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The Cleveland Orchestra announces program for 2016 Star-Spangled Spectacular FREE Community Concert to take place July 29 in newly renovated Public Square

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

July 29 concert represents first major event on renovated Public Square and is a highlight of the 2016 Cleveland Host Committee’s "A Community Thank You Party" celebration

Release Date:  May 19, 2016

CLEVELANDThe Cleveland Orchestra has announced program details for its 27th annual free community concert in downtown Cleveland, to be performed on Friday, July 29 at 9:00 p.m. This year’s Star-Spangled Spectacular brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and sponsored by KeyBank celebrates the newly renovated Public Square and is the first event of this type in the space.

The concert, led by guest conductor Loras John Schissel, will include patriotic works such as John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and March-Past of the U.S. Armed Forces. Additional highlights include orchestral selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music and baritone Norman Garrett singing “Joey, Joey, Joey” from Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella and “Ol’ Man River” from Kern and Hammerstein’s Showboat. The complete program is listed below. 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, the Star-Spangled Spectacular performance will be broadcast live on 90.3 WCPN and WCLV Classical 104.9 ideastream®.

“For the first time, I am excited to experience the Star-Spangled Spectacular concert, which is one of Cleveland’s beloved annual traditions, and join the community in celebrating the re-opening of Public Square,” said André Gremillet, executive director of The Cleveland Orchestra. “We are grateful to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, KeyBank, and our other producing partners who make this event possible, and to the City of Cleveland for their collaborative effort in hosting this special concert in downtown Cleveland. We are proud to bring Northeast Ohio together with music to celebrate this great city.”

“The Cleveland Orchestra is a source of great pride for Cleveland, and KeyBank is pleased to support this special evening,” said KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney. “As Cleveland celebrates the re-opening of a newly renovated Public Square, and KeyBank’s own historic Public Square branch turns 126 years old, we find this concert to be especially meaningful. We hope Cleveland residents and families who love and appreciate excellent music will join us for this special evening and the educational sessions leading up to it.”

“We’re proud to be in our 10th year of supporting The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual free downtown concert in 2016,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, CEO & Executive Director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “As we celebrate the tremendous redesign of Public Square, we hope this event will serve as a reminder of the thousands of free events supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture each year that are available for the community to explore.”

RTA Public Transportation Details
Star-Spangled Spectacular attendees are encouraged to take the RTA Rapid to Tower City from the Eastside and the Westside of Cleveland. RTA’s rail service will expand their service to accommodate the crowds before and after the concert. As always, the RTA HealthLine operates between the Windermere Rapid Station and Public Square twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

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). 2016 locations, dates, and times are:

Cuyahoga County Public Library: Parma
6996 Powers Boulevard • Parma, Ohio  44129
Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library: Warrensville Heights
4415 Northfield Road • Warrensville Heights, Ohio  44128
Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Langston Hughes Branch of Cleveland Public Library
10200 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
Thursday, July 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Street Closure Dates and Details
Thursday, July 28 at 6:00 a.m.:

  • Superior Avenue from East Roadway to West Roadway

Friday, July 29 at 4:00 p.m.:

  • Superior Avenue from West 3rd Street to East 6th Street
  • Ontario Street from Prospect to St. Clair Avenue
  • West Roadway from Rockwell to Euclid Avenue
  • East Roadway from Euclid Avenue to Rockwell Avenue
  • Rockwell Avenue from West Mall Drive to West Roadway
  • Euclid Avenue from East 4th to West Roadway

About Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture.  Cuyahoga County residents created Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in 2006 when they approved a tax on cigarettes to support arts and culture in our community.  In 2015, the community affirmed its commitment to arts and culture by extending the tax through 2027. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested more than $140 million in more than 300 organizations to deliver on the promise made to support thousands of enriching arts and culture experiences in every corner of the county.  For more information, visit

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

This concert is brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
and sponsored by KeyBank

with additional support from Tower City Center,
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority,
Cuyahoga County Public Library,
and Public Square Programming and Operations

in collaboration with media partners
90.3 WCPN, and WCLV Classical 104.9 ideastream®

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

About the July 29 – 30 RNC Host Committee ‘Thank You Cleveland’ Weekend
The July 29 Cleveland Orchestra Star-Spangled Spectacular concert is a highlight of the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee’s “A Community Thank You Party”, a weekend celebration which features festivities throughout Downtown Cleveland in appreciation of all the entire Cleveland community and Host Committee volunteers will do to make Cleveland shine on the world stage during the Republican National Convention. Additional activities of the weekend include a family-friendly celebration on Public Square from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with live entertainment, kids’ activities, and food and beverage for purchase as well as free admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on July 30th. In addition, the Cleveland Indians will play a three-game series at Progressive Field July 29-31 against the Oakland Athletics with fireworks after the Friday and Saturday games.

The Star-Spangled Spectacular
Brought to You by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and KeyBank
with The Cleveland Orchestra

Date:  Friday, July 29, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Cleveland Orchestra Concert

Start Time:  6:00 p.m. – Pre-concert jumbotron video presentations

9:00 p.m. – concert begins
10:15 p.m. – approximate conclusion of concert, followed by fireworks (weather permitting).

Where:  Public Square in Downtown Cleveland
What:  The Cleveland Orchestra performing

The Cleveland Orchestra
Loras John Schissel, conductor
Norman Garrett, baritone

TRADITIONAL - The Star-Spangled Banner
ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT - Gershwin in Hollywood
MAX STEINER/arr. Percy Faith and Loras John Schissel - Theme from A Summer Place
FRANK LOESSER  “Joey, Joey, Joey” from The Most Happy Fella
                                    Norman Garrett, baritone
JEROME KERN and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II - “Ol’ Man River” from Showboat
                                    Norman Garrett, baritone
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA - March: The Black Horse Troop
GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN - “Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?” from Porgy and Bess
RICHARD RODGERS and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II - Selections from The Sound of Music
JEROME MOROSS - Theme from The Big Country
TRADITIONAL - March-Past of the U.S. Armed Forces
JULIA WARD HOWE / WILLIAM STEFFE - The Battle Hymn of the Republic
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA - March: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Cleveland Food Trucks (as of July 25, 2016)
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Where:  Rockwell Avenue and East Roadway
Food Truck Vendors:
     216 Bistro
     East Coast Custard
     Fork Fuel: Urban Street Food
     Fire Truck Pizza Company
     Fired Up Taco
     Wok n Roll