom Festival Band, conducted by Loras John Schissel, celebrates Independence Day with A Salute to America on Thursday, July 3, and Friday, July 4.  The program features music by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Sousa, and the explosive Tchaikovsky “1812” Overture, followed by fireworks.
Kent/Blossom Music
Celebrating its 47th season in 2014, Kent/Blossom Music began under the direction of George Szell when The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State University launched a partnership in 1968, the year Blossom Music Center opened.  Kent/Blossom Music’s advanced training program brings more than 40 musicians from around the world to Ohio each summer for professional training in chamber music and orchestral studies.  Participants receive lessons, coachings, and masterclasses with members of The Cleveland Orchestra and other elite faculty for five weeks in June and July.  On Saturday, July 26, participants will perform with The Cleveland Orchestra in a side-by-side concert and also present a pre-concert program of music by Ravel and Wagner, conducted by Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell, prior to The Cleveland Orchestra’s concert at the Blossom Music Festival.
Twenty Cleveland Orchestra musicians serve on the faculty at Kent/Blossom Music.  Twenty alumni of Kent/Blossom Music are now members of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Family-friendly “Under 18s Free” tickets continue at every Blossom Music Festival concert

The Cleveland Orchestra continues its mission to offer free tickets to young people 17 and under for every Blossom Music Festival concert again this season.  Nearly 50,000 young people have attended Blossom Music Festival concerts since the “Under 18s Free” ticket program began at Blossom in 2011.
The “Under 18s Free” initiative is an integral part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences, which was created to provide broader access for the Northeast Ohio community and is endowed through the leadership and generosity of the Maltz Family Foundation.
2014 Blossom Music Festival Calendar
Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.*
Friday, July 4, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.*
Blossom Festival Band
Loras John Schissel, conductor
A Salute to America
Great music, fireworks and fun!  Northeast Ohio’s favorite Independence Day concerts feature American classics and patriotic selections.  Come celebrate America with the whole family!  Music by such beloved composers as Bernstein, Gershwin, and John Philip Sousa, topped off with the “1812” Overture and a spectacular fireworks display.
* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.
Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.*
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor – Blossom Music Festival debut
Renaud Capuçon, violin – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Festival Opening: Dvořák’s New World
TCHAIKOVSKY  Capriccio Italien
SIBELIUS  Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK  Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)
* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.
Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Asher Fisch, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Isabelle Faust, violin – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Beethoven’s Seventh
WAGNER  Overture to The Flying Dutchman
MENDELSSOHN  Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7
Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jack Everly, conductor
Kristen Plumley, soprano
Members of the Blossom Festival Chorus
Sci-Fi Spectacular
Music from a galaxy far, far away.  Explore strange, new worlds with music from the biggest and best science fiction TV shows and movies, including selections from Star Trek, Star Wars, E.T., and 2001: A Space Odyssey.  It’s the final frontier – of music!  Live long and prosper!
Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin
Emily Fons, mezzo-soprano – Cleveland Orchestra debut
A Taste of Spain
BIZET  Suite from Carmen
SAINT-SAËNS  Violin Concerto No. 3
FALLA  The Three-Cornered Hat
Sunday, July 20, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
Francesco Piemontesi, piano – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Mozart and Shostakovich
WEBER  Overture to Der Freischütz
MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 27
Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Stephen Hough, piano
with the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor – Blossom Music Festival debut
Beethoven and Liszt
BEETHOVEN  Overture to Fidelio
LISZT  Piano Concerto No. 1
SIBELIUS  Symphony No. 2
* Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra performs selections by Ravel and Wagner at 7:00 p.m.  The Cleveland Orchestra’s concert (program listed above) begins at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jack Everly, conductor
Christina Bianco, vocalist – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Ted Keegan, vocalist
Ben Crawford, vocalist
Broadway Standing Ovations
A “wicked” good evening!  Come to Blossom for a concert of Broadway showstoppers including highlights from The Phantom of the Opera (featuring Broadway’s “Phantom,” Ted Keegan), Wicked, Rent, Les Misérables, and more.  Plus, as seen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the charismatic and comedic Christina Bianco presents excerpts from her Diva Moments solo show, sure to bring down the house with her celebrity impressions of Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, and others.
Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Johannes Debus, conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano – Blossom Music Festival debut
Romantic Rachmaninoff
RAMEAU  Selections from Les Indes Galantes
RAVEL  Piano Concerto in G major
RAVEL  Pavane for a Dead Princess
RACHMANINOFF  Symphonic Dances
Sunday, August 3, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor
Michael Sachs, trumpet
Hollywood under the Stars
The great film scores of our time.  Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman leads a blockbuster tribute to the most memorable music of the movies.  Enjoy selections from films including Forrest Gump, The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, The Magnificent Seven, Lincoln, Lawrence of Arabia, The Right Stuff, and more.
Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Matthew Halls, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra debut
The Magic of Mozart
MOZART  Overture to Idomeneo
TCHAIKOVSKY  Suite No. 4 (“Mozartiana”)
MOZART  Eine kleine Nachtmusik
MOZART  Symphony No. 36 (“Linz”)
Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra conducting debut
Peter Otto, violin
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
STRAVINSKY  Suite from Pulcinella
HAYDN  Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major
MENDELSSOHN  Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
MENDELSSOHN  Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”)
Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jahja Ling, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Yo-Yo Ma
Program includes:
ELGAR  Cello Concerto
DVOŘÁK  Symphony No. 6
Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Andrew Grams, conductor
Nadine Sierra, soprano – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Christopher Pfund, tenor – Blossom Music Festival debut
Brian Mulligan, baritone – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Blossom Festival Chorus
Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus
Carmina Burana
BACH  Toccata and Fugue in D minor
LISZT  Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
ORFF  Carmina Burana
Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Classical Mystery Tour – Cleveland Orchestra debut
A Beatles Tribute:
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Their U.S. Arrival

The best of the Beatles … with The Cleveland Orchestra.  From the early hits through the solo years, relive the greatest hits of the Beatles when hit tribute band Classical Mystery Tour joins The Cleveland Orchestra in performing the original orchestrations to all of your favorites – including “Penny Lane,” “Yesterday,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and so much more.  Don’t miss this one-night-only event!
Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.*
Blossom Festival Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor
Whitney Claire Kaufman, vocalist
Pat Sajak, narrator – Blossom Music Festival debut
Family Funfest at Blossom
Labor Day fun for the whole family!  Bring the kids and share in the magical experience of Blossom with a fun-filled concert – featuring tunes from The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Spiderman, 2013’s hit movie Frozen, and more – as well as Wheel of Fortune’s very own Pat Sajak. Featuring great family-friendly activities and a spectacular fireworks show!
* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Cleveland Orchestra European Festivals Tour Send-off
WIDMANN  Con brio:  Concert Overture for Orchestra
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 3
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4
 All artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.
Lawn Ticket Books of ten tickets are now available for $150 (a savings of up to $100).  Two “Under18s Free” are admitted with each adult Lawn Ticket and the Lawn Ticket Book includes two free Pavilion upgrade coupons.
A Create-Your-Own Series package is being offered again this season.  When purchasing 4 or more concerts, there is a savings of 10% off the individual ticket prices.  There is no limit to the number of Create-Your-Own Series purchases.  All subscribers receive free parking in Lot B.
Pavilion tickets range in price from $23 to $120.  Tickets for the Lawn and the General Admission sections of the Pavilion for Blossom Music Festival concerts are priced at $23 or $25.  Individual tickets go on sale by telephone, in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, and online at clevelandorchestra.com on Tuesday, May 27.  The Blossom Box Office opens for the season beginning on Saturday, May 31, and will be open throughout the summer on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. through intermission on concert days.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.  Call the Cleveland Orchestra Group Sales Office at Severance Hall at 216-231-7463 for more information.
The 2014 Blossom Festival features a four-concert “Classics” series, a five-concert “Classics” series, a four-concert “Celebrations” series, and a four-concert “Pops” series.  Season ticket packages, on sale now, represent approximately 25% savings off single-ticket prices.  Season ticket package prices range from $80 to $180.  These packages include access to Kulas Plaza.  Box-seat season ticket packages are priced at $280 and $350 and include complimentary parking in First Energy Lot A behind the main Box Office in addition to access to Kulas Plaza.

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