2013 Blossom Festival schedule

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Blossom Music Festival premiere of Pixar in Concert features music and film clips from all 13 Pixar films

The Joffrey Ballet will return to the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Music Festival this summer for the 100th anniversary commemoration of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, which shocked the world in its 1913 Paris premiere. The ballet is the Joffrey’s 1987 reconstruction of original choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky and costumes by Nicholas Roerich.

The Joffrey Ballet, which last performed with the orchestra at Blossom in 2011, will appear Aug. 17 and 18.

This summer’s 19 concerts will include nine with the Cleveland Orchestra. Three — including the orchestra’s opening night July 5 with soprano Luba Orgonášová in her Cleveland Orchestra debut — will be conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. Orgonášová will perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs. Welser-Möst also will conduct a Beethoven program July 6 and a concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth July 13.

In pops music, the Blossom Music Festival premiere of Pixar in Concert will feature music and clips from all 13 Pixar films. The concert, featuring beloved films including Toy Story, The Incredibles and Up, will be conducted by Richard Kaufman.

Also on the Broadway/pops agenda are a premiere performance of the music of Simon & Garfunkel, sung by AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle; and a quintet of Broadway veterans for Broadway’s Leading Men, showcasing the tunes of legendary male leading roles.

Pavilion tickets are $25-$100. Tickets for the lawn and the general admission sections of the pavilion are $20; two children age 18 and younger are admitted with each adult lawn ticket.

Individual tickets go on sale by telephone (216-231-1111, 800-686-1141), at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, and online at www.clevelandorchestra.com on May 28. Blossom Music Center is at 1145 W. Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls. All artists and programs are subject to change.


Blossom Music Festival

8 p.m. July 3 and 4 — Blossom Festival Band; Loras John Schissel, conductor. A Salute to America with patriotic favorites from Gershwin, Sousa and others, the “1812 Overture,” and fireworks.

8 p.m. July 5 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst, conductor; Luba Orgonášová, soprano. Strauss, Four Last Songs; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 8. $20-$85.

8 p.m. July 6 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst, conductor; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano. Beethoven, Grosse Fuge; Liszt, Totentanz (for piano and orchestra); Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)

8 p.m. July 13 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst, conductor; Christine Brewer, soprano; Alan Held, bass. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth, with Prelude and “Liebestod” from Tristan and Isolde; “Wotan’s Farewell” and “Magic Fire Music” from Die Walküre; excerpts from Die Götterdämmerung.

7 p.m. July 14 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Michael Krajewski, conductor; AJ Swearingen, vocalist; Jonathan Beedle, vocalist. Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel with Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Sound of Silence, The Boxer, America, Mrs. Robinson and more.

8 p.m. July 20 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor; Joshua Smith, flute. Mozart, Symphony No. 33; Mozart, Flute Concerto No. 1; Cimarosa, Overture to Il matrimonio segreto; Haydn, Symphony No. 103 (“Drum Roll”)

7 p.m. July 21 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Robert Porco, conductor; Franklin Cohen, clarinet; Laquita Mitchell, soprano; Rodrick Dixon, tenor; Eric Greene, baritone; Blossom Festival Chorus. Williams, Liberty Fanfare; Williams, Suite from Lincoln; Navarro, II Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra; Gershwin/arr. Bennett, Highlights from Porgy and Bess.

7 p.m. July 27 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Stéphane Denève, conductor; Cédric Tiberghien, piano; Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra, James Feddeck, conductor. Berlioz, Overture to Les Francs-juges; Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2; Debussy, La Mer; Ravel, La Valse. (Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra performs at 7 p.m.; Cleveland Orchestra begins at 8.)

7 p.m. July 28 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Jack Everly, conductor. Broadway’s Leading Men: A quintet of Broadway veterans perform songs from legendary leading roles, such as Tony’s Maria from West Side Story, Dr. Jekyll’s This is the Moment from Jekyll and Hyde, Professor Harold Hill’s Ya Got Trouble from The Music Man, a medley from Les Misérables, and more.

8 p.m. August 3 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Kirill Karabits, conductor; Gil Shaham, violin. Glinka, Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila; Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto; Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5.

7 p.m. August 4 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey, conductor; Mark Kosower, cello; women of the Blossom Festival Chorus. Walton, The Spitfire: Prelude and Fugue; Barber, Cello Concerto; Holst, The Planets.

7 p.m. August 11 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Jahja Ling, conductor; Ray Chen, violin. Rossini, Overture to The Thieving Magpie; Vivaldi, The Four Seasons; Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”).

8 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 — The Joffrey Ballet; The Cleveland Orchestra; Tito Muñoz, conductor; Joela Jones, piano. Gould/Robbins, Interplay; Adams/Welch, Son of Chamber Symphony; Stravinsky/Nijinsky, The Rite of Spring (100th anniversary commemoration).

8 p.m. Aug. 24 — The Cleveland Orchestra; David Afkham, conductor; Martin Helmchen, piano. Beethoven, Overture to Coriolan; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1; Schubert, Symphony in C major (“The Great”).

7 p.m. Aug. 25 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey, conductor. Celebrating Popular Song: Cole Porter and Friends, featuring songs of Cole Porter and his contemporaries, including Richard Rodgers and Duke Ellington.

8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2013 — The Cleveland Orchestra; Richard Kaufman, conductor. Pixar in Concert. The orchestra performs songs from Pixar’s movies live, with film scenes projected on large screens.

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