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2017 Blossom Music Festival Schedule

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Tchaikovsky Spectacular
1812 Overture and other favorites

Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. *
Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. *

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jahja Ling, conductor
Aaron Diehl, piano

SHOSTAKOVICH - Tahiti Trot
GERSHWIN - Concerto in F
GERSHWIN - Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture (arr. Bennett)
TCHAIKOVSKY - 1812 Overture

* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.

 


A Salute to America

Monday, July 3, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. *
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. *

Blossom Festival Band
Loras John Schissel, conductor

Great music, fireworks, and fun for the whole family! Blossom’s traditional, star-spangled celebration with the Blossom Festival Band features a mix of patriotic Sousa marches, Broadway favorites, an Armed Forces Salute, and more – concluding with the “1812” Overture and fireworks!

* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.

 


Symphonie fantastique

Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 2
BERLIOZ - Symphonie fantastique

 

 


A Night at the Opera

Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Erin Wall, soprano

Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst leads an evening of orchestral selections and arias from favorite operas by Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and more. Soprano Erin Wall makes her Blossom Music Festival debut.

 


Beethoven 7

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

MILHAUD - Le Boeuf sur le toit [The Ox on the Roof]
ROUSSEL - Suite No. 2 from Bacchus and Ariane
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 7

 


Best of Broadway

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jack Everly, conductor
Christina DeCicco, vocalist
Ted Keegan, vocalist
Ron Remke, vocalist
Richard Todd Adams, vocalist
Blossom Festival Chorus

Celebrate the greatest hits of America’s Broadway legends. Broadway stars Kathy Voytko, Ted Keegan, Ron Remke, and Richard Todd Adams dazzle you with your favorite melodies from great musicals. Selections from the great musicals of Irving Berlin, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, including Oklahoma!, The Phantom of the Opera, The Music Man, Les Misérables, and more!

 


Dvořák's New World

Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. *

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jahja Ling, conductor
Eli Matthews, violin
with the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra*

ROSSINI - Overture to The Barber of Seville
PAGANINI - Violin Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK - Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)

Celebrating its 50th season in 2017, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival began when The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State University launched a partnership in 1968, the year Blossom Music Center opened. For five weeks in June and July, Kent/Blossom Music Festival’s advanced training program brings musicians from around the world to Ohio for professional training in chamber music and orchestral studies with members of The Cleveland Orchestra and other elite faculty. Festival participants will perform with The Cleveland Orchestra in a side-by-side concert and also present a pre-concert program of music.

*Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra performs at 7:00 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra’s concert (program listed above) begins at 8:00 p.m.

 


Fire & Rain

Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. *

The Cleveland Orchestra
Rob Fisher, conductor
A.J. Swearingen, vocalsand guitar
Jayne Kelli, vocals and guitar

Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Neil Diamond, Cat Stevens ... In the '70s, the fusion of Folk and Rock music swept the nation with its powerful, socially conscious lyrics, memorable melodies, and tight vocal harmonies. Relive - or experience for the first time - the blockbuster era of these singer-songwriters with their greatest hits, including "Sundown," "You've Got a Friend," "Time in a Bottle," and many more. 

 


Romantic Rachmaninoff

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
David Fray, piano

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

 

 


Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Robert Trevino, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano

TCHAIKOVSKY - Piano Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 5

 

 


Strauss's Merry Pranks

Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Juraj Valčuha, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin

STRAUSS - Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
ROTA - Suite from La Strada
KORNGOLD - Violin Concerto
STRAUSS - Suite from Der Rosenkavalier [The Rose Cavalier]

 


The Firebird

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello

RAVEL - Alborada del gracioso [Morning Song of the Jester]
LALO - Cello Concerto
FALLA - Suite from El amor bruho [Love, the Magician]
STRAVINSKY - Suite from The Firebird

 


Hollywood Heroes and Superheroes

Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor

Need a hero? They’re all here tonight at Blossom! Movie maestro Richard Kaufman conducts an all-star salute to the biggest, boldest, and baddest heroes of the silver screen: Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and more. With selections from Star Wars, Star Trek, and James Bond movies, this is a musical adventure you won’t want to miss.

 


Boléro!

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Fabien Gabel, conductor
Juho Pohjonen, piano

SCHMITT - Le Palais Hanté [The Haunted Palace]
PROKOFIEV - Piano Concerto No. 1
DEBUSSY - Ibéria
RAVEL - Boléro

 


The Planets

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Women of the Blossom Festival Chorus

DVOŘÁK - Violin Concerto
HOLST - The Planets

 


A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Harolyn Blackwell, vocalist
Aisha de Haas, vocalist

A swinging tribute to Ella Fitzgerald in celebration of her 100th birthday, presenting the glorious songs that she made her own, including "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," and "Summertime."

 


Movie Night: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.*
Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.*
Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.*

The Cleveland Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor

The classic film shown in HD on the big screen – with the score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece E.T. follows the story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences, complete with John Williams’s Academy Award®-winning score.

* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.