The Cleveland Orchestra showcases timeless masterpieces, world music, and popular American music at the 2010 Blossom Festival

The Orchestra will perform symphonic masterpieces by Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and more; Music Director Franz Welser-Möst to conduct Brahms and Schubert

The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2010 Blossom Festival at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls begins Friday, July 2, with an American Spectacular Cleveland Orchestra concert and continues through Sunday, September 5, with performances by The Cleveland Orchestra and The Joffrey Ballet on Labor Day weekend. This season’s programming offers symphonic masterpieces, ballet, world music, popular music, and film music, to attract new fans to Blossom.

The Cleveland Orchestra will perform 12 concert programs at the Blossom Festival, including many of the symphonic literature’s most popular Baroque, Classical, and Romantic works. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will lead two programs, featuring Brahms’s Second Symphony, Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, or A Hero’s Life, and Schubert’s Fourth Symphony.

The music of Tchaikovsky figures prominently in the Festival, including the “1812” Overture, the Violin Concerto with guest artist Giora Schmidt in his Cleveland Orchestra debut, and the First Piano Concerto with Arnaldo Cohen. Additional audience favorites throughout the season include Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. Guest conductor Nicholas McGegan returns for a program featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with Associate Concertmaster Peter Otto as soloist, and Karen Gomyo will make her Cleveland Orchestra debut in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, led by former Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Andrew Grams. Returning guest conductors include Jahja Ling and Stéphane Denève (in his Blossom Festival debut), as well as Cleveland Orchestra Director of Choruses Robert Porco. Violinist Gil Shaham will perform Barber’s Violin Concerto led by Pablo Heras-Casado (in his Cleveland Orchestra debut), and David Zinman will conduct Brahms’s First Piano Concerto with Stephen Hough as soloist.

The 2010 Blossom Festival season will conclude on Labor Day weekend with two performances featuring The Joffrey Ballet in repertoire to be announced. Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Tito Muñoz will lead the performances. The Joffrey Ballet’s appearances renew a long-standing tradition of ballet at Blossom. Ballet companies appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra in the pit at Blossom annually from 1968 through 1984. Last season, the Joffrey collaborated with the Orchestra for the first time since 1988, for an audience of 10,000 people over two evenings.

Kids Free on the Lawn and General Admission Tickets Continue
Continuing last year’s new policy, children 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn with an adult Lawn ticket purchase. The Kids Lawn Passes are available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office and the Blossom Box Office.

Blossom patrons holding Lawn tickets may sit on the Lawn or can choose from among 1,500 seats at the rear of the Pavilion that are general admission – first come, first seated – and are priced individually at $19 and $21 for most concerts. This change was welcomed last season by thousands of concertgoers who value Blossom’s low Lawn prices but also enjoy the comfort and shelter of the Blossom Pavilion.

Individual concert Pavilion tickets range in price from $19 to $93. Lawn tickets for the Lawn and the rear Pavilion for most Blossom Festival concerts are priced at $19 or $21. Individual tickets go on sale by telephone, in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, and online at www.clevelandorchestra.com on Tuesday, June 1. The Blossom Box Office opens for the season on Friday, June 4, and will be open throughout the summer on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. through intermission on concert days.

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