2018 Blossom Schedule

2018 Blossom Music Festival Schedule

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SALUTE TO AMERICA

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.*
Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 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.

 


OPENING NIGHT: PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.*

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Stephen Rose, violin
Mark Kosower, cello
Joela Jones, piano

BEETHOVEN - Triple Concerto
MUSSORGSKY - Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel)

* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.

 


ROGER DALTREY PERFORMS THE WHO’S TOMMY WITH THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
Special Blossom event – not part of the subscription season

Sunday, July 8, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Roger Daltrey, vocalist
Keith Levenson, conductor
Simon Townshend, Jon Button, Scott Devours, Loren Gold,
Frank Simes, members of The Who Band

TOWNSHEND - Tommy (complete album)

 


SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN — LIVE

Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 8:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor

HAYTON - Singin' in the Rain (film with live orchestral score)

“What a glorious feeling!” It’s been called the greatest musical ever filmed — now, tap dance your way to Blossom and experience the charm of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor on the big screen at Blossom with the score played live!

 


SCHUMANN’S SPRING SYMPHONY

Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor
Vilde Frang, violin 

ANTHEIL - Over the Plains
BRITTEN - Violin Concerto
SCHUMANN - Symphony No. 1 (“Spring”)

Start the evening with the Blossom Picnic Contest; registration details to be announced in May.

 


MAHLER’S "TITAN"

Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jahja Ling, conductor
Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra
Blossom Festival Chorus

BERLIOZ - Overture to Benvenuto Cellini*
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - Serenade to Music*
MAHLER - Symphony No. 1 ("Titan")

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 faculty. Festival participants will perform side-by-side with The Cleveland Orchestra and also present a pre-concert program of music.

Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra performs at 7:00 p.m., conducted by The Cleveland Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran (Blossom Music Festival debut). The Cleveland Orchestra’s concert (program listed above) begins at 8:00 p.m. featuring the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra performing side-by-side with The Cleveland Orchestra in the works by Berlioz and Vaughan Williams.

* Denotes Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra performance 

 


BRAHMS'S FOURTH SYMPHONY

Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor 

MOZART - Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”)
BRAHMS - Symphony No. 4  

 


AUDRA MCDONALD SINGS BROADWAY

Sunday, July 29, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Andy Einhorn, conductor
Audra McDonald, soprano

VARIOUS - Broadway Favorites

Named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway icon Audra McDonald performs favorites by the great Broadway composers, including Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, and Leonard Bernstein.

 


THE LITTLE MERMAID — LIVE

Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 8:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor 

MENKEN - The Little Mermaid (film with live orchestral score)

One of the most celebrated animated films of all time is now spectacularly transformed with the music performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra! Bring the whole family under the sea and make it part of your world!

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.

 


DVOŘÁK’S SEVENTH

Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Michael Francis, conductor

SMETANA - “Sárka” No. 3 from Má Vlast
JANÁČEK - Taras Bulba
DVOŘÁK - Symphony No. 7

 


RACHMANINOFF’S RHAPSODY

Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Simon Trpčeski, piano

LIADOV - Baba-Yaga
RACHMANINOFF - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
PROKOFIEV - Symphony No. 5

 


YO-YO MA PLAYS BACH*

Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

BACH - Complete Solo Cello Suites

*The Cleveland Orchestra does not perform at this concert

 


SIBELIUS SECOND SYMPHONY

Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
James Gaffigan, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

BARBER - Essay No. 2
MENDELSSOHN - Piano Concerto No. 1
SIBELIUS - Symphony No. 2

 


FRANK & ELLA

Sunday August 19, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Tony DeSare, vocalist and piano

VARIOUS - Songs by Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald

They were the undisputed singing stars of their era, and they ignited the stage when they joined forces — Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Hear their hit classics such as “The Lady is a Tramp,” “They Can't Take That Away from Me,” “Body and Soul,” and many more.

 


CARMINA BURANA

Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Adrien Perruchon, conductor
Audrey Luna, soprano
Matthew Plenk, tenor 
Elliot Madore, baritone
Blossom Festival Chorus
Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus

COPLAND - Statements
ORFF - Carmina Burana

 


STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE IN CONCERT - LIVE

Friday, August 31, 2018, at 8:30 p.m.*
Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 8:30 p.m.*
Sunday, September 2, 2018, at 8:30 p.m.*

The Cleveland Orchestra
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor

WILLIAMS - Star Wars: A New Hope (film with live orchestral score)

Coming to Blossom from a galaxy far, far away — experience the magic of Star Wars like you’ve never seen it before on the big screen with John Williams’s unforgettable score performed live by the incomparable Cleveland Orchestra!

*Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd, and Warner / Chappell Music. © 2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED