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From Bach and Beethoven at Severance Hall, to family-friendly summer concerts at Blossom Music Center, The Cleveland Orchestra has something for everyone.
The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918. Over the ensuing decades, the orchestra quickly grew from a fine regional organization to being one of the most admired symphony orchestras in the world. The opening in 1931 of Severance Hall as the Orchestra’s home brought a special pride to the ensemble and its hometown, as well as providing an enviable and intimate acoustic environment in which to develop and refine the Orchestra’s artistry. Year-round performances became a reality in 1968 with the opening of Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls.
Recent and ongoing expansions with the orchestra include:
Expansion of education and community programs in Northeast Ohio to feature music as an integral and regular part of everyday life for more people, including the launch this past spring of an “At Home” neighborhood residency program that brings The Cleveland Orchestra to a single neighborhood or town for an intensive week of special activities and performances. The Cleveland Orchestra also offers concerts and programs geared towards families, such as its PNC Musical Rainbows, geared towards families with children ages 3 to 6;
The establishment of residencies around the world, including ongoing residencies at the Vienna Musik-verein (the first of its kind by an American orchestra) and in Florida under the name Cleveland Orch-estra Miami;
Creative new artistic collaborations with arts institutions in Northeast Ohio, including staged works, concerts, and chamber music performances;
A variety of new concert offerings (including KeyBank Fridays@7 and Celebrity Series at Severance Hall as well as movie, themed, and family presentations at Blossom);
The return of ballet as a regular part of the Orchestra’s presentations, featuring ongoing collaborations with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet; and
Concert tours from coast to coast in the United States, including regular appearances at Carnegie Hall.
Under 18s for Free program
Children and teens under the age of 18 can attend any Blossom Music Festival concert and select Severance Hall concerts each season.
The program was launched in 2011 for the Blossom Music Festival.
At Blossom, this program offers free lawn passes (two per regular-priced adult paid admission) to those under 18 to any Blossom Music Festival concert each summer. These tickets can be ordered online (once individual tickets for each Blossom season go on sale) or through the ticket office.
At Severance Hall, the program offers free tickets (one per regular-priced adult paid admission) to young people ages 7 to 17 to the Orchestra’sFridays@7, Friday Morning at 11, and Sunday Afternoon at 3 concerts, as well as Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra concerts, Family Concerts, and PNC Musical Rainbows (for ages 3 to 6). The free tickets for Severance Hall concerts eligible for this program must be purchased through the Severance Hall ticket office and are not available online at this time.
Blossom Music Festival
The Cleveland Orchestra recently announced the 2014 Blossom Music Festival Season, which will include 18 concerts total. The Cleveland Orchestra will perform for 15 of those concerts, the Blossom Festival Band will perform twice and the Blossom Festival Orchestra will play once. The series of concerts runs July 3 through Aug. 31.
The opening concert will be the traditional “Salute to America,” performed by the Blossom Festival Band.
Other highlights of the season include the Festival opening concert featuring Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the return of conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a concert featuring Yo-Yo Ma as soloist in the Elgar Cello Concerto, a performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana, “A Beatles Tribute: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Their U.S. Arrival,” and two different programs to close the season on Labor Day weekend, beginning with “Family Funfest at Blossom” featuring the Blossom Festival Orchestra performing tunes from The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Frozen, and other movie favorites, plus family-friendly pre-concert activities, and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting The Cleveland Orchestra in the final program of the season, a European Festivals Tour send-off concert. The tour performances will be announced at a later date.
A wide variety of popular music will be featured at Blossom this summer, including a “Sci-Fi Spectacular” program with music from the major science fiction TV shows and movies, under the direction of Jack Everly. Broadway stars will take the stage in a Broadway Standing Ovations program, also led by Jack Everly. Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman conducts Hollywood under the Stars, a blockbuster tribute to music from many favorite movies.
Severance Hall is at 11001 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland. The ticket office for the orchestra can be reached at 216-231-1111 or at 800-686-1141.
Blossom Music Center is at 1145 W. Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls.
For details on concerts and tickets, visit www.clevelandorchestra.com online.