2012 Blossom Festival
July 3, 8 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, Jahja Ling, conductor. America the Beautiful. Program includes Gershwin: An American in Paris; Tchaikovsky: “1812” Overture. Fireworks, weather permitting.
July 4, 8 p.m. — Blossom Festival Band, Loras John Schissel, conductor. Salute to America. Patriotic holiday favorites, including a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, Sousa marches, and Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture. Fireworks, weather permitting.
July 7, 8 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, Jahja Ling, conductor; Emanuel Ax, piano. Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart. Suppe: Overture to Poet and Peasant; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22, K. 482; Nicolai: Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor; Chopin: Andante spianato et Grand Polonaise brillante (for piano and orchestra); Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor; Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor; Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major.
July 14, 8 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, Vassily Sinaisky, conductor; Daniel Müller-Schott, cello. All Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasia; Rococo Variations; Symphony No. 1 (“Winter Dreams”).
July 15, 7 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor and piano; Tracy Dahl, soprano. Great Gershwin, Brilliant Bernstein. Gershwin: Cuban Overture; Bernstein: Glitter and Be Gay from Candide; Gershwin: Catfish Row — Symphonic Suite from Porgy and Bess; Gershwin (arr. Tovey): The Man I Love; Gershwin (arr. Tovey): They Can’t Take That Away from Me; Gershwin (arr. Tovey): A Foggy Day (In London Town); Gershwin (arr. Tovey): Fascinating Rhythm; Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
July 21, 8 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, Franklin Cohen, clarinet. Mozart Under the Stars. Mozart: Symphony No. 33; Clarinet Concerto; Overture to Idomeneo; Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”).
July 22, 7 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, Jack Everly, conductor. And the Beat Goes On! Music of the Baby Boomers. Turn back the clock to the 1960s when the “Fab Four” took the world by storm, summer was “endless,” and the nation grooved to the sounds of Motown.
July 28, 8 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra; Jahja Ling, conductor; Gil Shaham, violin. Beethoven’s Fifth. Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan; Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 5. Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. under the direction of James Feddeck.
July 29, 7 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor; Time for Three, string trio. Time for Three’s two violins and a bass create performances celebrated for their youthful high energy and improvisation, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms.
Aug. 4, 8 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, James Gaffigan, conductor; Daniil Trifonov, piano. Romeo and Juliet. Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Tristan and Isolde; Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet (compiled by James Gaffigan)
Aug. 5, 7 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, Johannes Debus, conductor; Michael Fabiano, tenor; Angela Meade, soprano; Blossom Festival Chorus. A Night at the Opera. Program includes arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Donizetti, and choruses. Fireworks, weather permitting.
Aug. 11, 8 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, Jakub Hrusa, conductor; Yuja Wang, piano. Yuja Wang Plays Tchaikovsky. Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (orchestrated by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov); Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Dvorak: Symphony No. 8. Blossom! Sizzle! Pop! Gala, benefit evening to support the Center for Future Audiences endowed by the Maltz Family Foundation. Packages include a pre-concert cocktail reception, pre-concert dinner, VIP concert tickets, and post-concert dessert with live jazz and dancing at the Blossom Grill.
Aug. 12, 7 p.m. — The Cleveland Orchestra, Richard Kaufman, conductor. Tribute to John Williams, In Celebration of His 80th Birthday. Program includes music from E.T., Harry Potter, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars and Superman.
Aug. 25, 8 p.m. — Preservation Hall Jazz Band (without orchestra) performing vintage sounds of New Orleans from every era.
Sept. 1, 8 p.m.; Sept. 2, 7 p.m. — Blossom Festival Orchestra, John Morris Russell, conductor; vocalists Christiane Noll, Debbie Gravitte, Doug LaBrecque. Broadway’s Greatest Hits. Program includes selections from Beauty and the Beast, Cats, A Chorus Line, Evita, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Fireworks, weather permitting.
All artists and programs are subject to change.