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The Star Spangled Spectacular

The Cleveland Orchestra performs in The Star-Spangled Spectacular brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture on Public Square on Monday evening, July 1, 2013 William Eddins conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in its 24th annual free downtown concert Randy Newman's Suite from "Toy Story" and the "Superman March" by John Williams are featured on family-friendly program Soprano Jessica Rivera performs songs by Bernstein and Copland, and leads an "America the Beautiful" sing-a-long Concert is broadcast live on 90.3 WCPN and WCLV 104.9 ideastream® MAKE MUSIC! Cuyahoga County Public Library and The Cleveland Orchestra partner together and invite the Northeast Ohio community to perform and record patriotic songs – selected videos will be featured on a giant screen on Public Square Cleveland's gourmet food trucks at Public Square from 5-10 p.m. Release date: May 30, 2013

CLEVELANDThe Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of William Eddins, will perform in The Star-Spangled Spectacular brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Orchestra’s 24th annual free community concert in downtown Cleveland, on Monday, July 1, on Public Square.  The concert will be hosted by ideastream’s Dee Perry. 

Beginning at 9:00 p.m., The Cleveland Orchestra and William Eddins will perform a program featuring popular American favorites including Samuel Ward’s America the Beautiful and John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever. Also on the program are Randy Newman’s Suite from Toy Story, to recognize Mr. Newman’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and the “Superman March” by John Williams, honoring the 75th anniversary of Superman. The concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture and will be followed by a fireworks display, weather permitting. 

Soprano Jessica Rivera will perform with the Orchestra as soloist in selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Copland’s Old American Songs.  Ms. Rivera will also lead the Public Square audience in a sing-a-long of Samuel Ward’s “America the Beautiful.”

Beginning at 5:00 p.m., selected videos made by the Northeast Ohio community will be featured on a giant screen on Public Square.  Also in the hours leading up to the Orchestra’s concert, a line-up of Cleveland’s gourmet food trucks will provide a variety of cuisines to concertgoers.  The 9:00 p.m. concert will be broadcast live on 90.3 WCPN and WCLV 104.9. 


New this year, The Cleveland Orchestra and Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) invite musicians of all ages to contribute their talents to Make Music!, the Orchestra’s initiative to encourage community music-making.  Any ensemble, from a bell choir to a church choir, or barbershop quartet to a string quartet, garage band, or a marching band, are invited to perform a patriotic song at one of CCPL’s free professional video recording sessions during May.  Ensembles can also submit their own video via YouTube, and then send the respective site link to for registration.  Select performance videos will be shown on a giant screen in Public Square before the July 1 Cleveland Orchestra concert and via social media.

Additionally, CCPL will host a variety of events during June that engage the community by meeting musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra, exploring the instruments of a symphony orchestra, and learning more about the concert program of the July 1 concert.  Please see below for more information on events at CCPL locations.


This community celebration is supported in part by the residents
of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Star-Spangled Spectacular brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
receives additional support from The Avenue at Tower City Center,
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cuyahoga County Public Library;
from media partners WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, and WCLV 104.9 ideastream;
and from logistical partners City of Cleveland and Downtown Cleveland Alliance.



The Star-Spangled Spectacular
brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

with The Cleveland Orchestra

Date:  Monday, July 1, 2013

Cleveland Orchestra Concert

Time: Concert begins at 9:00 p.m. and ends at approximately 10:15 p.m., followed by fireworks (weather permitting).  Community videos will be shown prior to the concert, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Public Square in Downtown Cleveland
Superior Avenue and Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
The Cleveland Orchestra
William Eddins, conductor
hosted by Dee Perry
with Jessica Rivera, soprano
TRADITIONAL     The Star-Spangled Banner
JOHN WILLIAMS      Liberty Fanfar
RANDY NEWMAN     Suite from Toy Story
LEONARD BERNSTEIN     “Somewhere” from West Side Story
AARON COPLAND      “Buckaroo Holiday” and “Hoe Down” from Rodeo
AARON COPLAND      “Zion’s Walls” and “At the River” from Old American Songs
JOHN WILLIAMS      March from Superman
TRADITIONAL     Armed Forces Salute
SAMUEL WARD     America the Beautiful
PYOTR I. TCHAIKOVSKY     “1812” Overture
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA     March, The Stars and Stripes Forever


Cleveland Food Trucks

Time: 5:00-10:00 p.m., prior to and during the Orchestra’s performance

Where: Public Square in Downtown Cleveland
Superior Avenue and Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44114


Events leading up to the July 1 concert at Public Square:

Video Recording Sessions at CCPL Locations

Wednesday, May 29, at 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Olmsted Falls Branch
8100 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, 44138

Thursday, May 30, at 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Branch
4480 Ridge Road, Brooklyn, 44144

All ages and musical styles are welcome. Only ensembles are invited – no individual performances.  All participants will be asked to sign a release form.  Video footage will become the property of The Cleveland Orchestra and Cuyahoga County Public Library.  Performances must be 5 minutes or less, and the song performed must be a patriotic song, not subject to copyright in the USA.  Please follow this link for a selection of eligible works for public use:

For complete details, and to register for a recording session, please visit:


Listen & Learn

Monday, June 3, at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Fairview Park Branch
21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, 44126

Thursday, June 6, at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mayfield Branch
500 SOM Center Road, Mayfield, 44143

Music Study Groups: Explore the music the Orchestra will play at the July 1
Public Square with Rose Breckenridge, lecturer for The Cleveland Orchestra.

Cleveland Orchestra Connections – Up Close and Personal

Tuesday, June 25, at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mayfield Branch
500 SOM Center Road, Mayfield, 44143

Join Cleveland Orchestra musicians and staff for casual chats, and find out
everything you ever wanted to know about the Orchestra but were afraid to ask.

Cleveland Orchestra Connections – From Our (Instrument) Family to Yours!

Saturday, June 29 at 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Berea Branch
7 Berea Commons, Berea, 441017

Learn about the instrument families in this fun-filled opportunity for your family,
and preview the family-friendly music on this year’s Public Square concert.


All artists and programs are subject to change.