Cleveland Orchestra announces 2019 Blossom Music Festival lineup

The Cleveland Orchestra announces its 2019 Blossom Music Festival season, presented by The J.M. Smucker Company. Twenty concerts will be part of the Blossom Music Festival, taking place from June 29 – Sept. 1, according to a news release.

Seventeen soloists, conductors, and special guest performers will be making debuts this summer, continuing the Orchestra’s commitment to bring emerging young artists to Northeast Ohio during its annual summer festival, the release continued. In addition to these sensational newcomers, Blossom audience favorites join music legends in thrilling performances on the festival stage.

The lineup, according to the release, is:

·       Winner of the prestigious Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2018, American conductor Roderick Cox makes his Blossom Festival debut in a program including Tchaikovsky’s crowd-pleasing “1812” Overture and music by Leonard Bernstein during the worldwide celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday. Rising jazz superstar pianist Aaron Diehlreturns to the Blossom stage for an original take on Gershwin’s ever-popular “Rhapsody in Blue.” Praised by New York Times jazz critics for “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint,” Diehl has performed with jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant. (July 5 & 6).

·       Featured on The New York Times’ 2018 list of the Best Classical Music and renowned as both a pianist and composer, Conrad Tao continues his busy schedule performing with top orchestras by debuting with The Cleveland Orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. (July 13).

·       Young Finnish conductor and newly-appointed Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Klaus Mäkelä makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut leading a program that includes Bruch’s melodic Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring another debut — 17-year-old Swedish violin prodigy Daniel Lozakovich (July 20).

·       Legendary classical guitarist Pepe Romero will perform with The Cleveland Orchestra for the first time in over 50 years with Rodrigo’s colorful Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra (July 21).

·       The Cleveland Orchestra’s own Jung-Min Amy Lee makes a Blossom solo turn with Barber’s lush and masterful Violin Concerto (August 10).

·       Continuing the celebration of “Bernstein at 100,” Blossom audiences can discover the composer’s rarely-performed Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”), plus Rachmaninoff’s lush Symphonic Dances, led by Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran (August 24).

·       Brian Wilson, legendary songwriter and co-founder of The Beach Boys, along with long-time bandmates Al Jardineand Blondie Chaplin,joins the Blossom Festival Orchestra to perform the classic album Pet Sounds in its entirety, along with other chart-topping hits (August 11).

·       Peter Yarrow and Noel “Paul” Stookey — singer-songwriters from the influential American folk group Peter, Paul and Mary — join The Cleveland Orchestra to perform some of the group’s most beloved songs (July 7).

·       Audience-favorite, vocalist Capathia Jenkins, returns to the Blossom stage for a tribute to the Queen of Soul —Aretha Franklin. Also joined by Ryan Shaw and the Blossom Festival Chorus, hear The Cleveland Orchestra perform hits like “Chain of Fools,” “Respect,” and “A Natural Woman” (July 28).

·       The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music, will be performed in concert with singers from the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre program (August 24).

Programming this summer offers audiences a wide range of music to explore. Concert selections range from treasured classical works — such as Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”), and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 — to rarely-heard music for Blossom audiences to discover—including Zemlinksy’s Die Seejungfrau [The Mermaid], based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Little Mermaid.

Previously announced films included on the 2019 season are Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone  on June 29 & 30 and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back on August 30 & 31 and September 1.

Details are available at clevelandorchestra.comNew series packages and Lawn Ticket Books are available for purchase now. Individual tickets for the entire season go on sale in April.



Image courtesy Cleveland Orchestra, featuring top: Blossom Music Center by Aerial Agents, The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Festival Chorus by Roger Mastroianni, Blossom Music Center by Roger Mastroianni. Middle: Aaron Diehl, Klaus Mäkelä by Heikki Tuuli, Roderick Cox by Josh Kohanek, Brian Wilson, Jung-Min Amy Lee by Roger Mastroianni, Pablo Heras-Casado. Bottom: Noel “Paul” Stookey and Peter Yarrow, Conrad Tao by Brantley Gutierrez, Daniel Lozakovich by Lev Efimov courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon, Pepe Romero by Antón Goiri, Capathia Jenkins


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