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Elgar's Enigma

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Gemma New, conductor
Gautier Capuçon, cello
with the
Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra


Do you like puzzles? Legend has it there’s a hidden melody in Edward Elgar’s eminent score, which features 14 variations on an original theme — each a separate musical portrayal of a friend or family member. His ninth variation, called "Nimrod," has been widely adapted for films such as Dunkirk and Elizabeth.

At a Glance
beginning at 7 p.m.

Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra
     conducted by Vinay Parameswaran
MENDELSSOHN - Overture: The Hebrides
RAVEL - Suite from Mother Goose


beginning at 8 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
     conducted by Gemma New
     with Gautier Capuçon, cello
SIBELIUS - Finlandia
SAINT-SAËNS - Cello Concerto No.1


beginning at about 9 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
     performing side-by-side with the
Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra
     conducted by Gemma New
ELGAR - Enigma Variations

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 beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

Bramwell Tovey, who was originally announced to conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in this concert, has regretfully cancelled his appearance this week due to illness. Making her debut with The Cleveland Orchestra, New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New is stepping in to replace Mr. Tovey and lead this concert with the originally-announced concerto soloist and the side-by-side performance of Elgar's Enigma Variations.

This concert will be presented with Image Magnification (IMAG) — featuring live video of the performers displayed on LED screens in the Blossom Pavilion.  This initiative is part of a collaborative partnership between The Cleveland Orchestra and ideastream®.

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. 2:  July 20 thru 28, published July 16.)

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

"Under 18s Free" for families at Blossom

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:

  • Picpoul
  • La Forcine Vouvray
  • CDR Les Chaumpauvin
  • CDR Rouge Reserve (A Jaume)

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