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The Cleveland Orchestra announces 2017 Star-Spangled Spectacular

FREE Community Concert in Downtown Cleveland June 30 on Mall B

The annual Star-Spangled Spectacular is brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and sponsored by KeyBank

Concert broadcast live on radio at 90.3 WCPN and WCLV 104.9 ideastream

Release: May 11, 2017   /   Revised: June 28, 2017

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra has announced program details for its 28th annual, free community concert in downtown Cleveland, which will take place on Friday evening, June 30, with the performance beginning at 9:00 p.m. This year’s Star-Spangled Spectacular, brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and sponsored by KeyBank, will be held on the spacious Mall B (located at 300 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114) between the Global Center for Health Innovation and Cleveland Public Auditorium.

The concert, led by guest conductor Loras John Schissel, will include patriotic favorites, Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture, and more. Details of the program follow at the end of this release. The performance is capped off with a spectacular fireworks display.

As part of an ongoing commitment to partnering with ideastream to provide greater access to music and culture for the citizens of Cuyahoga County and beyond, the Star-Spangled Spectacular performance audio will be broadcast live on 90.3 WCPN and WCLV Classical 104.9.

“We are thrilled to bring great music to the Cleveland community again this year with the support of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, KeyBank, and our other producing partners,” said André Gremillet, Executive Director of The Cleveland Orchestra. “Each year, we look forward to this special annual Cleveland tradition, and we are pleased to return to Mall B downtown this year, in order to serve the largest possible audience.”

“As Cleveland’s hometown bank we take great pride in providing broad audiences the opportunity to experience the city’s most treasured cultural gems,” said KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney. “The Cleveland Orchestra’s Star-Spangled Spectacular is an annual event that is enjoyed by all ages and we’re proud to partner with The Cleveland Orchestra, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and ideastream to once again create this memorable occasion.”

“Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is pleased to bring you the annual Star-Spangled Spectacular,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, CEO + Executive Director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “For more than ten years, CAC has leveraged public dollars to connect area residents to this community-wide celebration of arts and culture.”  

Family Workshops at Cuyahoga County Public Library Locations
Again this year, the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) will host Star-Spangled Spectacular Family Workshops in the weeks leading up to the concert (previewing the music and helping kids and families prepare for this special performance). 2017 locations, dates, and times are:

Cuyahoga County Public Library: Warrensville Heights 4415 Northfield Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128 Friday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library: Parma 6996 Powers Boulevard, Parma, Ohio 44129 Monday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.   

Friday evening, June 30, 2017

Pre-concert activities, jumbotron presentation, and food trucks, begin at 6:00 p.m.
The musical concert begins at 9:00 p.m.

Loras John Schissel, conductor
on Mall B in Downtown Cleveland
(between Lakeside and St. Clair Avenues)

Concert at a Glance
TRADITIONAL - The Star-Spangled Banner
WHITING - Hurrah for Hollywood
ELMER BERNSTEIN - Overture to The Magnificent Seven
WILLIAMS - from Harry Potter movies:
     "Fawkes the Phoenix"
     "Nimbus 2000"
     "Hedwig's Theme"
WILLSON - "Seventy-Six Trombones" from The Music Man
HERBERT - Pan Americana
GERSWHIN - Riddle Promenade
SOUSA - March: Semper Fidelis
De WILDE - Arlington Fanfare
TRADITIONAL - March-Past of the U.S. Armed Forces
TCHAIKOVSKY - Overture: The Year 1812

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

sponsored by

with additional support from
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Cuyahoga County Public Library.

in collaboration with media partners
ideastream WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, and WCLV 104.9

and in coordination with logistical partners
City of Cleveland and Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

Mall B Location and RTA Public Transportation Details
Located a few blocks to the northeast of Public Square between the Global Center for Health Innovation and Cleveland Public Auditorium on St. Clair Avenue, Mall B is a grassy area that is an ideal location to bring a blanket for the concert. Attendees are encouraged to take the RTA Rapid to the event. Mall B is a short 5-minute walk from RTA’s Tower City Station. Additionally, the RTA HealthLine will run from the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere to Public Square.

About Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is one of the largest public funders for arts and culture in the nation, helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. Since 2007, CAC has invested more than $158 million in more than 300 organizations both large and small, making our community a more vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

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