Why? The Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Music Festival!

The Cleveland Orchestra, which marked it’s 100th anniversary, is celebrating Blossom Music Center‘s 50th anniversary with a special season of The Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Music Festival.

Franz Welser-Most by Roger Mastroianni
Franz Welser-Most by Roger Mastroianni 

The Blossom Music Festival will include a Salute to America over the Fourth of July; Opening Night: Pictures at an Exhibit conducted by Franz Welser-Most; Audra McDonald Sings Broadway; The Little Mermaid – Live; Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach; and Star Wars A New Hope in Concert – Live.

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Yo-Yo Ma by Jason Bell 

For the second year, The Cleveland Orchestra will host the Blossom Picnic Contest, happening on July 15 with the Schumann’s Spring Symphony concert. Concertgoers can set up their perfect Blossom lawn picnic to be judged by local celebrities and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Winners will be judged on presentation, taste, and creativity.

Blossom-PhotoCredit-Roger-Mastroianni
Blossom Photo Credit: Roger-Mastroianni

Of course, even if you’re not competing or attending that particular concert, attendees to all the Blossom Music Festival shows are welcome to bring their picnic baskets to enjoy on the lawn.

The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom is one of Cleveland’s best summer traditions and this season, celebrating Blossom’s 50th year, is sure to be especially wonderful!

***Disclosure: I will receive two complimentary tickets to the Blossom Music Festival concert of my choice, courtesy of the Cleveland Orchestra. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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