Northeast Ohio’s favorite summer tradition returns for ten weeks of concerts and picnics at Blossom Music Center, the Orchestra’s summer home

Time-honored favorites, contemporary classical, Broadway, folk, film scores, and Beethoven’s triumphant Ninth Symphony fill out a season with something for every music-lover

Subscriptions on sale now, individual tickets available April 4

Under 18s Free, a signature program of The Cleveland Orchestra, continues to provide access to the Orchestra for young people


CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra announces its 2022 Blossom Music Festival season presented by The J.M. Smucker Co. with an inspiring lineup of concerts. Nineteen concerts are currently part of the 2022 Blossom Music Festival, which runs from Fourth of July through Labor Day weekends (July 2 – September 4) at the Orchestra’s scenic summer home nestled in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Subscriptions are on sale now, with individual tickets available for purchase on Monday, April 4.

“This Blossom Music Festival season is back in all its glory this year,” said Ilya Gidalevich, Director of Artistic Planning for The Cleveland Orchestra. “There are classical works that people know and love — like Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Beethoven’s NinthSymphony — as well as some rarely heard gems we’re excited to share with the Blossom audience. Music lovers can also enjoy incredible film music, Broadway hits, and a return of our collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program for The Sound of Music.”

2022 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
The Cleveland Orchestra begins the Blossom season on July 2 with Associate Conductor Vinay Parameswaran leading the Orchestra in Copland’s Symphony No. 3, which culminates with themes from the popular “Fanfare for the Common Man.” A Cleveland Orchestra premiere of Gulda’s inventive and eclectic Concerto for Cello features Principal Cellist Mark Kosower as soloist.

The Blossom Festival Band is back on July 3 & 4 for a program of patriotic favorites celebrating Independence Day. Fan-favorite conductor Loras John Schissel leads the program which concludes with a spectacular fireworks display.

Conductor Elim Chan makes her Cleveland Orchestra debut on July 9 in a program with Rimsky-Korsakov’s sensational Scheherazade and celebrated pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

The Orchestra is joined by pop/rock vocalists for an evening of music from the Paul Simon Songbook. Hits from this legendary singer/songwriter’s years with Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist will be heard on July 10, including “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Graceland,” and “The Sound of Silence.”

A lively summer evening of Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome will be heard on July 16. Conductor Jader Bignamini makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut on a program that also contains the Cleveland Orchestra premiere of Mary Lou Williams’s jazz/classical-fusion masterpiece Zodiac Suite, inspired by the twelve astrological signs. Returning pianist Aaron Diehl — a native of Columbus, Ohio and noted performer in both the jazz and classical worlds— anchors a jazz trio that brings Williams’s music to life.

Ruth Reinhardt makes her Blossom Festival debut on July 30, leading the Orchestra in a program that includes the Orchestra’s premiere of Bacewicz’s Overture and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5, perfect for an evening outdoors. Violinist Sergey Khachatryan will be back at Blossom to perform Mendelssohn’s lyrical Violin Concerto.

Broadway Legends — including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, and Leonard Bernstein — combine with contemporary Broadway favorites to make a night to remember at Blossom on July 31. Silver screen conductor Richard Kaufman leads the Orchestra and three Broadway vocalists in this evening of music by titans of musical theater, with songs from West Side StoryPhantom of the OperaCats, Evita, Company, and more.

Conductor Jonathan Berman makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut on August 6 with a concert spotlighting one of his specialties: the music of Franz Schmidt. Renowned pianist Cédric Tiberghien joins the Orchestra to perform Grieg’s popular and dynamic Piano Concerto.

In a special presentation on August 7, Blossom favorite Jahja Ling returns to lead the Orchestra, Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra, and Blossom Festival Chorus in one of history’s most inspiring works: Beethoven’s triumphant Symphony No. 9. Returning vocalists Elizabeth DeShong and Raymond Aceto are joined by Leah Hawkins and Issachah Savage, both of whom are making their Cleveland Orchestra debuts. 

Giancarlo Guerrero once again takes the Blossom stage for a pairing of musical titans on August 13. “Astounding pianist,” Daniil Trifonov plays Rachmaninoff’s hauntingly beautiful Piano Concerto No. 2, and the program concludes with Harmonielehre by eminent American composer, John Adams.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra joins the festival on August 27 in a program featuring the music of Geminiani and Hailstork. Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons closes the evening, with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra joined by acclaimed violinist Vadim Gluzman in his Blossom Festival debut.

The Blossom Music Festival season culminates on September 3 & 4 when students from the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music’s renowned Music Theatre program return to the stage for a Rogers and Hammerstein favorite: The Sound of Music. The lightly staged musical will be directed by Victoria Bussert, conducted by Andy Einhorn, and feature talented singers aspiring to be the next generation of Broadway stars.  

These programs join the previously announced film presentations, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert on July 22, 23, & 24 and Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTM in Concerton August 20 & 21. These films will be presented in high definition on large screens, with the unforgettable scores performed live-to-picture by The Cleveland Orchestra.

Further details of the 2022 Blossom Music Festival season, including a list of Cleveland Orchestra and Festival conductor debuts, are available in the Calendar section below and online at clevelandorchestra.com.

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
The Cleveland Orchestra, in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic, will monitor the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the coming months. A list of health and safety protocols for Blossom Music Festival will be announced this Spring.

BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER GUEST EXPERIENCE & PICNICS
The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to providing a world-class guest experience for all visitors to Blossom Music Center.

Bringing a picnic and sharing a meal with family and friends is one of the most treasured summer traditions at Blossom Music Festival, and guests may continue to bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds in 2022. 

Concessions will be available for the 2022 season, including the Blossom Grille restaurant and Tasting Room. The Cleveland Orchestra Store will be open near the main gate entrance.

Image Magnification (IMAG),an on-screen display of live footage from the concert, willbe presented for the entire 2022 Blossom Music Festival season. In 2018, state-of-the-art LED screens were installed in the Pavilion which display live concert footage, viewable throughout the venue.


2022 TICKETS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

Subscription renewals are currently underway. For all subscription offerings and for questions about this summer’s procedures, contact the Severance Music Center Ticket Office at 216-231-1111 or by e-mailing boxoffice@clevelandorchestra.com. Tickets and packages can also be purchased online at clevelandorchestra.com. The Blossom Box Office will be open throughout the summer season on festival performance days, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Premier Subscription Series
The 2022 Blossom Music Festival features a six-concert “Classics” or a five-concert “Pops” series. Subscriptions start at just $120 — a savings of up to 30% off individual ticket prices. Subscribers enjoy exclusive benefits including free Lot B parking and access to Kulas Plaza concessions and restrooms. Box-seat ticket packages include complimentary parking in First Energy Lot A behind the main Box Office and access to Kulas Plaza. Subscribers can also request one free Pavilion youth ticket for each adult subscription ticket purchased as part of our Under 18s Free program (box seats not included). 

Create-Your-Own Series
A Create-Your-Own Series package offers the most flexibility as well as subscriber benefits including free parking in Lot B and savings of 10% off the individual ticket prices.

Lawn Ticket Books
Lawn Ticket Books, a great way to save on tickets for the entire Blossom Music Festival season, include vouchers for children 17 and under. Each book has 10 adult vouchers and two free pavilion upgrade passes — plus 20 Under 18s Free vouchers. Lawn Ticket Books can be used for all Blossom Music Festival concerts, including movie nights. Contact the Box Office or visit clevelandorchestra.com for information

Lawn Ticket Books — with 10 adult vouchers, 20 Under 18s Free vouchers, and two free upgrade passes — can be purchased for $180.

Individual Tickets On Sale for Movie Nights
Individual tickets are on sale now for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in ConcertPavilion ticket prices start at $36 for adults and $15 for children (excluding box seats). Individual lawn tickets start at $26. Two Under 18s Free lawn tickets are available for every one adult lawn ticket purchased. For this concert, there will be limited General Admission areas in the Pavilion available to lawn ticket holders.

Blossom Movie Nights are presented by NOPEC.

Individual tickets for the remainder of the Blossom Music Festival season go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 4. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased through the Severance Music Center Ticket Office, online at clevelandorchestra.com, or by calling Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111.

UNDER 18s FREE
Under 18s Free is a signature program of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences. The Center, created with a lead endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation, was established in 2010 to fund programs to develop new generations of audiences for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Northeast Ohio. Under 18s Free continues to develop young audiences by making attending Orchestra concerts affordable for families, once again offering free Lawn tickets to young people (17 and under) for every Blossom Music Festival concert this season.

At Blossom Music Festival, Under 18s Free lawn vouchers (two per regular-priced adult paid admission) are offered to any Blossom Music Festival subscription concert. Under 18s Free is also included on Premier Subscriptions, with one free pavilion youth ticket offered for each adult subscription ticket purchased.

ABOUT BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER, SUMMER HOME OF THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
Blossom Music Center was created as the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra and opened in July 1968 with performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by George Szell. The 200-acre music park features the award-winning and acoustically-acclaimed Blossom Pavilion, designed by renowned Cleveland architect Peter van Dijk and seating more than 5,000 people under cover. The adjoining Blossom Lawn accommodates as many as 15,000 more outside on an expansive natural-bowl amphitheater of grass surrounded by bucolic woods.

In the more than half-century since Blossom’s opening, headline makers and yet-to-be-discovered young artists across all genres have created unforgettable musical experiences for over 21 million visitors. In a typical summer, Blossom serves more than 400,000 visitors, who attend concerts ranging from rock, country, and pop to classical. Live Nation operates Blossom under a long-term contract with The Cleveland Orchestra, dividing each year between the Orchestra’s Blossom Music Festival of orchestral performances (July Fourth to Labor Day weekends) and a series of presentations from across a wide range of rock, country, and other live-concert genres.

Located 25 miles south of Cleveland and just north of Akron, Blossom is situated in the rolling hills of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which preserves 33,000 acres of natural parkland along the Cuyahoga River. Blossom Music Center was named to honor the Dudley S. Blossom family, who have been major supporters of The Cleveland Orchestra throughout its history. Blossom lies within the city limits of Cuyahoga Falls, an Ohio community first settled in the early 1800s, at 1145 West Steels Corners Road in Summit County.  


2022 Blossom Music Festival Calendar

All performances take place at Blossom Music Center, Summer Home of The Cleveland Orchestra
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FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN
Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 8:00pm*

The Cleveland Orchestra
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Mark Kosower, cello

GULDA  Concerto for Cello (Cleveland Orchestra premiere)                                                                        
COPLAND  Symphony No. 3

A jubilant symphony and a Fanfare for the Common Man. Copland’s third symphony is often called The Great American Symphony; composed as a celebration of the end of WWII, it is a grand and forceful expression of the nation’s hopes, joys, and uncertainties about the post-war world. The symphony concludes with the triumphant Fanfare for the Common Man.                                                

*fireworks, weather permitting                                                                                                              


SALUTE TO AMERICA
Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 8:00pm*
Monday, July 4, 2022 at 8:00pm*

Blossom Festival Band
Loras John Schissel, conductor

Great music, fireworks, and fun for the whole family!  Blossom’s traditional star-spangled celebration with the Blossom Festival Band returns with a program featuring a mix of patriotic marches, Broadway favorites, an Armed Forces salute, and more — concluding with the “1812” Overture and fireworks!

*fireworks, weather permitting


SCHEHERAZADE
Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 7:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Elim Chan, conductor (Cleveland Orchestra debut)
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

WEBER  Overture to Der Freischütz                                                                                                     
LISZT  Piano Concerto No. 1                                                                                                                
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Scheherazade                                                                                                   

One of the most magical scores in all symphonic music, Rimsky-Korsakov’s wondrous Scheherazade brings Arabian Nights to dazzling life. Franz Lizst (introduced to a generation by Bugs Bunny cartoons) composed his first piano concerto for his own wildly popular appearances, to delight the public and display his own jaw-dropping skills.


PAUL SIMON SONGBOOK
Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 7:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jeff Tyzik, conductor (Cleveland Orchestra debut)
Paul Loren, Daniel Berryman, and Emily Drennan, vocalists (Cleveland Orchestra debuts)

An evening of music by the legendary Paul Simon. One of the most successful and respected singer/songwriters of the rock era, Simon is known for his extraordinary output, pairing smart, reflective lyrics with sophisticated pop music. This concert of music by the multi-Grammy-winning legend explores his artistry as a songwriter from his years with Simon and Garfunkel through his solo albums like Graceland. Songs include “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,”  “The Sound of Silence,”  “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” “Graceland,” and many more.                         



PINES AND FOUNTAINS OF ROME
Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 7:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jader Bignamini, conductor (Cleveland Orchestra debut)
Aaron Diehl, piano
Paul Sikivie, bass (Cleveland Orchestra debut)
Aaron Kimmel, drums (Cleveland Orchestra debut)

M. WILLIAMS  Zodiac Suite (Cleveland Orchestra premiere)
RESPIGHI  Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome)        
RESPIGHI  Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome)

Vivid, dazzling pictures of Rome painted by a master symphonist. Respighi’s symphonic poems evoke the sights and sounds of the Eternal City, from its centuries-old trees that dominate the landscape, to its extraordinary fountains. The concert opens with a masterpiece by Mary Lou Williams highlighting each of the twelve astrological signs, performed by Ohio native and star jazz/classical pianist Aaron Diehl.                                                                                                                              



Movie Night Live (Previously announced October 26, 2021):
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Fellowship of the RingTM In Concert
Friday, July 22, 2022 at 7:00pm
Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 7:00pm
Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 7:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Ludwig Wicki, conductor
Blossom Festival Chorus
Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus

SHORE  Fellowship of the Ring (film with live orchestral score performed live-to-picture)

The epic film on the big screen with the original score performed live! Experience The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as you’ve never seen it before—with Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra. Peter Jackson’s award-winning epic fantasy adventure, based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels, follows a hobbit named Frodo Baggins, who finds himself in the possession of the all-powerful One Ring, and the fellowship formed to take it to Mount Doom to be destroyed. See the music of Middle Earth come to life while the movie plays on the big screens.

Movie Night Presenter: NOPEC                                                                                                            


MENDELSSOHN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO
Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 7:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Ruth Reinhardt, conductor (Blossom Festival debut)
Sergey Khachatryan, violin

BACEWICZ  Overture (Cleveland Orchestra premiere)
MENDELSSOHN  Violin Concerto                                                                                                         
DVOŘÁK  Symphony No. 5

Famous melodies and tuneful country dances. Relax under the stars and enjoy delightful music from the Romantic era. From its opening melodies to its virtuosic finale, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is one of the most popular and most frequently performed of all time. Sweet and lyrical, filled with tuneful peasant dances and the sounds of nature, Dvořák’s 5th symphony is the perfect end to a delightful evening.                                                                                                                                               


BROADWAY LEGENDS: WEBBER, SONDHEIM, BERNSTEIN, AND MORE
Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 7:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor
Hugh Panaro, vocalist (Cleveland Orchestra debut)
Dee Roscioli, vocalist (Cleveland Orchestra debut)
Scarlett Strallen, vocalist (Cleveland Orchestra debut)

Broadway mega hits. Star vocalists. A night to remember. Pack a picnic and enjoy a celebration of the best of American theater through the enduring songs of legendary composers Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, and more — culminating with a special tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Relive your favorite onstage moments with music from Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, West Side StoryCompany, and much more!

The Cleveland Orchestra’s second-ever Blossom Summer Soirée, a special event to benefit the Orchestra’s summer home for music, will be held on Sunday, July 31. This magical evening will include an elegant dinner under the stars, followed by the evening’s concert. All proceeds from the event will go to The Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Music Festival. For more information about the Blossom Summer Soirée, as well as ticket and table options, please contact Sean Brewster at specialevents@clevelandorchestra.com.                                                                                              


GRIEG’S PIANO CONCERTO
Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 7:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jonathan Berman, conductor (Cleveland Orchestra debut)
Cédric Tiberghien, piano

GRIEG  Piano Concerto
SCHMIDT  Symphony No. 4

From its grand opening arpeggios to tour-de-force finale, Grieg’s masterpiece is one of the most popular — and most recognizable — piano concertos ever written. This summer, hear it performed by Cédric Tiberghien, who has been applauded by critics and audiences alike for his dynamic performances, versatility, and innovation.


BEETHOVEN’S NINTH
Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 7:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Jahja Ling, conductor
Leah Hawkins, soprano (Cleveland Orchestra debut)
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Issachah Savage, tenor (Cleveland Orchestra debut)
Raymond Aceto, bass
Blossom Festival Chorus
with the Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra

WAGNER  Siegfried Idyll                                                                                                                     
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”)

An Ode to Joy. An anthem for humanity. Experience one of history’s most powerful and inspiring artistic works. A masterpiece whose staggering influence is felt across cultures everywhere, it culminates with the famous Ode to Joy, a rallying cry for hope, humanity, and universal fellowship.

The Kent Blossom Music Festival began when a partnership between The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State University was formed in Blossom’s first season, 1968. The advanced training program brings musicians from around the world together for professional training in chamber music and orchestra studies with members of The Cleveland Orchestra. A pre-concert program of music featuring the Kent Blossom Chamber Orchestra will also be part of the concert evening. 

Special performance — not on subscription series


TRIFONOV PLAYS RACHMANINOFF
Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 7:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18                                                               
ADAMS  Harmonielehre

Hauntingly beautiful, heartrendingly emotional, and unabashedly romantic. Rachmaninoff wrote of his Second Piano Concerto, “What I try to do when writing down my music is to make it say simply and directly what is in my heart.”  Its soaring melodies have made it a perpetual hit since it was first composed. An artist The London Times calls “without question the most astounding pianist of our age,” Cleveland favorite Daniil Trifonov returns to perform this not-to-be-missed program.                              



Movie Night Live (Previously announced October 26, 2021):
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETSTM In Concert
Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 7:00pm
Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 7:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Justin Freer, conductor
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

WILLIAMS  Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTM (film with live orchestral score performed live to picture)

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious house-elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of his second year at Hogwarts. Adventure and danger await when bloody writing on a wall announces: The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. To save Hogwarts will require all of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage.

WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s22)

Movie Night Presenter: NOPEC                                                                                                            


VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS
Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 7:00pm

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra*
Vadim Gluzman, violin (Blossom Festival debut)

GEMINIANI (arr. Wiancko)  La Follia Variations
HAILSTORK  Sonata Da Chiesa for String Orchestra                                                                            
VIVALDI  The Four Seasons (for violin and orchestra)

Music that evokes the seasons and tells a story. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons portrays a year filled with hope, flowering growth, flourishing abundance, and the quiet gathering of energy for tomorrow. In one of the most evocative pieces of pastoral music, you will hear everything from singing birds, murmuring streams and soft breezes, to barking dogs, drunken country dancers, and an intense thunderstorm. The renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with acclaimed violinist Vadim Gluzman, returns to Blossom with one of music’s most loved works. 

“Playing with perfect unanimity, their performances have polish and spirit, and display an infectious love for making music.”—The New York Times

*The Cleveland Orchestra does not appear on this program.


THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Blossom Festival Orchestra
Andy Einhorn, conductor Victoria Bussert, director
in collaboration with 
Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music

RODGERS   The Sound of Music

The treasured musical by the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein. The heartwarming true story that became one of the most popular stage and film musicals of all time comes to the Blossom stage. Pack a picnic and bring the whole family for this special season finale, featuring The Blossom Festival Orchestra and members of the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music’s Music Theatre Program.  

*The Cleveland Orchestra does not appear on this program.


All programs, artists, and prices are subject to change.