The Cleveland Orchestra will blend the two faces of Blossom Music Center — orchestra and rock — with the Who’s Tommy July 8, featuring the band’s iconic lead singer Roger Daltrey in a celebration of the outdoor venue’s 50th anniversary.

The performance of the Who’s full album is one of numerous special events slated for the orchestra’s 2018 Blossom Music Festival season. The rock opera will be performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, Daltrey and members of the Who band.

“We were looking, with our 50th, to find connections,’’ said Ross Binnie, chief brand officer for the Cleveland Orchestra. “The Who went and started writing the album in September of ’68, so that would be 50 years ago. I think that’s a nice connection” to the anniversary.

Tommy was composed by the Who’s lead guitarist Pete Townshend and released in 1969. Featuring hits including Pinball Wizard and I’m Free, it’s considered one of the defining works of the rock era.

The story follows a deaf, dumb and blind boy who must rely on his sense of touch and imagination. As he grows older, he can feel vibrations well enough to become an expert pinball player, the “Pinball Wizard.”

The groundbreaking double album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. Daltrey played the title role in the 1975 Tommy film. It was adapted for the Broadway stage in 1993, where it ran for more than two years, won five Tony Awards and launched a touring company.

The Who, recognized as one of the most influential rock bands in history, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The band’s live performances of the Tommy album include two shows at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1970 and a collaboration with the London Symphony for a symphonic version of the album in 1972.

On the Blossom stage in July, vocal powerhouse Daltrey and the orchestra will be joined by touring members of the Who band, including Simon Townshend on guitar and backup vocals, Jon Button on bass guitar, Scott Devours on drums, Loren Gold on keyboard and Frank Simes on guitar. They will perform the full album from start to finish.

Blossom will be the last stop on what is now a 10-city tour for Daltrey and the Who. Over the last five summers, the Cleveland Orchestra has performed tribute concerts at Blossom with themes including Led Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles and ’70s music. But none of those concerts have re-created an entire album alongside an original band member.

“It fits nicely, I think, as sort of a nod to the past and yet something we’ve not tried before,’’ Binnie said. “We’re going to join up with Roger Daltrey and do it for real, in a sense. That’s pretty big news. I think it’s exciting for all of us to join the stage with someone that big.”

A presale for the special Tommy event for Cleveland Orchestra subscribers and donors and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began at 3 p.m. Monday. Tickets go on sale to the public starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, opened in 1968. Complete details of the Cleveland Orchestra’s 50th anniversary season at Blossom Music Festival will be announced in February.

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