Photo by Roger Mastroianni
Get your picnic baskets and wine bottles ready, the Cleveland Orchestra has finally announced its 2019 Blossom summer concert series schedule. Running June 29 through Labor Day Weekend, the orchestra is set to play 20 shows at the music center's outdoor shed.
Adding to the previously announced
Harry Potter and Star Wars bookend programs are a slew of diverse concerts covering everything from popular classical works to the Beach Boys.
-(July 3-4) Salute to America
Once again the Blossom Festival Band plays all the classic patriotic tunes while fireworks later burst in the distance.
- (July 5-6) Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin's seminal jazz-meets-classical work "Rhapsody in Blue" is a crowd favorite for a reason — it's incredible
. The lineup for the concert also includes the equally well-known and amazing "Suite from The Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky and the especially bombastic "1812 Overture" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
- (July 27) Elgar's Enigma Variations
No, you're not supposed to exactly understand Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations," but the piece's beauty will move you all the same. The program also includes the dynamite "Cello Concerto No.1" by Camille Saint-Saens.
- (July 28) Aretha: Queen of Soul
This show pays tribute to the queen herself, with crowd-favorite Capathia Jenkins singing the best of Aretha Franklin's tunes.
-(Aug. 11) Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds
Making their Cleveland Orchestra debuts are Beach Boys, Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin and Brian Wilson himself. The crew, along with the orchestra is set to play the seminal classic rock album Pet Sounds
in its entirety.
See the whole lineup right here.
Individual tickets for the season go on sale to the general public in April, but you can find lawn ticket books on sale here
. The orchestra is also continuing its lawn seating policy of kids under 18 in for free with a paying adult.