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Rhapsody in Blue

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Roderick Cox, conductor
Aaron Diehl, piano


BERNSTEIN - Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
GERSHWIN - Rhapsody in Blue
STRAVINSKY - Suite from The Firebird
TCHAIKOVSKY - 1812 Overture

Celebrate summer with four extraordinary scores by four extraordinary composers — performed by one of the world’s finest orchestras. End your night with a bang — literally! — by listening to Tchaikovsky’s "1812" Overture and watching a fireworks display.

Fireworks follow the concert, weather permitting.

The July 5th concert is sponsored by
United Airlines,
     Preferred Airlines of The Cleveland Orchestra.

The July 6th concert is sponsored by
Baker Hostetler.

2019 Blossom Season Sponsor: 
The J.M. Smucker Company

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Program Books

Information and background about the music are printed in program books distributed free-of-charge at most Cleveland Orchestra concerts. The program notes are usually available on-line ahead of time (see links below).

On-Line FlipBook
Click or tap here to read the program book for these concerts as an online flipbook, best viewed on a desktop or tablet computer.  (2019 Blossom Book No. 1:  June 28 through July 13, published June 25.)

Mobile-Friendly ExpressBook (
Or click or tap here to read about the concert on your phone with our mobile-friendly ExpressBook, available the week of the concert.

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Under 18s Free

Introduced for Blossom Music Festival concerts in 2011, The Cleveland Orchestra's “Under 18s Free” program is designed to encourage families to attend Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Festival concerts together.  

For more information on how it works, click here.

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Free parking is available for all Blossom Music Festival concerts.

LAWN TICKET HOLDERS park free on grass lots. 

PAVILION TICKET HOLDERS are eligible for a parking pass or hang tag for one of Blossom's paved lots.  

Pavilion ticket holders who purchase tickets 10 days in advance automatically receive complimentary dated parking hang tags for Blossom’s paid parking lots C-D-E.

Blossom Subscribers receive an undated parking pass for Subscriber Lot B.

Box Seat holders receive complimentary dated parking hang tags for Blossom’s paid parking lot, First Energy Lot A. 

View Blossom Grounds Map
More information about Blossom parking can be found here

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Wine Tastings

The Tasting Room is a new addition to this summer's Blossom Music Festival. Located near Lot A (previously the Bandwagon Gift Shop), The Tasting Room is open before and after concerts, featuring small bites and a selection of fine wines and spirits.

This event's wine tasting includes:

  • Taureaux Red Blend
  • Y3 Chardonnay
  • Y3 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Noir Rose
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Cleveland Orchestra Preservation Fund

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