Blossom Summer Music Festival

 

Picture this…A beautiful summer night, your gourmet picnic on the lawn at Blossom Music Center, and The Cleveland Orchestra playing a favorite classical piece.

Once again it’s your opportunity to support WKSU and receive Blossom Summer Music Festival vouchers!

Pledge below, or call the station at 330-672-3114. With your credit card information or complete payment, you will receive vouchers and a Summer Festival program in time for the July 2nd patriotic concert series. You can use your vouchers for the performances in the 2015 Blossom Festival Series.

Now through June 30, make a pledge to support quality public radio on WKSU and be automatically entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini or an Apple Watch!

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Available Performances

(Subject to change, please check with the box office for the most current scheduling information.)

 

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.*
Friday, July 3, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.*
The Cleveland Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor – Blossom Music Festival debut

GOLDSMITH - Fireworks: A Celebration
GERSHWIN - Overture to Girl Crazy
GOULD - “Pavanne” from American Symphonette No. 2
WILLIAMS - “Flight to Neverland” from Hook
BERNSTEIN - Candide: Suite for Orchestra
GOULD - American Salute
COPLAND - Old American Songs
WARD/BATES - America the Beautiful (arr. Dragon)
TCHAIKOVSKY - “1812” Overture

A patriotic celebration featuring The Cleveland Orchestra.  Celebrate Independence Day with a concert of light classics plus Broadway and Hollywood classics, concluding with Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture and fireworks.

* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.


A SALUTE TO AMERICA

Saturday, July 4, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.*
Blossom Festival Band
Loras John Schissel, conductor
Harold Summy, xylophone – Blossom Music Festival debut

Great music, fireworks, and fun for the whole family!  Blossom’s traditional, star-spangled celebration with the Blossom Festival Band, featuring a mix of patriotic Sousa marches, Broadway favorites by Rodgers and Hart, an Armed Forces Salute, and more – ending with the “1812” Overture and fireworks.

* Denotes fireworks following the concert, weather permitting.


MICHAEL FEINSTEIN:  A BIG BAND TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.
Michael Feinstein, vocalistBlossom Music Festival Debut

A Big Band centennial salute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”  No one delivered a song like Frank Sinatra.  He defined “cool” for an entire generation with a dazzling array of hit songs and albums.  Michael Feinstein performs live Sinatra’s iconic tunes, including "Love and Marriage," "New York, New York," and “My Way.”

The Cleveland Orchestra does not appear on this program.


TCHAIKOVSKY’S FOURTH

Saturday, July 25, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Stéphane Denève, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano – Cleveland Orchestra debut

STRAVINSKY - Concerto in E-flat major (“Dumbarton Oaks”)
SCHUMANN - Piano Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 4

He wore his heart on his sleeve.  Tchaikovsky’s life was filled with inner turmoil, and this whirlwind of emotions is captured perfectly in his Fourth Symphony.  Impassioned and red-blooded, sentimental and wryly humorous, he perfectly expresses the raw emotions that we can all relate to.


ELGAR’S ENIGMA VARIATIONS

Sunday, July 26, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jahja Ling, conductor
Franklin Cohen, clarinet

This concert features Franklin Cohen’s farewell appearance as a concerto soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra after 39 seasons as Principal Clarinet. Also on the program, Elgar’s popular Enigma Variations is both musical and personal, as Elgar portrays his friends in music of tenderness, admiration, and joy.

Program includes:
WEBER - Clarinet Concerto No. 2
ELGAR - Enigma Variations


BARBER AND BARTÓK

Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.*
The Cleveland Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
with the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra*

DVOŘÁK - The Noon Witch
BARBER - Violin Concerto
BARTÓK - Concerto for Orchestra

This gorgeous violin concerto should be on your playlist.  From its magical first notes to a breathtaking conclusion, American composer Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto is a virtuoso tour-de-force.  Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra showcases the brilliant individual virtuosos of The Cleveland Orchestra.

* Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra performs music by Stravinsky at 7:00 p.m.  The Cleveland Orchestra’s concert (program listed above) begins at 8:00 p.m.


BROADWAY DIVAS

Sunday, August 2, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Jack Everly, conductor

Wicked. Les Misérables. Chicago.  These iconic shows gave us the heroines we love … and the villains we revile: the unforgettable Divas of Broadway.  Treat yourself to a Wicked-good evening of Broadway showstoppers, featuring selections from Wicked, Les Miz, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Chicago, and more.


GARRICK OHLSSON PLAYS BEETHOVEN’S EMPEROR

Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

BEETHOVEN - “Leonore” Overture No. 2
BEETHOVEN - Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”)
DVOŘÁK - Symphony No. 8

The greatest of piano concertos, performed by a masterful interpreter.  He’s remembered as a tempestuous, intense composer, but Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto is proof of the tenderness and beauty that runs this great man’s music.  Immensely popular with audiences and critics alike, Garrick Ohlsson is recognized worldwide as one of the finest pianists of his generation.


TCHAIKOVSKY’S VIOLIN CONCERTO

Saturday, August 15, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
James Feddeck, conductor
Simone Lamsma, violin – Blossom Music Festival debut

WEBER - Overture to Euryanthe
TCHAIKOVSKY - Violin Concerto
SIBELIUS - Symphony No. 5

Dazzling, breathtaking, and devilishly difficult.  Perhaps the favorite violin concerto of all time – and certainly the most virtuosic – Tchaikovsky’s music is infused with rich, passionate melodies.


THE BRITISH INVASION:  THE BEATLES, THE STONES, THE WHO, AND MORE

Sunday, August 16, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Storm Large, vocalist – Cleveland Orchestra debut
Shem von Schroeck, vocalist – Cleveland Orchestra debut

The Beatles arrived in 1964 … but that was only the beginning.  The phenomenon called The British Invasion dominated the American airwaves, and leading the charge were the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, and more.  Now, these hits are given the full treatment with brilliant orchestrations performed as only the masterful musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra can.


BACH AND MOZART

Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Mark Kosower, cello

BACH - Orchestral Suite No. 3
HAYDN - Cello Concerto in C major
J.C. BACH - Sinfonia in G minor
MOZART - Symphony No. 31 (“Paris”)

An evening under the stars with two of music’s favorite masters.  Mozart and Bach are revered as two of the very greatest musicians of all time.  Enjoy an evening of music spanning the Baroque and Classical eras that feature some of their most-loved works. 


GIL SHAHAM PLAYS BRUCH

Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Edo de Waart, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

BRUCH - Violin Concerto No. 1
MAHLER - Symphony No. 1 (“Titan”)

One of the most popular – and most beautiful – of all violin concertos.  With lovely lyricism and brilliant virtuosity, Bruch’s concerto is a dazzling showcase for pretty much everything the violin can do.  Renowned violinist and audience favorite Gil Shaham returns for a concert that concludes with Mahler’s ebullient, triumphant first symphony.


All artists and programs are subject to change.