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. *
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. *
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!
Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 2 BERLIOZ - Symphonie fantastique
A Night at the Opera
Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
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.
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
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.
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. *
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. *
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.
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
TCHAIKOVSKY - Piano Concerto No. 1 TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 5
Strauss's Merry Pranks
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
STRAUSS - Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks ROTA - Suite from La Strada KORNGOLD - Violin Concerto STRAUSS - Suite from Der Rosenkavalier [The Rose Cavalier]
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
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.
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.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
SCHMITT - Le Palais Hanté [The Haunted Palace] PROKOFIEV - Piano Concerto No. 1 DEBUSSY - Ibéria RAVEL - Boléro
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
DVOŘÁK - Violin Concerto HOLST - The Planets
A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
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 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.